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Remarks by Minna-Liina Lind, Deputy Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN at the IGN on Security Council Reform, 6 June 2018

06.06.2018

Let me start by saying that Estonia greatly values your leadership in these negotiations.
We would also like to thank you for the updated document on revised elements of commonality. We are glad to see that you have included under regional representation the angle of small states and Small Island Developing States – the importance of which has been expressed by Estonia on many occasions. However, we feel that the positions of the African group as well as L.69 group have yet not been fully reflected.

We are glad to see under the question of veto the inclusion of French-Mexican initiative besides the mentioning of ACT Code of Conduct as Estonia is supportive of both of these initiatives and thinks that they are complementary.

Overall, we believe, that the elements document would greatly benefit from attributions so we would know who has made which proposals and it could facilitate us moving forward.

We would also like to emphasize the importance of preserving the elements of convergence, presented as the outcome of the deliberations in the UNGA70 under Ambassador Lucas of Luxembourg. We are glad that these elements, more precisely on the relationship between the Council and the General Assembly and the size of the enlarged Council as well as its working methods have been maintained in the most recent document.

As the main goal, reform should make the Council more accountable, transparent and inclusive for all member states. We believe that small gains in better functioning of the Council can be made in improving the working methods.

We have seen closely the importance of effective and substantiated communication between the Security Council and the wider UN membership in the recent appointment process of the Secretary-General. In this regard, Estonia sent on behalf of the ACT group letters to the Secretary-General as well as to the Presidents of the General Assembly and of the Security Council on lessons learned and our conclusions have been published as a joint General Assembly-Security Council document (A/72/514–S/2017/846). In this document we have also made a call to the Security Council to review its own working methods.

Overall, we are glad to witness that the members of the Security Council are more often speaking in the open chamber and contributing to increased transparency. We are fully aware that there are discussions and situations, which need to be dealt with behind closed doors, but whenever possible we encourage Council members to hold open meetings and to seek interaction with wider membership and other organs as well as civil society.

I would also like to echo what was said by the Permanent Representative of Singapore earlier today on formalization of the Note 507.  

Finally, I would like to express our profound thanks to the Mission of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and to the L.69 group for the handbook, which will benefit us here in the mission as well as our colleagues in the capital.


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