Permanent Representation of Estonia to the UN :: Press releases, News http://un.estemb.org en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss WiseCMS 2.0 hille.lepp@vm.ee hille.lepp@vm.ee Foreign Minister Urmas Paet at the UN Security Council: States are responsible for the protection of civilians in armed conflicts http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-988 <p>At the UN Security Council discussion on 12th of February, focusing on the protection of civilians in armed conflicts, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that States must take responsibility for finding solutions to ensure the safety of civilians. “Yet sometimes, as conflicts become more severe, precautionary measures are not sufficient and the international community must take decisive action to help alongside the UN Security Council in order to save lives,” the foreign minister said.</p><p>According to Paet, the central role of UN peacekeepers is often restoring peace, yet above all protecting lives. “Estonia will continue to support UN peacekeeping. Last year, we increased our contribution to peacekeeping significantly,” Paet said. “We are participating in the UN peacekeeping mission MINUSMA in Mali and the UNTSO mission in the Middle East. We also decided to participate in the European Union’s peace support mission in the Central African Republic," he added.</p><p>Paet commented that the UN Security Council must give a clear mandate for the missions. "In order to strengthen opportunities to protect civilians, the UN Security Council should also monitor the implementation of its decisions," he said.</p><p>The assurance of the human rights of civilians in conflict areas is very important to Estonia.&nbsp; “Estonia has focused its contributions for development cooperation and humanitarian aid to those most in need of support in Afghanistan, Mali, Syria, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Somalia and elsewhere. Unfortunately the work often becomes complicated and difficult for the humanitarian organizations, which go to great lengths in order to get aid to those in the most vulnerable situations. Therefore the UN Security Council must send a very clear message to all parties involved in an armed conflict, which would help in humanitarian aid reaching the needy,” Paet stressed.</p><p>Paet said that States have a duty to bring war criminals and human rights violators to justice. “But in addition to national legislation, international criminal law must also constantly be reinforced. Of particular importance is the International Criminal Court’s role in the prevention of future crimes – yet the court can only act effectively if governments cooperate with the Court," he remarked.<br> The UN Security Council open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflicts was organized by Lithuania, who holds the presidency of the UN Security Council in February.</p><p>While in New York, Foreign Minister Paet also deposited the instrument of ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict to the Secretary-General of the UN and met with the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:00:17 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-988 Estonia Joined Amendment on the Crime of Aggression in International Criminal Court http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-892 <p>Yesterday, 27 March, Estonian Ambassador to the UN Margus Kolga presented a letter of ratification of amendments to the Rome Statue to UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Patricia O'Brien in New York. The amendments primarily address the crime of aggression.</p><p>Also present at the presentation of the letter of ratification was President of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court Tiina Intelmann, who expressed satisfaction over the ratification and encouraged other countries to follow Estonia’s example.</p><p>Ambassador Kolga said that Estonia is the second country in the European Union and the fifth country in the world to ratify the amendments on the crime of aggression. “The goal of the amendments is to make it possible to bring to trial political and military leaders that have initiated acts of aggression,” Kolga noted. “The amendments also protect potential victims of aggression,” he added.</p><p>The International Criminal Court will gain the right to investigate crimes of aggression as of 2017, on the condition that the Kampala amendments have been ratified by 30 countries. This is why it is essential that the amendments be ratified by as many of the participating countries as possible.</p><p>Estonia has repeatedly called on countries to join the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court and for the member states of the court to join the Kampala amendments.</p><p>In order to hold an individual responsible for a crime of aggression, an act of aggression must have been committed. A crime of aggression means the planning, preparation, initiation or execution, by a person in a position that allows him or her to exercise control over or to direct the political or military action of a state. Therefore crimes of aggression can first and foremost be committed by heads of state and government, as well as military leaders. An act of aggression means the use of armed force by a state against the sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence of another state. In addition, an act of aggression by its character, gravity and scale constitutes a manifest violation of the Charter of the United Nations.</p><p>In Kampala, the capital of Uganda, in June of 2010, the primary points of contention in reaching an agreement were related to the conditions in which the court can exercise its jurisdiction. A compromise was reached by which the court can first and foremost start an investigation when a situation is referred by the UN Security Council. Under certain circumstances the start of an investigation can be requested by the state itself, or the court can initiate a request.</p><p>The need to compile the Kampala amendments to the Rome Statute came about because during the negotiations of the Rome Statute in 1998, which ended in the creation of the International Criminal Court, a consensus was not reached regarding the definition and jurisdictional conditions of crimes of aggression. </p><p>Photos: <a title="http://tinyurl.com/cugrnbw " href="http://tinyurl.com/cugrnbw">http://tinyurl.com/cugrnbw </a></p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:29:22 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-892 Estonia Contributes to UN Peacekeeping Operations http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-816 <p>Nr 222-E<br><br><br>Estonia is interested in expanding its participation in UN peacekeeping operations in the next few years, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said during his meeting in New York with UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous. “Estonia has long-term experience participating in the operations of the European Union and NATO, and in the near future we would like to expand our participation in UN operations as well,” Paet noted.</p><p>Paet stated that Estonia has participated in UN peacekeeping missions since 1997 and is currently contributing two military observers. “We are currently participating in the UN’s military supervision mission in the Middle East UNTSO and the Syrian supervision mission UNSMIS,” Paet said. “However, by the year 2016 we would like to increase the number of observers to five, participating in up to three different operations,” he added.</p><p>At their meeting, Paet and Ladsous also spoke about the ever-worsening situation in Syria. The head of UN peacekeeping operations gave an overview of his recent visit to Syria. “The situation in Syria is extremely alarming – a political solution is needed,” Ladsous said.</p><p>Ladsous thanked Estonia for contributing to the UNSMIS supervision mission in Syria.</p><p>Foreign Minister Urmas Paet emphasised the UN’s leading role and responsibility for finding a solution to end the violence in Syria. “The crimes against the people of Syria must stop. By now the conflict has touched the lives of over two million people,” said Paet. “We support the efforts of the UN and the Arab League to end the civil war,” he added.</p><p>Paet said that Estonia will continue to contribute a soldier to the UNSMIS supervision mission in Syria in accordance with the mandate of the UN Security Council.<br><br><a href="http://tinyurl.com/d7jzdml" target="_blank">Photos</a></p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 13:00:27 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-816 Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and President of UN General Assembly Discussed Stopping Violence in Syria http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-815 <p>Nr 220–E<br><br>At his meeting in New York yesterday with President of the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet expressed deep concern over the developments in Syria and noted that the UN has a leading role and responsibility for finding a solution to end the violence. “The crimes against the people of Syria must stop. We support the efforts of the UN and the Arab League to end the civil war,” Paet stated. “Estonia will continue to contribute to the UNSMIS supervision mission in Syria in accordance with the mandate of the UN Security Council,” he added. Al-Nasser stated that on 2 August the General Assembly will once again vote on a resolution regarding Syria that was proposed by Saudi Arabia on behalf of the Arab group. Paet said that possible war crimes must also be investigated. “The UN must fulfil its leading role in order to end the violence and killing in Syria and to uncover the path towards stabilising the situation in Syria,” he added.</p><p>At their meeting, Paet and Al-Nasser also spoke about supporting the importance of rule of law in the world and Estonia’s work as the president of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court (ICC). “Priorities for Estonia are developing rule of law and fighting against impunity in the world,” said Paet. “As president of the Assembly of States Parties of the ICC, we feel it is essential to help new countries join the ICC and thereby achieve the global jurisdiction of the court,” he said.</p><p>Paet and Al-Nasser also talked about the reform of the UN General Assembly during their meeting. “We feel it is essential to increase the authority of the General Assembly and make its working methods more effective,” said Paet. “We also support carrying out debates on current topics and high-level meetings during the General Assembly – for example, the debate on the peaceful resolution of conflicts held at the beginning of the current assembly was very timely,” he added.</p><p>Today, 31 July, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet will meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Foreign Minister Paet also has meetings scheduled with UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey D. Feltman and UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous.<br><br><a href="http://tinyurl.com/d6otta2" target="_blank">Photos</a><br></p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 12:58:33 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-815 Foreign Minister Urmas Paet Met With UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-814 <p>Nr 221-E<br><br><br>While talking about the worsening situation in Syria at his meeting in New York yesterday with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that the UN has a leading role and responsibility for finding a solution to end the violence. “The crimes against the people of Syria must stop. By now the conflict has touched the lives of over two million people,” said Paet. “We support the efforts of the UN and the Arab League to end the civil war,” he added. Paet stated that Estonia will continue to contribute to the UNSMIS supervision mission in Syria in accordance with the mandate of the UN Security Council.</p><p>The UN Secretary-General stated that the continuation of armed fighting will not lead to a solution. “The further militarisation of the conflict will only extend the destruction and suffering and could pose a threat to Syria’s neighbours,” said Ban. “Each day that the violence continues, more and more Syrians are killed, tortured, or forced to leave their homes,” he added.</p><p>Foreign Minister Paet also introduced Estonia’s candidacy plans to be a member of the UN Human Rights Council this year and part of the UN Security Council in 2020. At the meeting Paet emphasised that Estonia feels that supporting the development of rule of law in the world is very important. “Estonia’s activities as president of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court (ICC) are geared towards developing rule of law and fighting impunity in the world,” said Paet. “We feel it is essential to achieve the global jurisdiction of the court by getting as many countries as possible to join the ICC,” he said. Ban recognised Estonia’s contribution to developing the International Criminal Court. Paet once again extended an invitation to Ban to visit Estonia in the near future.</p><p>At the meeting the Estonian foreign minister also spoke to the UN Secretary-General about getting out of the economic crisis, sustainable development, and the UN sustainable development conference that took place at the end of June in Rio de Janeiro. “We support adherence to principles of sustainable development in economic development – making investments into education, technology, and a knowledge-based society,” Paet noted.</p><p>Foreign Minister Paet also met today with UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey D. Feltman.<br><br><a href="http://tinyurl.com/d7jzdml" target="_blank">Photos</a><br></p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 12:58:46 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-814 Estonia Helps Haiti Manage Cholera Epidemic http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-700 <P>Estonia is supporting the activities of UNICEF is alleviating the situation of residents of Haiti, particularly woman and children, during the cholera epidemic. To this end the Foreign Ministry is allocating nearly 60 000 euros to support UNICEF.</P><P jQuery1292617304930="5">Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that the complicated humanitarian situation in Haiti, which suffered an earthquake at the beginning of this year, has gotten even worse as a result of the vast cholera epidemic that began in October. “Over 2 100 people have already died due to the epidemic, and nearly 45 000 have been taken to hospitals. The situation is very critical in regions that suffered as a result of the earthquake, where the need for humanitarian aid is especially great,” Paet emphasised. “In order to prevent the further spread of the epidemic, the clean water issue must be resolved and sanitary and hygiene problems must be improved,” he added. </P> <P jQuery1292617304930="7">The goal of UNICEF’s activities in Haiti is to improve the situation for people, especially women and children, living in temporary camps by increasing the availability of clean water and ensuring hygienic conditions. In order to help the million resettled residents, including 420 000 children and 300 000 women, UNICEF will need 18.8 million EUR.</P> <P>The 7.3 magnitude earthquake that took place on 12 January of this year and its aftershocks caused extensive destruction in Haiti and left 1.5 million people without homes, clean water, and normal sanitary conditions.</P> <P><BR>SPOKESPERSON’S OFFICE<BR>+372 637 7654<BR><A href="mailto:pressitalitus@mfa.ee">pressitalitus@mfa.ee</A></P> Sun, 12 Dec 2010 20:21:26 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-700 Estonia Chosen as Member of UN Women Executive Board http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-696 <P>On 10 November the UN Economic and Security Council chose Estonia as a member of the Executive Board of the newly created UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).</P><P jQuery1289490244985="5">The new UN agency, which was created on 2 July, will address women’s rights and equality issues all over the world and implement concrete and focused programmes for improving the situation of women in developing countries. The creation of the agency was preceded by six months of intense negotiations among the UN member states led by the ambassadors of Estonia and Tunisia in order to achieve an agreement on bringing together all of the UN sub-organisations addressing the rights of women under one agency. The agency UN Women, created under the leadership of Estonia and Tunisia, will be led by former president of Chile Michelle Bachelet. </P> <P>The Executive Board is the governing body of the UN Women agency, which supports the agency on behalf of the member states and monitors the agency’s activities. Estonia was chosen largely thanks to its visible past contributions to promoting women’s rights in the work of the UN. Estonia’s membership status in the Executive Board of the UN Entity for Gender Equality (UN Women) will last until the end of 2012. From 2007-2009 Estonia was the chairman of the Consultative Committee of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), which is now a part of UN Women.</P> <P>There are a total of 41 UN member states on the executive board of UN Women, through which all the regions in the world are represented.</P> <P>SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE<BR>+372 637 7654<BR><A href="mailto:pressitalitus@mfa.ee">pressitalitus@mfa.ee</A><BR></P> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 15:42:51 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-696 Foreign Minister Paet: Estonia Feels Quick Reaction to Emergency Situations is Important http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-693 <P jQuery1285769970478="5">No. 297-E</P> <P>During his meeting in New York with UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that reacting quickly to emergency situations is important to Estonia. “We have done so this year after the disasters in Haiti in Pakistan, when we have helped to co-ordinate the delivery of aid to those who need it. There are Estonian experts working in Haiti and Pakistan right now, co-ordinating the distribution of aid,” said Foreign Minister Urmas Paet. “The construction of a field camp for 70 UN aid workers in the city of Sukkur in Pakistan was recently started with the help of some Estonian rescue experts,” Paet added. </P><P>The new UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos emphasised that co-operation with Estonian humanitarian aid co-ordinators and experts is good. “Our co-operation confirms that a contribution does not always have to be large financially in order to be effective,” said Amos.</P> <P>Foreign Minister Paet also introduced Estonia’s plans for participating in international aid activities. “With the draft of the state budget approved by the government last week, Estonia is taking an important step towards fulfilling our international responsibilities,” Paet said.</P> <P jQuery1285769970478="7">Foreign Minister Paet also met in New York with representatives of the American Jewish Committee, with whom he discussed the suspended Middle East peace process and its developments, as well as co-operation with the Jewish community in Estonia. “The Estonian Jewish community is active. The main Jewish organisation, the Estonian Jewish Community, functions in accordance with statutes that are a continuation of the Jewish cultural autonomy that was originally declared in 1926,” said Paet during the meeting. “Estonia has condemned all crimes against humanity, including the Holocaust. The Holocaust is taught in our school system, and during the past few years many Estonian teachers have had the opportunity to supplement their knowledge at courses organised by the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum,” Paet noted.</P> <P>SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE<BR>+372 637 7654<BR><A href="mailto:pressitalitus@mfa.ee">pressitalitus@mfa.ee</A><BR></P> Tue, 28 Sep 2010 14:19:22 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-693 Foreign Minister Paet Met with His Colleagues from Georgia, Yemen and Lesotho http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-692 <P>No. 298–E</P> <P jQuery1285769877009="5">Within the framework of the UN General Assembly, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet met in New York with Foreign Minister of Yemen Abu Bakr Abdallah al-Qirbi, Foreign Minister of Lesotho Mohlabi Kenneth Tsekoa, and Georgian Foreign Minister Gregory Vashadze.</P><P jQuery1285769877009="7">The meetings focused on opportunities for intensifying relations with Georgia, Yemen and Lesotho. With the foreign ministers of Yemen and Lesotho, Paet discussed matters related to developing economic co-operation and appointing reciprocal honorary consuls. Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that in order to augment its relations and representation, Estonia would like to consistently expand its network of honorary consuls. “Estonia’s network of foreign representations is limited, but in many nations we are represented by and our citizens are aided by our active honorary consuls. We are interested in continuing to develop our network of honorary consuls and would like to find opportunities to appoint honorary consuls in Yemen and Lesotho,” said Paet. </P> <P>Estonian honorary consuls help Estonian citizens with consular issues in their country of residence and also facilitate cultural and economic contacts. More information about Estonia’s network of honorary consuls across the globe is available here: <A title=http://www.vm.ee/?q=en/taxonomy/term/155 href="http://www.vm.ee/?q=en/taxonomy/term/155">http://www.vm.ee/?q=en/taxonomy/term/155</A>.</P> <P>At the meetings with the foreign ministers of Yemen and Lesotho it was agreed to establish diplomatic relations between Estonia and Yemen and Estonia and Lesotho.</P> Tue, 28 Sep 2010 14:18:11 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-692 Foreign Minister Paet in New York: Fight Against Corruption is Prerequisite for Development of Society http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-683 <P>No. 296-E</P> <P>While performing at the Blouin Foundation conference in New York, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that two requirements for effective development co-operation are a significant reduction in corruption and the establishment of good governing standards in development co-operation partner countries.</P><P>Paet stated that giving aid to developing countries will remain less effective as long as sufficient steps are not taken in those countries to fight corruption and establish good governing standards and rule of law. “The goal of international development co-operation must be to fundamentally change our partner countries, not just constantly give them humanitarian aid. Without these kinds of profound changes, the motivation of donor nations to contribute to development aid will wane, and the financial fulfilment of development aid goals will be jeopardised,” Paet stressed. </P> <P jQuery1285606457601="6">At the conference, Paet gave the example that the European Union’s giving of development aid to third countries should conform to the EU’s values and political goals more than it has before. “Inevitably a question arises as to the efficiency of development aid if, for example, a country that receives consistent financial aid from the EU acts internationally in a way that is against the EU’s principles, or if it oppresses its citizens,” he added.</P> <P>The goal of the Blouin Foundation, which was founded in 2005, is to increase awareness of the challenges and opportunities of globalisation. This year’s conference was the fifth one organised by the foundation to act as a forum for think tanks dealing with leadership experiences, the academic world, international media, and state leaders.</P> <P>Today Foreign Minister Urmas Paet will meet in New York with UN Under-Secretary General and new chief of the Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Valerie Amos. The focus of their meeting will be on the UN’s reaction capability in crisis situations and co-operation with donor nations. Foreign Minister Paet will also meet with representatives of the American Jewish Committee, with whom he will discuss the ongoing Middle East peace process and its developments, as well as co-operation with the Jewish community in Estonia.</P> <P>SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE<BR>+372 637 7654<BR><A href="mailto:pressitalitus@mfa.ee">pressitalitus@mfa.ee</A><BR></P> Mon, 27 Sep 2010 16:54:23 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-683 Estonian Foreign Minister Calls On UN to Support Women in Conflict Zones http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-682 <P>No. 295-E</P> <P jQuery1285606389553="5">Foreign Minister Urmas Paet spoke at the UN General Assembly conference dedicated to conflict zones and alleviating the situations of the women in them. Speaking at the conference along with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Finnish Minister Elisabet Rehn, and many other ministers, Paet emphasised that in order to improve the situation of women in conflict zones, increased attention and support will be required first.</P><P>Paet emphasised that women in armed conflict zones need help with getting by in everyday life as well as with improving their opportunities and security. “During the past few years Estonia has consistently carried out projects geared towards women, and our development co-operation projects have focused on women’s opportunities to protect their rights and on increasing women’s confidence and social activeness,” said Paet, explaining how Estonia has done its part. “For example, after the 2008 war in Georgia, Estonia sent psychologists to Georgia to counsel women and children suffering from war trauma. Our recent aid projects in Afghanistan have been geared towards improving the health-related knowledge of women there, as well as education. We also emphasise politics, in which women should play a greater role,” Paet stated. </P> <P jQuery1285606389553="7">At the conference marking the 10th anniversary of UN resolution 1325, which focuses on women and their security, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described the broad spectrum of violence against women that takes place in conflict zones, from physical and sexual violence to psychological abuse. Ban also called upon the nations to be focused in their endeavours and to increase their resources for aiding women in conflict zones.</P> <P>This year’s UN General Assembly is focused on the Millennium Development Goals, particularly topics related to women, peace and security. Estonia is organising an international conference dedicated to the rights of women to take place in Tallinn in November, where the focus will be on women in specific conflict areas, especially Afghanistan.</P> <P>SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE<BR>+372 637 7654<BR><A href="mailto:pressitalitus@mfa.ee">pressitalitus@mfa.ee</A><BR></P> Sun, 26 Sep 2010 16:53:23 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-682 Foreign Minister Paet: People in Conflict Zones Need More Aid http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-679 Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, who is in New York for a working visit, gave a speech in the UN General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals. In addition to the Estonian foreign minister, others who will be speaking at the conference dedicated to the Millennium Development Goals are UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, World Bank President Robert Zoellick, IMF Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, UN Development Chief Helen Clark, and many other state leaders and ministers. <P>Paet stressed that the ability to achieve the goals set for the year 2015 and ensure stability in the world are constantly coming under more doubt, since the schedule that was agreed upon internationally is not being followed. “We must take into consideration that a third of the world’s poor live in unstable states and currently over 42 million people are displaced by conflict. Confronting our economic difficulties is necessary in order to increase the stability of the whole world,” Paet said, emphasising the significance of achieving the goals. “This is why we should focus our primary development co-operation resources on conflict zones—alleviating the situations of women, children and men who live in them and guaranteeing their human rights,” said the Estonian foreign minister.</P> <P>Paet stressed that it is well-focused resources that will help to increase educational and health care opportunities for children, as well as the availability of clean drinking water. A rise in education would, in turn, help with awareness of serious diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS. “Today’s information and communications technology advancements also play a role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals,” Paet stressed. As an example, Paet described the development co-operation projects through which Estonia introduces its e-state and e-government projects and helps to establish similar systems in Georgia, Moldova, Afghanistan, Palestine, and many other countries.</P> <P>The Millennium Development Goals programme is the first large-scale programme aimed at reducing poverty, inequality and discrimination. More information on the goals that are to be fulfilled by the year 2015: <A title=http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/ href="http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/" jQuery1285162680383="8">http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/</A>.</P> <P>Estonia’s first development co-operation project began in 1998, and since then the Estonian Foreign Ministry has systematically developed its focus on and projects for development co-operation, along with its budget for development co-operation and humanitarian aid.<BR><BR>SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE<BR>+372 637 7654</P> Tue, 21 Sep 2010 13:38:14 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-679 Estonia Supports Tough Monitoring of Nuclear Developments http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-665 <P>Meeting with executive secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Tibor Toth in New York, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia supports the work of the CTBTO in building up a verification regime for nuclear testing.</P><P>Paet stated that an effective monitoring system helps to achieve security regarding the appropriate use of nuclear energy and nuclear testing. “Uniting the restriction of nuclear arms and the ban on nuclear testing is necessary to increase the nuclear safety of the world, but it must happen alongside global security measures and monitoring systems being made more effective,” said Paet. “Building up the system will hopefully give additional security to nations that have not yet joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). It is essential that the international community would be provided with information on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy,” noted the Estonian foreign minister.</P> <P>During his meeting with Toth, Paet confirmed that Estonia as a European Union member state actively supports the role of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) in restricting nuclear testing and in its monitoring work. Estonia also supports the work done to persuade countries to join the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.</P> <P>The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) was opened for signing in 1996. Estonia signed the agreement and it was ratified by the Riigikogu in 1999. The treaty will come into effect six months after it has been ratified by all 44 nations that possessed nuclear capability at the time of its creation.</P> <P>On Friday Paet will meet in Washington with World Bank director Robert Zoellick.<BR><BR>SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE<BR>+372 637 7654</P> Thu, 06 May 2010 16:04:36 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-665 Estonia Supports Advancing Nuclear Safety Monitoring http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-664 At the Review Conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in New York, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that the restriction of nuclear arms must take place alongside the formulation of security measures, so that transparency and security could be ensured in the civilian use of nuclear power as well.<P>Speaking at UN Headquarters, Paet noted that the Review Conference on Nuclear Non-Proliferation was taking place against a backdrop of positive developments in arms control in the world, but despite that we cannot allow ourselves to forget that quite a few nations have yet to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). “The renewed strategic arms reduction agreement between the United States and Russia is an important milestone for arms control that takes us a step closer to a safer world,” stated Paet. “However, we must be realists. This is why Estonia fully supports future nuclear security and the advancement of the monitoring systems that support it. Effective monitoring in nuclear testing and civilian use of nuclear energy is necessary,” said the Estonian foreign minister. </P> <P>Paet emphasised that looking into the future, there is great potential for the civilian use of nuclear energy. “The rapid growth of the use of nuclear fuel for civilian purposes deserves support for its environmental protection aspects,” said Paet. “Energy security and battling climate change continue to be important goals. Taking into account the explosively growing interest towards peaceful uses of nuclear energy, Estonia supports the establishment of a Low Enriched Uranium bank under the control of the IAEA,” he asserted.</P> <P>At the Review Conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that began this week, the primary topics that will be addressed are practical measures for nuclear disarmament; nuclear non-proliferation, including the promoting and strengthening of safeguards; measures to advance the peaceful use of nuclear energy; regional issues, such as the creation of a nuclear arms-free zone; measures to address withdrawal from the Treaty; the universality of the Treaty; and promoting disarmament education in the world.</P> <P>Within the framework of the NPT Review Conference, Foreign Minister Paet will meet with executive secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Tibor Toth and Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith.</P> <P>On Friday Paet will meet in Washington with World Bank director Robert Zoellick.</P> Wed, 05 May 2010 16:04:36 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-664 Mission of Estonian Experts in Haiti to Last Until End of April http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-653 <P>Due to the complicated humanitarian situation there, Estonia will soon be sending a medical worker and a mechanic to support the work of rescue teams in Haiti. According to Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, the mission of the medical worker and mechanic will last until the end of April. “The mission of the Estonian logistics experts currently in Haiti will last until the middle of February,” said Paet.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P><P>Foreign Minister Urmas Paet emphasised that the humanitarian situation in Haiti continues to be very complicated. “In order for the aid that has been donated and that will continue to be donated to reach those in need, the international community must have close co-operation. Helping to co-ordinate aid is the goal of the Estonian logistics experts in Haiti,” stressed Paet. “At the same time, we must make plans for the reconstruction and restoration of Haiti as well,” he added. </P> <P>The aid that has been given by Estonia thus far to alleviate the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti totals 5.5 million kroons (352 500 EUR). Three million kroons (192 300 EUR) are reaching Haiti in the form of our and other international experts, and 2.5 million (160 000 EUR) were donated through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).</P> <P>To support the aid activities of international organisations, Estonia sent two 45 m2 tents with floors, furniture and lighting to Haiti, which are needed to provide temporary living and working space for the aid workers. Estonia has also sent an IT expert and a three-member logistics team with supplies to support the activities of the international organisations in Haiti. A member of the Estonian Rescue Service was working in Haiti as part of the European Union evaluation team.</P> <P>The European Commission has promised to support long-term reconstruction work in Haiti with 3.1 billion kroons (200 million EUR). The European Commission has allocated 468 million kroons (30 million EUR) for humanitarian aid in Haiti and the member states have bilaterally donated nearly 1.44 billion kroons (92 million EUR).</P> <P>SPOKESPERSON´S OFFICE<BR>+372 637 7654<BR>+372 521 3085<BR><A href="mailto:pressitalitus@mfa.ee" jQuery1265643330343="8">pressitalitus@mfa.ee</A><BR></P> Sat, 06 Feb 2010 15:38:29 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-653 Estonian Foreign Minister Keynote Speaker at Meeting of UN Economic and Social Concil http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-627 <P><FONT class=punasuur>Estonian Foreign Minister Keynote Speaker at Meeting of UN Economic and Social Council</FONT></P><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=480 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD vAlign=top><FONT color=#000000></FONT></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><IMG height=22 alt="" src="http://web-static.vm.ee/imgs/pix.gif" width=1 border=0></TD></TR> <TR> <TD class=musttava vAlign=top> <P> <P>In his opening keynote address at the high-level meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today, 6 July, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that unfortunately health standards all over the world are far from satisfactory and there is a great deal of work to be done before health care opportunities are sufficiently competent and accessible. <BR><BR>As the representative of the vice president of ECOSOC, Paet emphasised that in order to make progress in developing world health care and fulfil the Millennium Development Goals, international co-operation must be developed both in UN organisations and among governments, intergovernmental organisations, and businesses. <BR><BR>In his speech, Paet also gave examples of signs of progress in world health care. “Although the co-operation of the World Health Organisation and other international organisations has been successful in reducing child mortality and malnourishment, and steps have been taken towards fighting tuberculosis, HIV and malaria, the situation in sub-Saharan Africa is far from satisfactory,” said Paet. “Improving the health care situation continues to be the most complicated in conflict areas and nations with high HIV infection rates,” Paet noted. <BR><BR>Paet stated that child mortality is still very high in some countries. “This is also true of infant mortality and maternal death rates. Every year half a million young women die in childbirth or during pregnancy. Ninety-nine percent of these tragic occurrences take place in developing nations and could be preventable with timely treatment,” Paet added. <BR><BR>In talking about the global financial crisis, Foreign Minister Paet emphasised that developing nations have been the hardest hit by the crisis and their health care systems have been placed under even greater pressure. “The health care system is not merely a healing instrument,” said Paet. “Functioning health care systems help with the prevention of disease and social security, which is one of the first prerequisites for economic development and productivity,” emphasised the Estonian foreign minister, saying that the global economic crisis has made the need for better health care even more apparent than before. <BR><BR>To illustrate how Estonia is doing its part, Paet spoke about the development of the health care system in Helmand Province. “Our experience in Helmand shows that even in extreme circumstances, efforts can be made that significantly improve health care opportunities for local people,” Paet said about the work of the Estonian health care expert in Afghanistan. <BR><BR>The Economic and Social Council is the UN’s primary organ for dealing with economic and social issues. The ECOSOC’s mission is to advance economic development, the protection of human rights, and international co-operation in various social areas, as well as to co-ordinate the activities of UN special agencies, programmes and funds. The Council initiates or implements studies, offers suggestions, prepares conventions and organises international conferences. The 54 members of the ECOSOC are chosen by the UN General Assembly. <BR><BR>Estonia’s membership in the ECOSOC began on 1 January 2009 and will last for three years until 31 December 2011. On 15 January 2009 Estonia was chosen as a vice-president of the ECOSOC in the UN’s main headquarters in New York. <BR><BR>Additional information about the ECOSOC meeting in Geneva can be found at <A href="http://www.un.org/ecosoc">http://www.un.org/ecosoc</A>. </P></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE> Mon, 06 Jul 2009 19:53:38 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-627 Estonia Becomes Vice President of UN Economic and Social Council http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-613 <P>Estonia was chosen to be a vice president of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at UN Headquarters in New York on 15 January. The function of vice president will be filled by Estonia's permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Tiina Intelmann. <BR><BR>The Economic and Social Council addresses many subjects that are important to Estonia, such as development co-operation, human rights, and humanitarian issues. Membership in the ECOSOC gives Estonia an opportunity to increase its visibility in the international arena, intensify relations with developing countries, and focus on the humanitarian aid sector. Estonia will also be able to continue being active in making equal rights and the advancement of the situation of women more prominent in the UN's development activities. <BR><BR>The Economic and Social Council is the UN's primary organ for dealing with economic and social issues. The ECOSOC's mission is to advance economic development, the protection of human rights, and international co-operation in various social areas, as well as to co-ordinate the activities of UN special agencies, programmes and funds. The Council initiates or implements studies, offers suggestions, prepares conventions and organises international conferences. The 54 members of the ECOSOC are chosen by the UN General Assembly. <BR><BR>In addition to Tiina Intelmann, the other vice presidents of the ECOSOC are representatives of Malaysia, El Salvador, and Mauritania. <BR><BR>Estonia's membership in the ECOSOC began on 1 January 2009 and will last for three years until 31 December 2011. <BR><BR>Estonia has also announced its candidacy to become a member of the UN Human Rights Council in 2012 and the UN Security Council in 2020. <BR><BR>Additional information about the ECOSOC can be found at <A href="http://www.un.org/ecosoc">http://www.un.org/ecosoc</A>.</P> <P>Spokesperson's Office <BR>+372 637 7654 <BR>+372 521 3085 <BR><A href="mailto:pressitalitus@mfa.ee">pressitalitus@mfa.ee</A></P> <P><BR><BR>&nbsp;</P> Mon, 19 Jan 2009 08:00:57 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-613 Paet and UN Secretary-General Discuss Gaza, Georgia, Fight against Piracy http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-596 <P>At his meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York on the evening of Monday, 12 January, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet expressed hope that after the approval of the UN Security Council resolution on 8 January it will be possible for Gaza to establish a truce so that civilian deaths will end. <BR><BR>In addition to the situation in Gaza, Paet also discussed developments in Georgia, Afghanistan, Somalia and Congo, as well as Estonia's activities within the framework of the UN with the UN Secretary-General in New York. <BR><BR>At the meeting, Ban Ki-Moon stated that he was going on a six-day visit to the Middle East, during which he would visit eight nations with the goal of quickly achieving a lasting truce in Gaza. He said that after achieving a truce, it will be essential to focus on building up Gaza and establishing unity among the Palestinians, which would allow the peace process to move forward. <BR><BR>Paet also stated that the primary goals are guaranteeing the safety of civilians and that humanitarian aid has access to Gaza. “Estonia has given a million kroons' worth of aid for helping to alleviate the humanitarian situation in Gaza through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees. A truce would allow for border crossings to be opened and the peace process to continue,” he said. <BR><BR>The UN Secretary-General affirmed the importance of Estonia's activities in helping Georgian reforms. Foreign Minister Paet said it is essential for the mandate of the UNOMIG (United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia), which ends in the middle of February, to be extended, because the Georgian security situation still requires the presence of international organisations. “The focus must be on building Georgia up after the war and increasing security, so that the nation could continue to make democratic reforms,” Paet asserted. <BR><BR>The issue of pirates in Somalia was also addressed at the meeting. Paet stated that the UN Security Council's decision that allows the international community to fight against pirates both in Somali waters and on the mainland is essential for limiting piracy. “Unfortunately, even some Estonian residents have been in the hands of pirates. Combating piracy in co-operation with the European Union and other nations is very important for Estonia,” he emphasised. </P> <P><IMG alt="Urmas Paet and Ban Ki-moon" src="http://web-static.vm.ee/static/failid/436/paet ja ki-moon.JPG" width=452 border=0><BR><BR>Ban Ki-moon stated that resolving Somalia's domestic political crisis also plays a major role in getting Somali piracy under control, as it would allow for the creation of a unified government. <BR><BR>Ban Ki-moon and Paet both emphasised the UN's role in supporting civil society and improving the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. The UN Secretary-General stated that the UN is expanding its activity in Afghanistan little by little, steadily reaching out into more provinces. <BR><BR>Paet asserted that Afghanistan is an essential development co-operation partner for Estonia, and Estonia is interested in the expansion of the UN mission's activities to the southern regions of Afghanistan. “The presence of the UN mission in all regions of Afghanistan would improve the co-ordination of development activities and political communication,” he added. <BR><BR>Spokesperson's Office <BR>+372 637 7654 <BR>+372 521 3085 <BR><A href="mailto:pressitalitus@mfa.ee">pressitalitus@mfa.ee</A></P> <P><BR><BR>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 13 Jan 2009 09:27:38 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-596 Estonia Became Member of UN Economic and Social Council http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-584 <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=480 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD vAlign=top><FONT color=#000000></FONT></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><IMG height=22 alt="" src="http://web-static.vm.ee/imgs/pix.gif" width=1 border=0></TD></TR> <TR> <TD class=musttava vAlign=top> <P>Estonia was chosen to be a member of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for the first time at UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday, 22 October. Estonia’s membership in ECOSOC will begin on 1 January 2009 and last for three years, until 31 December 2011. <BR><BR>The Economic and Social Council addresses many issues that are important to Estonia, such as development co-operation, human rights, and humanitarian issues. Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that Estonia can focus on humanitarian topics in ECOSOC, maintaining and enhancing our humanitarian aid reputation. “Our membership will also give Estonia a chance to increase its visibility in the international arena, intensify relations with developing countries, and continue being actively involved in advancing equal rights and the situation of women through UN development activities,” said the foreign minister. <BR><BR>The Economic and Social Council is the principal organ in the UN dealing with economic and social issues. ECOSOC is responsible for advancing economic development, human rights protection, and international co-operation in various social fields and to co-ordinate the activities of UN special agencies, programmes, and funds. The Council has the power to make or initiate studies, make recommendations, prepare conventions, and organise international conferences. ECOSOC’s 54 member states are chosen by the UN General Assembly. <BR><BR>Estonia has also submitted its candidacy to become a member of the UN Human Rights Council in 2012 and a member of the UN Security Council in 2020. <BR><BR>More information about ECOSOC can be found at: <A href="http://www.un.org/ecosoc/">http://www.un.org/ecosoc/</A><A href="http://www.un.org/ecosoc/"></A></P> <DIV>SPOKESPERSON´S OFFICE <BR>+372 637 7654 <BR>+372 52 13 085 <BR> <SCRIPT type=text/javascript>document.write('<' + 'a href="' + 'ma' + 'i' + 'lt' + unescape('%6f') + ':pressitalitus' + unescape(unescape('%25%34%30')) + 'mfa.ee' + '">pressitalitus' + unescape(unescape('%25%34%30')) + 'mfa.ee</a>');</SCRIPT> <A href="mailto:pressitalitus@mfa.ee">pressitalitus@mfa.ee</A><NOSCRIPT>pressitalitus -[ätt]- mfa.ee</NOSCRIPT></DIV></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE> Fri, 24 Oct 2008 18:33:52 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-584 High-Level Meeting on AIDS to take place in New York on 10-11 June http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-570 <P>The High-Level Meeting on the comprehensive review of the progress achieved in realising the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS, adopted by the member states of the UN General Assembly, will take place in New York on 10-11 June 2008. <BR><BR>On&nbsp;6 November 2007, the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Sgrjan Kerim nominated Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN, and Ambassador Samuel Outlule, Permanent Representative of Botswana to the UN, the co-facilitators of the preparatory process of the meeting. <BR><BR>Estonia is represented at the 10-11 June meeting by Ms. Maret Maripuu, Minister of Social Affairs of Estonia.</P> <P>Additional information on the High-Level Meeting is available at the web site of the President of the General Assembly at <A href="http://www.un.org/ga/president/62/issues/HLMonHIV.shtml" target=_blank>http://www.un.org/ga/president/62/issues/HLMonHIV.shtml</A></P> <P>UNAIDS web page at <A href="http://www.unaids.org/en/" target=_blank>http://www.unaids.org/en/</A> </P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Wed, 04 Jun 2008 08:06:42 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-570 Invitation to round table discussion: Small States, International Law, and the Security Council http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1575 The<b> International Peace Institute</b> and the <b>Permanent Mission of Estonia </b>to the UN are pleased to invite you to a round table discussion on<b> Small States, International Law, and the Security Council</b>. This event will take at IPI on Monday, <b>December 10th from 1:00pm to 2:45pm</b>.<br><br>The international rule-based order is facing high-risk challenges on multiple fronts. What is at stake as a result of these challenges, and what are the paths forward? Among UN member states, small countries are most at risk if the international system further deteriorates into an older model of world order based on power politics and zero-sum games. However, if small states are most at risk, then they should also be predisposed to defend the order that protects them.<br><br>In a system dominated by large powerful states, can small states serve as effective champions of the rule-based order and international law? One place to begin to answer this question is the UN Security Council, a body that presents both critical opportunities and difficult challenges for small states. Given these opportunities and challenges, what role can small states play in defending international law on the Security Council?<br><div><br></div><div><b>RSVP here</b>: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/1210-small-states-international-law-and-the-security-council-registration-52817140489<br></div> Tue, 27 Nov 2018 16:54:29 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1575 President Kaljulaid met with UN Secretary General António Guterres http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1569 President Kersti Kaljulaid met today in New York with UN Secretary General António Guterres to discuss issues concerning the security of countries worldwide, including cyber security and climate change.<br><br>“The impact of climate change is a threat to the survival of whole countries and nations,” said President Kersti Kaljulaid to the UN Secretary General. According to the Head of State, it is very important to discuss, within the context of climate, the use of green energy and increasing energy efficiency, as these are the very tools that contribute to decreasing the volume of CO2 that reaches the atmosphere.<br><br>According to President Kaljulaid, Estonia is currently in the process of implementing several projects all around the world, both bilaterally and in co-operation with the UN, which help developing countries pinpoint the most suitable digital solutions: the construction of digital registers on the Caribbean and Oceania islands, the development of digital society in Africa and Asia, and many other endeavours. “As Estonia is helping many countries develop digital country and society, we also feel responsible for laying down acknowledged global rules to help secure cyber security. This is also one of the reasons why Estonia established its candidacy for the position of a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council,” added the President of the Republic.<br><br>UN reforms launched by António Guterres and possible ways to make the activities of the UN more transparent, effective and easier to measure were also discussed. President Kaljulaid confirmed that as a co-chair of the Every Woman, Every Child (EWEC) movement, one of her objectives involves finding better methods for benchmarking its activities to ensure the enhanced efficiency of projects aimed at improving the health of women and children and allowing them to rely on accurate and realistic data.<br><br>The Head of State also met in New York with the representatives of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) and Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) at the UN to discuss possible co-operation in the digital sphere and to introduce Estonia’s candidacy for the UN Security Council.<br><br>Office of the President<br>Communications Department<br>Tel: +372 631 6229<br>press@vpk.ee <div class="img"> <a href="http://un.estemb.org/static/files/028/kaljulaid_guterres_01.11.2018.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://un.estemb.org/static/files/028/t_kaljulaid_guterres_01.11.2018.jpg" /></a></div> Thu, 01 Nov 2018 20:45:32 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1569 President Kaljulaid: for 20 years, Estonia has supported activities that promote the rights of women and children http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1568 “I am proud that soon after regaining its independence, Estonia became a country that could help others. Since then and for the past 20 years, we have supported several organisations that assist women and children, such as UN WOMAN and UNICEF,” said President Kersti Kaljulaid in New York at her meeting with the Deputy Director of UN WOMEN, Åsa Regnér.<br><br>According to the Head of State, when promoting both the rights of women and working with the health of children and young people, it is important to measure the impact and scope of various activities. “In many countries, there is barely any proper statistical information on the real situation of women and children. As the co-chair of Every Woman, Every Child (EWEC), one of my aims is to find better methods for measuring current activities to demonstrate results, while also focusing on more effective efforts,” added the President of the Republic.<br><br>The Head of State also met with the CEO of UNICEF, Henrietta Fore, to discuss the opportunities for making use of digital solutions for the purpose of improving children’s health care, education and security at global level.<br><br>President Kaljulaid is currently on a work visit to the Unites States of America. She will meet with UN Secretary General António Guterres, the ambassadors of Francophonie countries and the African Union. President Kaljulaid will also give a presentation at Columbia University and visit the New York Estonian School. <div class="img"> <a href="http://un.estemb.org/static/files/075/kaljulaid-fore.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://un.estemb.org/static/files/075/t_kaljulaid-fore.jpg" /></a></div> Wed, 31 Oct 2018 20:44:51 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1568 President of Estonia Is Visiting New York http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1565 <div>President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid will be visiting New York from 31 October until 2 November. <br></div><div><br></div><div>She will have a busy few days here advocating Estonia’s bid to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council foe 2020-2021. <br></div><div><br></div><div>She will also meet the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore, Deputy Director of UNWomen Asa Regner and give a lecture at the Columbia University. </div> Tue, 30 Oct 2018 20:30:33 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1565 Mikser at the UN: we intend to continue sharing Estonian e-governance experience on the international level http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1558 On Thursday, 18 October, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser spoke at the plenary meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations about the effect that rapid technological advances have on fulfilment of the UN’s sustainable development goals.<br><br>“If we wish to achieve the sustainable development goals set by the UN, we cannot avoid global digitalisation. We must perceive new technologies as new opportunities,” said Foreign Minister Sven Mikser. “Implementation of e-solutions makes governance more effective and the corresponding processes more transparent. It creates greater trust in the state and the society becomes more involved. E-solutions also stimulate economic growth and reduce geographical restrictions,” he added.<br><br>“Estonia is convinced that e-solutions result in emphatic progress in various spheres of life, including education, employment, entrepreneurship and health care. These are vital components in achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals,” stressed the Foreign Minister. “The Estonian experience shows that the benefit that comes with digitalising processes far outweighs the possible risks,” he said. The Foreign Minister then provided some positive examples like digital signatures, electronic submission of tax returns, and e-voting. <br><br>“We have shared our e-governance experience with many countries and we intend to continue doing so,” said the Foreign Minister. “Recently Estonia launched a joint project with the United Nations Development Programme with the aim of sharing Estonia’s e-governance experience with almost 170 countries and territories,” mentioned Sven Mikser. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs allocated 102,000 euros for this project.<br><br>The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals were adopted on 25 September 2015 in the declaration titled “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” The primary goals are to eradicate poverty, combat climate change and inequality and ensure good quality of life for all people. The total of 17 goals are divided into 169 targets.<br><br>Photos: flic.kr/s/aHsmkqQbcS<br><br>Additional information:<br>Sandra Kamilova<br>Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia<br>Communication Department<br>+372 5667 5362<br>press@mfa.ee <div class="img"> <a href="http://un.estemb.org/static/files/017/sven_mikser_minister_for_foreign_affairs_of_the_republic_of_estonia_addresses_the_general_assembly_meeting_on_the_impact_of_rapid_technological_change_on_the_achievement_of_the_sustainable_development_goals.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://un.estemb.org/static/files/017/t_sven_mikser_minister_for_foreign_affairs_of_the_republic_of_estonia_addresses_the_general_assembly_meeting_on_the_impact_of_rapid_technological_change_on_the_achievement_of_the_sustainable_development_goals.jpg" /></a></div> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 18:21:51 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1558 Foreign Minister Sven Mikser: Every country should have a voice in the UN http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1554 Foreign Minister Sven Mikser greeted the participants at the opening ceremony of MUNOT at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today. MUNOT, or the Model United Nations of Tallinn, is an annual student conference which operates along the same lines as the UN. This year’s event is taking place from 10-13 October and is being organised by Tallinn German Gymnasium.<br><br>“The UN is a special and much-needed organisation within our system of international relations,” Minister Mikser said. “It keeps the peace and promotes dialogue between nations. The norms and principles agreed among its members create a framework for discussion between the governments of different countries. Of course, as the world changes, so must its organisations. In order to more effectively achieve its objectives, the UN needs to speed up its decision-making processes and make them more flexible, while at the same time setting greater transparency as a goal.”<br><br>The Foreign Minister stressed that the UN needs to move towards more effective preventive action. “What we want to see is an organisation which not only reacts to crisis situations but is capable of preventing them,” he explained. “That’s not always possible, but our ability to foresee conflicts needs to improve.”<br><br>Mikser also outlined to the students Estonia’s candidature for a place as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. “Our position is that every country, regardless of its location or size, should have its voice heard on important matters in the UN,” he said. “We want to make the world a safer place, and to that end attaining a seat on the Security Council as a non-permanent member is our next major goal. We’ve come a long way to get where we are in Estonia today and we have experience that’s worth sharing with others.” As an example of this, the Foreign Minister highlighted the country’s know-how in the digital field.<br><br>Those taking part in the conference were also welcomed by Estonia’s first UN Youth Delegate* Kätlin Kuldmaa. “Young people play an important role in today’s UN,” she said. “The growing contribution we’re making is being noticed and we’re becoming more visible. It’s young people who want to look to the future and move beyond wars and conflicts. This September the UN Secretary General also launched the ‘Youth 2030: United Nations Youth Strategy’, which shows how important young people are in the context of the organisation as a whole.”<br><br>*For 2018 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Union of Estonian Youth Associations elected a UN Youth Delegate for Estonia for the first time. The person holding this voluntary position is an official members of the country’s UN delegation, attending the General Assembly and taking part in the work of its committees and social and economic councils over the course of a year. The Youth Delegate provides input on topics related to young people and contributes to the actual work of the delegation. Every member state of the UN decides for itself who is given the opportunity to represent its youth.<br><br>Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/sets/72157696407379710/<br><br>Sandra Kamilova<br>Ministry of Foreign Affairs<br>Communication Department<br>+37256675362<br>press@mfa.ee Wed, 10 Oct 2018 17:21:49 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1554 Remarks by H.E. Mr Sven Mikser, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia at the High Level Event on Action for Peacekeeping, 25 September 2018 http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1548 Exellencies,<br>Ladies and Gentlemen,<br><br>The blue helmets of our peacekeepers are and have been the symbols of peace and hope for a better future in many countries and regions all over the world. However, the international security environment has significantly changed and the threats we are facing are more complex and, at times, difficult to attribute. The fundamental human rights and values we hold self-evident have come under increasing attack and more often UN peacekeepers are the targets of aggression. <br><br>We are convinced that the UN will maintain its leading role in bringing peace and stability to different regions and tackling today’s security challenges. We welcome and support the Secretary-General’s Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative and the general push to reform how the United Nations manages Peacekeeping missions and the whole Peace and Security Pillar. The “Declaration of Shared Commitments on UN Peacekeeping Operations” stresses the pertinent and critical issues concerning our peacekeeping operations, and Estonia is glad to be among the countries that have joined the declaration. <br><br>Additionally, I would like to make more specific remarks on the following aspects:<br><br>Firstly, we share the idea that the UN Security Council mandates for peacekeeping operations could be more realistic and robust. The Council should increase its focus on adopting more specific and tailored mandates. Closer coordination among the UN mission commanders would also help set up achievable tasks for the successful fulfilment of mandates. <br><br>My second point touches upon the improved decision making process. The UN can become quicker and more flexible in addressing the dynamics of the crisis areas and in giving greater delegation of power to the field. This would help guarantee that operations can rapidly and effectively respond to complex and changing circumstances on the ground. We believe this would also benefit from improved gender balance in peacekeeping. <br><br>Thirdly, adequate training and equipment of forces is the responsibility of all of us, the member states. I would also like to emphasize that there must be zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse.<br><br>Lastly, I would like to underline that creating security and stability requires cooperation and coordination with other international, regional and sub-regional stakeholders in the field. African Union led peace operations, MINUSMA, G5 Sahel-Barkhane cooperation in Mali and the UN-EU Partnership on Peacekeeping are but a few examples of how cooperation is necessary to secure peace.<br><br>Finally, Estonia has always contributed to peace and stabilization operations around the world and we will continue to contribute to making a difference for a world in peace and promote these ideas throughout our bid for the non-permanent seat of the UN Security Council for the period of 2020-2021.<br><br>Thank you!<br><br> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:17:59 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1548 President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid becomes a co-chair of EWEC movement http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1547 <div>President Kersti Kaljulaid accepts UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres´ invitation to co-chair the High-Level Steering Group for Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) for the next two years.</div><div><br></div>The role of the co-chair is to advocate for women's, children's and adolescent's health. During her tenure, president Kaljulaid intends to raise awareness of the heroic efforts people globally are making, often working without any institutional support.<br><br>"I wish to demonstrate how many good ideas globally there are, already found, already tried but only on the small scale. Ideas which help someone somewhere, waiting to be discovered and upscaled in order to help as many in the world as possible. I hope to provide recognition, but also dissemination of best practices – often it is the same thing. This is how I can personally get something done," president Kaljulaid said.<br><br>At the EWEC opening event today in New York president Kaljulaid also shared Estonia's experience on healthcare. „All children should have equal access to quality healthcare without discrimination. Estonia provides health insurance coverage for all children up to the age of 18 years. We find it very important that the provision of health services should first and foremost be based on the interests of the child," president Kaljulaid added. The Head of State gave another example about health insurance coverage for all pregnant women, which is one of the reasons why Estonia's maternal mortality rate is one of the smallest in the world.<br><br>Launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2010, EWEC is an unprecedented global movement that mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by governments, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women, children and adolescents around the world.<br><br>Photo: President Kaljulaid with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and alternate co-chair Tarja Halonen, former president of Finland.<br><br>Office of the President of Estonia<br>Communications Department <div class="img"> <a href="http://un.estemb.org/static/files/055/meeting_of_high-level_steering_group_for_every_woman_every_child.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://un.estemb.org/static/files/055/t_meeting_of_high-level_steering_group_for_every_woman_every_child.jpg" /></a></div> Sat, 29 Sep 2018 14:54:02 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1547 Estonia shares its e-governance experience with 170 countries http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1545 The President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, attended a high-level event on the side of the 73rd UN General Assembly, where Estonia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched their cooperation project to support the development of e-governance. The cooperation project is a major initiative to support the digital transformation of UNDP and developing countries. The aim of the project is to share Estonia’s e-governance expertise with nearly 170 countries and territories. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia will provide the seed funding of €102,000 to launch the project.<br><br>“Too often digitalisation within countries happens in isolation, effectively meaning that everybody is inventing the wheel.&nbsp; It makes a lot of sense to bring the best practises and the best experts together in one project that has the ability to impact many countries,” president Kersti Kaljulaid explained why Estonia decided to join forces with UNDP. &nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>UNDP is the UN’s global development network working in more than 170 countries. The organisation aims to reduce poverty in developing countries and support states in their development agendas and strategies and in using money more efficiently. UNDP focuses on the development of democracy, crisis prevention, poverty reduction, environmental sustainability and HIV/AIDS prevention.<br><br>The e-governance project will be implemented by UNDP and Estonia’s E-governance Academy and the seed funding of €102,000 will be allocated from the foreign ministry’s development and humanitarian aid fund.<br><br>Photographs: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmqMPudD<br><br>Additional info:<br><br>Armo Vask<br>Ministry of Foreign Affairs<br>Communication Department<br>armo.vask@mfa.ee<br>+372 637 7618<br>+372 5666 8581<br><br>Mailin Aasmäe <br>Press Officer<br>The Office of the President<br>+372 631 6229<br>+372 5813 7759<br>Mailin.Aasmae@vpk.ee<br>&nbsp; <div class="img"> <a href="http://un.estemb.org/static/files/038/estonia-undp_cooperation.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://un.estemb.org/static/files/038/t_estonia-undp_cooperation.jpg" /></a></div> Thu, 27 Sep 2018 12:41:47 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1545 Statement by H.E. Mr Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia At Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, 24 September 2018, New York http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1543 Honourable President of the General Assembly, Mrs. Espinosa Garcés,<br>Excellency’s,<br>Ladies and Gentlemen,<br><br>It is my honour to speak here today about the legacy of Nelson Mandela and his outstanding service to humanity. It is an example for all of us as well as for the future generations. <br><br>His endless fight for peace, human rights and democracy has permanently changed how we live today. His self-sacrificing aspirations for African freedom has inspired many. Nelson Mandela has said that, the sight of freedom looming on the horizon should encourage us to redouble our efforts. Likewise, in 1990 Estonia was on the path to regain the most precious thing – our freedom. We sincerely appreciate Nelson Mandela’s dedication and persistence for freedom and justice because Estonians know very well the price of peace and independence. <br><br>We welcome the adoption of the Nelson Mandela Political Declaration, which calls for the Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace. This will take forward the work started by African Union under Nelson Mandela Decade of Reconciliation in Africa. Peaceful solutions and preventive actions are the most efficient way to avoid an escalation of disputes. Estonia calls upon the involvement of all actors, including women and youth, in resolving the disputes in peaceful manner. We find that reaching a peaceful outcome through negotiations and compromises is always a better path to sustainable solutions.<br><br>Estonia believes that every person in the world should live in dignity. We continue to promote freedom, equality and prosperity. However, we should be reminded that we are standing at the crossroads, once again. The disputes today and the challenges of past decades are threatening the world we live in and the values we share. It is our decision which path we choose. The choice is between the world of alienation and hatred or the world of unity and prosperity. Looking back at the lifelong struggle of Nelson Mandela and at the example of our own aspirations for independence, we should keep in mind that positive changes can never be taken for granted. <br><br><div>To conclude,</div><div><br></div>At the United Nations, we are reminded every day of the importance of human rights by Four Freedoms Park across the water. This sight should guide us in our work for justice, freedom and dignity.<br>Thank you!<br><br> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 23:47:41 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1543 President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid in UNGA: small countries have no time for small objectives http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1542 “Small countries have no time for small objectives – our aim is, among other issues, to bring all things digital to the UN and to the Security Council. We want to offer our perspective to make sure that human beings remain safe in this new world where cyber related threats compound with conventional ones,“ said president of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid in a speech to the 193-nation UN General Assembly.<br><br>President Kaljulaid focused in her speech on empathy, equality and efficiency – the keywords of the candidacy of the Estonia`s campaign for becoming a non-permanent member of UN security council for 2020 to 2021.<br><br>Kaljulaid stressed that Estonia stands in solidarity with all those affected by conflict, terrorism and violent extremism. “We reach out with humanitarian aid, practical assistance and peacekeepers, from Africa to Middle East. We do what we can, yet it feels like it is never enough,” she added.<br><br>“We are all equal in this General Assembly hall and the role of the UN is to provide this equality, as a guarantor of the rules-based global system. We depend on each other,“ she said adding that progress is possible not through polarization, fragmentation or tribalism but through the force of debate and seeking common solutions.<br><br>President Kaljulaid concluded by pointing out that in terms of efficiency nothing is more important than truly effective multilateralism. “Due to its inclusiveness, this organization holds great legitimacy. And due to its high standards, a moral force. Therefore, international law should be the primary yardstick of national interest,” she said emphasizing as well the need to reform the Security Council.<br><br>Full speech in english can be found here: https://president.ee/en/official-duties/speeches/14577-address-by-the-president-of-the-republic-of-estonia-kersti-kaljulaid-at-the-73rd-united-nations-general-assembly-/index.html<br><br>Office of the President of Estonia<br>Communications Department <div class="img"> <a href="http://un.estemb.org/static/files/001/kersti_kaljulaid_president_of_the_republic_of_estonia_addresses_the_general_debate_of_the_general_assemblys_seventy-third_session..jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://un.estemb.org/static/files/001/t_kersti_kaljulaid_president_of_the_republic_of_estonia_addresses_the_general_debate_of_the_general_assemblys_seventy-third_session..jpg" /></a></div> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 23:56:35 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1542 Address by the President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1541 Madam President, Mr. Secretary General, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen<br><br>Ten days ago I was in Ukraine. Picking up syringes and empty bottles in a park next to a kindergarten in the industrial city of Dnipro. It was for the first World Clean-up Day. The biggest ever civil society action fostered by digital technologies and voluntary will of millions. 15 million in 140 countries, among them many presidents and prime ministers, decided to do something for our planet. Having responded to the outcry of Estonians who launched the voluntary clean up action 10 years ago. It is very easy just to talk about a cleaner environment or climate change. But if you really want to get things done, then very often you simply must get up and do it yourself.<br><br>In many ways this is also the reason why Estonia is running for the non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council for 2020-2021. Small countries have no time for small objectives – our aim is, among other issues, to bring all things digital to the United Nations and to the UN Security Council – cyber risks are something Estonians as citizens of a fully digitized state understand better than most. We want to offer our perspective to make sure that human beings remain safe in this new world were cyber related threats compound with conventional ones. The vision that we have for the candidacy and for the UN as a whole is based on three keywords – empathy, equality and efficiency.<br><br>First, about empathy. However sad, we must talk about our worries honestly. Aggression should be called aggression, war is war, and occupation remains occupation. Regardless if it’s Africa or Europe that we are talking about. I am deeply touched by the misery that war and conflict bring, whether it’s talking with internally displaced women and children in occupied Eastern Ukraine. Or with Georgian politicians being told that due to occupation their country will be forever denied full participation in the democratic world in the formats we, luckier others, so cherish.<br><br>Estonia stands in solidarity with all those affected by conflict, terrorism and violent extremism. We reach out with humanitarian aid, practical assistance and also peacekeepers, from Africa to Middle East. We do what we can, yet it feels like it is never enough.<br><br>Ongoing military aggression in Eastern Ukraine continues in the very heart of Europe. Crimean Peninsula remains occupied, as do parts of Georgia, and there is no resolution of the conflicts in Africa. It is hard to tolerate these sad issues. Yet it is no solution to mince words to make ourselves feel better. For those in distress, recognition of their true situation, together with the humble recognition that we cannot do much more than commiserate, is offering at least some hope. Some hope that one day things could be better. A hope that cannot feed on euphemisms avoiding straightforward admittance.<br><br>In July, we reached an agreement on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. And I’m looking forward to its adoption in Marrakech in December. But an agreement needs implementation. Without implementation, it is hollow, as hollow as the days ahead for those not knowing where they should lay their head for the night. Or how to calm their crying, hungry and frightened children. We need to get up and just help.<br><br>The same applies to the Paris Climate Agreement. In order to tackle the global challenge of climate change that is affecting billions we must implement the commitments we have collectively taken. Because the effects of climate change are increasingly felt all over the world. Not only in the developing countries, especially by smaller island states, where homes, food and even clean drinking water are greatly at risk and countries are forced to jump through varied and expensive loops in order to gain access to relief funding. But also in the developed world, where people have lost their loved ones or homes in European forest fires. Or through hurricanes in America and the Pacific.<br><br>Yet we are still not dealing with root causes. Making the world safe for our children by applying the proper and best available technology standards to all energy production and use – both in the developed as well as in developing world. We should also, and yes, that simply, never forget to switch the light off when leaving the room, get a conditioner which stops when we open the door – do what we can when we see that globally we cannot, yet.<br><br>Ladies and gentlemen<br><br>We are all equals in this hall. Not only because we have declared so in the UN Charter and the Declaration of Human Rights. But also because the challenges we now face are going to affect each and every one of us. Equality in the face of global challenges is the law of nature. Much stronger than our international law could ever be. Yet international legal space matters, as common solutions demand respect of each and every one.<br><br>We see solution in liberal thinking that progress is possible not through polarization, fragmentation or tribalism. Progress is the force born out of debate and seeking common solutions. Sovereign equality, the idea that all sovereign states are equal, is a fundamental tenet of international law and relations. The role of the UN is to provide this equality, as a guarantor of the rules-based global system. We depend on each other, whether we like it or not.<br><br>And very often it’s not the state or international organizations that get things done. But grass-root activism and NGO’s who have a vision and a sense of responsibility. Principled voluntary approach can shift mountains of inefficiency, bad governance, neglect and lack of ideas. It can guide and catalyze policymaking, but not replace it.<br><br>Recent gender equality movements like HeForShe have come a long way to counter gender-based and sexual violence. Gender equality is at the very heart of human rights. This in mind, Estonia works actively in the Commission on the Status of Women. I have gladly accepted Secretary General Guterres´ invitation to co-chair the High-Level Steering Group for Every Woman Every Child for the next two years.<br><br>During my tenure I intend to raise awareness of the heroic efforts people globally are making, often working without any institutional support. I wish to demonstrate how many good ideas globally there are, already found, already tried but only on the small scale. Ideas which help someone somewhere, waiting to be discovered and upscaled in order to help as many in the world as possible. I hope to provide recognition, but also dissemination of best practices – often it is the same thing. This is how I can personally get something done.<br><br>Dear colleagues<br><br>In terms of efficiency – and that is my third keyword – nothing is more important than truly effective multilateralism.<br><br>Due to its inclusiveness, this organization holds great legitimacy. And due to its high standards, a moral force. International law should be the primary yardstick of national interest. Those not so powerful understand it well.<br><br>On Security Council reform, we need to win more space for common ground. Peoples and states, both big and small, should feel that the Security Council acts in their best interests. For too often, the Council falls victim of its internal differences and clumsy procedures. However, it should not be rendered powerless, especially when mass atrocities are being committed. We, together with the Accountability, Coherence and Transparency Group, have called for the Security Council members to feel the responsibility and be held more accountable if blocking action against breaches of international humanitarian law. It is telling that already 117 states have signed ACT Group´s Code of Conduct. Furthermore, we support continuously the proposal of France and Mexico that in the face of great human suffering the Permanent Members should voluntarily restrain from the use of the veto.<br><br>Ladies and Gentlemen, furthermore on efficiency -<br><br>ICT can revolutionize entrepreneurship, education, employment in general, even healthcare. Digital online services provide economic growth; bring down unnecessary barriers between citizen and state, between businesses and sectors, and exceed geographical limits. Estonia has shared its knowledge with many nations of the world and will continue to do so, in cooperation with UNDP, African Union and all those interested and willing.<br><br>New technologies should always be seen as enablers. They create equal opportunities, if supported by proper policies. The risks related to them should not be ignored – also because they do not replace but rather enhance most of our conventional risks. But well set international legal space should be able to deliver for humankind and avoid Armageddon scenarios.<br><br>No new technology can thrive in a fragmented world. Now more than ever, we need global free trade as an essential element of fostering long-term development and growth. Estonia as a small export-dependent country is an advocate of free trade. Including creating better market access for developing countries and improving business conditions for investments. Trade and economy are closely linked with security, as history has so often demonstrated. We stand to protect what the developed world has achieved. What the WTO stands for. And what aspiring regions and bodies have set out to achieve. For example, freedom of trade and work in Africa through legal space setting by the African Union. We wish them quick success. And we stand by them to help where we can with our own leapfrogging experience in digital technologies.<br><br>Madam President,<br><br>Empathy starts at home. If we want to care about the others, we need to care about ourselves as well as the people and environment around us. Being connected and dependent of each other more than ever, we simply cannot afford to be self-centered and ignorant. We all need to see the bigger picture.<br><br>Empathy can easily be translated into efficiency if we really wish to get things done. Words are important, but they are not sufficient if not followed by concrete action. Wars and conflicts continue, global warming speeds up and piles of litter around us just keep growing. We have equal responsibility to be more pro-active in preventing and solving the challenges of our times. When feeling helpless, then it’s sometimes best to do the little thing you possibly can. Globally, if we all do our bit, things can only get better. Our globe cannot take any more free riding. Any more hand wringing that “we cannot”. Any more inaction. Any more hiding behind our current comforts – in order to forget what will be the state of the world we leave to our children. So let’s act individually and collectively. Today. Every day.<br><br>Thank you! Tue, 25 Sep 2018 23:55:13 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1541 Ratas at the UN: every person in the world should live in dignity http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1536 New York, USA, 24 September 2018 – Today, at the UN Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas assured that Estonia believes every person in the world should live in dignity.<br><br>Representatives from more than 140 states and international organisations attend the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, the aim of which was to affirm the commitment to preserve the legacy of Nelson Mandela. Together, the participants promise to stand up for global peace, prevention and resolution of conflicts, and rigorous protection of human rights.<br><br>“Nelson Mandela’s endless fight for peace, human rights and democracy has permanently changed how we live today,” Ratas noted, while adding that Mandela’s services to humanity should never be taken for granted or forgotten. “Estonians are celebrating the 100th anniversary of their country this year and know the value of peace and independence very well,” Ratas said.<br><br>According to Ratas, the world stands at a crossroads again. “The disputes today and the challenges of past decades are threatening the world we live in and the values we share. It is our decision which path we choose. The choice is between the world of alienation and hatred or the world of unity and prosperity,” he said.<br><br>Estonia stands for a world where countries keep their promises and respect common values as well as international law. “We cannot forget or accept the situation in Georgia and Ukraine,” the prime minister stressed.<br><br>The Estonian Defence Forces are participating in the UN peacekeeping in Lebanon and a mission in Mali but also in a NATO military operation in Afghanistan and operation Barkhane of the French forces in Mali to attain security and prevent conflicts. For a more thorough overview of the Estonian Defence Forces’ operations abroad, see the official website of the Defence Forces at http://www.mil.ee/en/defence-forces/operations-abroad<br><br>Estonia also continues to fight for gender equality and the empowering of women and girls. In Ghana, for example, Estonia supports the education of children and the entrepreneurship of women. See more about our development co-operation and humanitarian aid at the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://vm.ee/en/activities-objectives/development-cooperation-and-human...<br><br>A political joint declaration was approved at the Peace Summit to confirm a higher commitment in resolving conflicts and finding peaceful reconciliations, defending and advancing human rights, attaining gender equality, standing for the rights of vulnerable women, children and elderly, and supporting the poor and less advanced communities. The years 2019–2028 were declared the Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace.<br><br>Ratas will also meet with Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia, Taneti Maamau and President of Kiribati among others.<br><br>Photos (Government Communication Unit): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ym54hyug5093sfq/AADBL-l6LUXHRKTyFQromzQAa?dl=0 <div class="img"> <a href="http://un.estemb.org/static/files/094/jyri_ratas_prime_minister_of_the_republic_of_estonia_makes_remarks_during_the_nelson_mandela_peace_summit..jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://un.estemb.org/static/files/094/t_jyri_ratas_prime_minister_of_the_republic_of_estonia_makes_remarks_during_the_nelson_mandela_peace_summit..jpg" /></a></div> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:43:25 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1536 Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and Foreign Minister Sven Mikser will participate in the opening week of the UN General Assembly http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1533 Sat, 22 Sep 2018 18:07:50 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1533 High-Level Side Event "Estonia-UNDP Cooperation Project: Digital Transformation as Development Pathway" http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1531 <div align="center">High-Level Side Event on the sidelines of UNGA73<br><br><font class="alampealkiri1"><b>Launch of Estonia-UNDP Cooperation Project:<br>Digital Transformation as Development Pathway</b></font><br><br>27 September 2018 <br>10:00 - 11:30 am<br>Conference Room 8<br><br>United Nations Headquarters, New York<br></div><br><div align="center">For seating arrangements, please register High-Level guests who are attending at anneli.lepp@mfa.ee. Thank You!<br></div><br> <div class="img"> <a href="http://un.estemb.org/static/files/088/save-the-date_estonia-undp_side_event.png" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://un.estemb.org/static/files/088/t_save-the-date_estonia-undp_side_event.jpg" /></a></div> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:55:53 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1531 World Clean Up Day 15 September 2018 http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1530 The biggest civic action in the history of our planet, the World Cleanup Day, will take place on 15 September. On this day, millions of people from 150 countries will come together to take a step towards a cleaner world and draw attention to the global waste problem.<br><br>The biggest civic action in the world started in Estonia in 2008 and will be overseen from Estonia on 15 September. This means that we have the chance to make Estonia bigger than ever before in just one day. <br><br>Come along and join the cleanup action!<br><br><div>Find the nearest pile of rubbish, take some bin bags and gloves with you, and clean it up. Even the smallest contribution helps! You will find the contact details of the teams in your country at www.worldcleanupday.org/contact/</div><div><br></div><div>World Clean Up Day 15 September 2018</div><div><br></div><div>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The World Cleanup Day will be held on 15 September 2018. <br>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The biggest civic action in the world started in Estonia in 2008 and will be overseen from Estonia on 15 September. Approximately 150 countries will start cleaning up the Earth on the same day under the leadership of Estonia. <br>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Let’s Do It World Cleanup Day is part of the Estonia 100 programme and is the biggest gift from Estonians to the world. <br>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The World Cleanup Day will follow the Sun around the world – the cleanup will start at 10 am in New Zealand and end 36 hours later in Hawaii. The action will kick off on 14 September at 11 pm Estonian time.<br>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The headquarters of the World Cleanup Day will be based in Tallinn and the results of the action, information, TV broadcasts, etc. from all over the world will be gathered there. The global TV broadcast will be hosted from the headquarters in Tallinn and shared all over the planet.<br>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Millions of people will come out in support of cleaner nature, with an aim to take a step towards a cleaner world together and draw attention to the global problem of waste and seek possible solutions.<br>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In Estonia, the cleanup action will focus on forests, beaches, lake shores and river banks.<br><br>Facts about the waste problem<br><br>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; According to the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), ca 4 billion tons of waste is generated every year, of which ca 1.6 billion tons&nbsp; is household waste.<br>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3.5 billion people in the world have no access to waste management systems and the waste ends up in nature, incl. in oceans, or it is burnt.<br>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; According to the Global Waste Management Outlook, hundreds of millions of tons of illegal waste ends up in nature every year and from there makes its way to the oceans. 80% of the waste floating in oceans is of mainland origin.<br>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This is why the problem of waste is just as critical for developed countries as it is for developing ones. Although several associations monitor waste in different regions of the world, insufficient information about the quantities and locations of the waste prevents dealing with the problem efficiently.<br><br>The story of the World Cleanup Day<br><br>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A group of people, including Rainer Nõlvak, Toomas Trapido, Henri Laupmaa and Kadri Allikmäe, sat down together in August 2007 and came up with the idea to clean Estonia from waste in one day. Ahti Heinla, Tiina Urm, Tatjana Lavrova, Eva Truuverk and Anneli Ohvril joined them later. 620 volunteers and over 500 organisations in Estonia helped make Let’s Do It! a success.<br>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; More than 50 thousand people cleaned up over 10 thousand tons of waste on 3 May 2008. It would have taken the state years and cost 22.5 million euros. But it got done in one day and only cost half a million euros (mostly the cost of waste handling by waste management companies).<br>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The first country to join Estonia’s initiative was Lithuania, which carried out a supporting cleanup day with Estonia (with a couple of thousands of volunteers on 3 May 2008). Latvia carried out a cleanup action in autumn; Slovenia, Portugal, Serbia and many others followed suit.<br>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Almost 20 million people from more than a hundred countries of the world have cleaned up their territories at different times based on the Let’s Do It! model.<br>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Maximum numbers of cleanup day participants: Latvia (210,000), Lithuania (250,000), Portugal (100,000), Slovenia (270,000), Romania (250,000), Albania (281,000), Hungary (200,000), Bulgaria (375,000), Ukraine (500,000), India (54,000), the Philippines (28,000), etc.<br><br></div><br> Wed, 12 Sep 2018 15:27:08 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1530 Estonia will support e-governance development in Africa http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1529 Mon, 10 Sep 2018 16:57:28 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1529 President Kaljulaid: Estonia can raise issue of cyber security on UN Security Council http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1527 Sun, 12 Aug 2018 17:56:26 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1527 Statement by Mr. Väino Reinart, Undersecretary for Economic and Development Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a statement at the Security Council Open Debate on Youth, Peace and Security http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1525 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:11:41 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1525 Permanent Representative of Estonia made a statement at the Security Council Open Debate on Sexual Violence in Conflict http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1524 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:08:54 GMT http://un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1524