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Estonian Prime Minister Ratas to attend High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace in New York and meet with the UN Secretary-General

23.04.2018

Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will take part in the PGA High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace on 24 April. Prime Minister Ratas will also meet the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.

In recent years the UN has assessed its organisational activities so far in the areas of peacebuilding and achieving sustainable peace. The high-level meeting convened by the President of the General Assembly Miroslav Lajčák involves discussions on how to better prevent conflicts, raise the funding level of peacebuilding activities and make the UN’s work in the area more efficient.

Estonia is increasingly engaged in UN peacebuilding activities and was a member of the Peacebuilding Commission last year. Since 2013, Estonia has supported the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund with 75,000 euros each year.

More information about the meeting and broadcast is available at https://www.un.org/pga/72/event-latest/sustaining-peace/.

Ratas will also have a separate meeting with the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who has stated conflict prevention as the primary goal of the UN. Meetings are also taking place with Adama Barrow, the president of Gambia, and Faustin-Archange Touadéra, the President of the Central African Republic.

With its 193 member states, the UN is engaged with ensuring peace, security, development and human rights all over the world. Estonia is an active member of the UN and is running for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2020–2021.

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