Permanent Representation of Estonia to the UN :: Press releases, News http://www.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://www.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://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-988 Estonia Joined Amendment on the Crime of Aggression in International Criminal Court http://www.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://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-892 Estonia Contributes to UN Peacekeeping Operations http://www.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://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-816 Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and President of UN General Assembly Discussed Stopping Violence in Syria http://www.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://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-815 Foreign Minister Urmas Paet Met With UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon http://www.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://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-814 Estonia Helps Haiti Manage Cholera Epidemic http://www.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://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-700 Estonia Chosen as Member of UN Women Executive Board http://www.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://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-696 Foreign Minister Paet: Estonia Feels Quick Reaction to Emergency Situations is Important http://www.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://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-693 Foreign Minister Paet Met with His Colleagues from Georgia, Yemen and Lesotho http://www.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://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-692 Foreign Minister Paet in New York: Fight Against Corruption is Prerequisite for Development of Society http://www.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://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-683 Estonian Foreign Minister Calls On UN to Support Women in Conflict Zones http://www.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://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-682 Foreign Minister Paet: People in Conflict Zones Need More Aid http://www.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://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-679 Estonia Supports Tough Monitoring of Nuclear Developments http://www.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://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-665 Estonia Supports Advancing Nuclear Safety Monitoring http://www.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://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-664 Mission of Estonian Experts in Haiti to Last Until End of April http://www.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://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-653 Estonian Foreign Minister Keynote Speaker at Meeting of UN Economic and Social Concil http://www.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://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-627 Estonia Becomes Vice President of UN Economic and Social Council http://www.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://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-613 Paet and UN Secretary-General Discuss Gaza, Georgia, Fight against Piracy http://www.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://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-596 Estonia Became Member of UN Economic and Social Council http://www.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://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-584 High-Level Meeting on AIDS to take place in New York on 10-11 June http://www.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://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/press_releases/aid-570 Foreign Minister Urmas Paet at the UN Security Council: States are responsible for the protection of civilians in armed conflicts http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-989 <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> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:00:17 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-989 Panel Discussion "Enhancing Accountability for Sexual Violence in Conflict", 26 September http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-927 <b><font face="Helvetica-Bold"><p align="LEFT">Permanent Mission of Estonia to the United Nations</p> </font></b><font face="Helvetica-Bold"></font><font size="3" face="Helvetica"><font size="3" face="Helvetica"><p align="LEFT">invites to a Panel Discussion on</p> </font></font><b><font size="6" face="Helvetica-Bold"><font size="6" face="Helvetica-Bold"><p align="LEFT">Enhancing Accountability for <br><br>Sexual Violence in Conflict</p> </font></font><font size="4" face="Helvetica-Bold"><font size="4" face="Helvetica-Bold"><p align="LEFT">Thursday, 26 September 2013, 3:00 – 4:30pm</p> </font></font><font size="3" face="Helvetica-Bold"><font size="3" face="Helvetica-Bold"><p align="LEFT">UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium</p> <p align="LEFT">Panelists:</p> </font></font></b><font size="3" face="Helvetica-Bold"><font size="3" face="Helvetica-Bold"></font></font><font size="3" face="Helvetica"><font size="3" face="Helvetica"><p align="LEFT">H.E. Mr. Urmas Paet, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia</p> <p align="LEFT">H.E. Mr. William Hague, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth</p> <p align="LEFT">Affairs of the United Kingdom</p> <p align="LEFT">H.E. Ms. Tiina Intelmann, President of the Assembly of States Parties to the</p> <p align="LEFT">Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court</p> <p align="LEFT">Ms. Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court</p> </font></font><b><font size="3" face="Helvetica-Bold"><font size="3" face="Helvetica-Bold"><p align="LEFT">Moderated by:</p> </font></font></b><font size="3" face="Helvetica-Bold"><font size="3" face="Helvetica-Bold"></font></font><font size="3" face="Helvetica"><font size="3" face="Helvetica"><p align="LEFT">Ms. Brigid Inder, Executive Director, Women’s Initiative for Gender Justice and Special</p> <p align="LEFT">Gender Advisor to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court</p> </font></font><i><font size="3" face="Helvetica-Oblique"><font size="3" face="Helvetica-Oblique"><p align="LEFT">The panel will focus on the importance of national capacity and expertise to</p> <p align="LEFT">investigate and prosecute acts of sexual violence committed in armed conflict and how</p> <p align="LEFT">international judicial mechanisms, such as the International Criminal Court, can</p> <p align="LEFT">complement national efforts.</p> </font></font></i><font size="3" face="Helvetica-Oblique"><font size="3" face="Helvetica-Oblique"></font></font><font size="3" face="Helvetica"><font size="3" face="Helvetica"><p align="LEFT">Following the panel, attendants will be provided an opportunity to share statements.</p> </font></font><font size="1" face="Helvetica"><font size="1" face="Helvetica"><p align="LEFT">For further information and RSVP by 23 September please contact Ms Victoria Chisholm, Mission of</p> <p align="LEFT">Estonia to the United Nations: +1 646 514 0086, <font color="#0000ff" size="1" face="Helvetica"><font color="#0000ff" size="1" face="Helvetica"><font color="#0000ff" size="1" face="Helvetica"></font></font></font></p><font color="#0000ff" size="1" face="Helvetica"><font color="#0000ff" size="1" face="Helvetica"><font color="#0000ff" size="1" face="Helvetica"><p>victoria.chisholm@mfa.ee</p></font><p></p></font><p></p></font><p><font size="1" face="Helvetica"><font size="1" face="Helvetica">.</font></font></p><font size="1" face="Helvetica"><font size="1" face="Helvetica"></font></font></font></font><p align="LEFT"><font color="#0000ff" size="1" face="Helvetica"><font color="#0000ff" size="1" face="Helvetica"><font color="#0000ff" size="1" face="Helvetica"></font></font></font>&nbsp;</p><p align="LEFT"><b><font size="3" face="TimesNewRomanPS-BoldMT"><font size="3" face="TimesNewRomanPS-BoldMT"></font></font></b>&nbsp;</p><b><font size="3" face="TimesNewRomanPS-BoldMT"><font size="3" face="TimesNewRomanPS-BoldMT"><p>&nbsp;</p></font></font></b><font size="3" face="TimesNewRomanPS-BoldMT"><font size="3" face="TimesNewRomanPS-BoldMT"></font></font> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:02:20 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-927 Panel Discussion „A Secure and Free Internet“ 23 September 2013 http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-926 <p align="LEFT"></p> <p> <b><font size="4">The Permanent Mission of Estonia to the UN </font></b></p><b><font size="4"> </font><font size="3"><p>Invites to a Panel Discussion </p> </font><font size="6"><p>„A Secure and Free Internet“ </p> </font><font size="3"><p>Monday, 23 September 2013, 1:00 – 3:00 pm </p> <p>at the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium </p> </font></b><font size="3"></font><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial"><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial"><p>Key note address by: </p> </font></font><b><font size="3"><p>H.E. Mr Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia </p> </font></b><font size="3"></font><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial"><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial"><p>Panelists: </p> <p></p></font><p></p></font><p><b><font size="3">Ms. Sanja Kelly, Project Director of “Freedom on the Net”, Freedom House </font></b></p><b><font size="3"> </font></b><font size="3"><p><b>Mr. Mike Gault, CEO, Guardtime </b></p><b> </b><p><b>Mr. Cyrus Farivar, Senior Business Editor, Ars Technica </b></p><b> </b><p><b>Mr. Frank J. Cilluffo, Associate Vice President, Homeland Security Policy Institute, The George Washington University </b></p><b> </b> </font><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial"><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial"><p>Moderated by: </p> </font></font><b><font size="3"><p>Mr. Chris Perry, Senior Policy Analyst, International Peace Institute </p> </font></b><font size="3"></font><i><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial"><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial"><p>Snacks and refreshments will be provided before the event. </p> </font></font></i><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial"><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial"></font></font><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial"><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial"><p>The discussion will focus on challenges in enhancing both security and freedom in the increasingly unpredictable, complex and interlinked cyber world. The Internet can be and must be both secure and free. </p> <p>For further information please contact Pille Kesler (Pille.Kesler@mfa.ee or (917) 379 3213) </p> </font></font><b><font size="3"><p>Please RSVP to Anne.McCullom@mfa.ee or (646) 514 0080 by 19&nbsp;September </p></font></b><font size="3"></font> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:50:36 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-926 Estonia Joined World’s First International Arms Trade Treaty http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-909 <p>At the signing of the international Arms Trade Treaty at UN Headquarters in New York yesterday, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that the agreement is a historical milepost in the areas of arms control and human rights.</p><p>“The first global arms trade treaty in history sets clear and high standards that will reduce illegal arms trading and the number of civilian victims in conflict areas,” Paet noted. “International security will increase, because the treaty contains vital clauses on human rights and international humanitarian law, which must be taken into consideration when making arms supply decisions,” he added.</p><p>Paet stated that it is exceptional for an agreement to be reached on a very sensitive subject like arms trading, which directly affects countries’ security but also human rights and business interests. “It is also significant that the agreement was achieved in the UN, where all countries participated in the negotiations,” he added.</p><p>Estonia would like for the treaty to become a widely recognised international agreement whose principles are followed in each and every supply decision. “We hope that the agreement will come into effect right away and that all countries will join it – including major arms exporters and importers,” Paet noted. “Over half a million people die every year in armed conflicts, most of whom are civilians, including nearly 66 000 women and children,” said Paet. He added that every six weeks more money is spent in the world on arms than has gone to UN peace-keeping operations over the past 60 years.</p><p>Paet said that Estonia will implement the principles and supply standards laid out in the treaty. “Estonia’s arms trade control system is a good example for other smaller and primarily import or transit countries, which are in the majority in the world,” said the foreign minister. “We have helped to build up control systems in Georgia, Armenia, and Indonesia in co-operation with the United States and the European Union, and such work will continue.”</p><p>Preparations for the Arms Trade Treaty began in the UN in 2006, but the idea came about in 1997 from former president of Costa Rica and Nobel Prize winner Óscar Arias. The treaty was developed during the UN Diplomatic Conference from 2-27 July 2012 and in the last stage of negotiations from 18-28 March 2013. The treaty got votes in favour from 154 countries at the UN General Assembly on 2 April; North Korea, Syria and Iran voted against it.</p><p>Estonia was one of the vice-presidents of the final stage of negotiations.</p><p>In 2012 the primary exporters of conventional weapons were the USA (30% of the export market), Russia (26%), Germany (7%), France (6%), and China (5%). The primary importer of conventional weapons are India, China, South Korea, Pakistan, and Singapore. Currently there is not a single global agreement regulating the arms trade. There was one previous attempt to conclude an Arms Trade Convention in the League of Nations in 1925, but an agreement was never reached.</p><p>The last global agreement in the area of arms control was the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1996, which has still not come into effect.</p><p>Additional information: <a title="http://www.un.org/disarmament/ATT/" href="http://www.un.org/disarmament/ATT/">http://www.un.org/disarmament/ATT/</a></p> Sun, 02 Jun 2013 23:16:54 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-909 Estonia Prepared to Facilitate UN Activities Promoting the Rights of Women http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-896 <p>At a meeting in New York with Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) Michelle Bachelet, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet confirmed Estonia’s contribution to the protection of women’s right and the fight against violence against women. “We are very pleased that the UN organisation UN Women, which was created in 2010 with the help of the Estonian ambassador to the UN, is off to a successful start,” said Paet.</p><p>Paet said that Estonia has actively participated in the work of the executive board of UN Women. “Last year we were a vice president of the board. We are prepared to continue working to help achieve the goals of UN Women,” he said.</p><p>While meeting in New York with UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Hawa Bangura, Foreign Minister Paet emphasised that using sexual violence as a tactic in war is completely unacceptable. “A broad-based approach is essential in the fight against violence against women in conflict situations – we must take into account the security, development, and human rights aspects,” stated the foreign minister. “It is very alarming that extreme violators of human rights frequently remain unpunished. But the government has the primary responsibility of ensuring its citizens’ safety,” Paet noted. He added that reducing impunity is one of the most essential elements in the fight against violence against women. </p><p>According to Foreign Minister Paet, the president of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court, Tiina Intelmann, has repeatedly brought up the issue of sexual violence against women and girls in the context of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. “The Criminal Court plays a very important role in combating these kinds of crimes. The court’s investigations and the knowledge that no crime will go unpunished could prevent such crimes or hinder their continuation,” stated Paet.</p><p>During their meeting, UN Special Representative Bangura spoke about UN activities in fighting violence against women in Afghanistan, Bosnia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia and Darfur, and Sudan. Bangura confirmed that there is no justification – cultural, religious or otherwise – for violence against women or gender-based violence.</p><p>For additional information on the UN’s activities to fight against sexual violence in conflict situations and opportunities to help achieve its goals, visit <a title="http://www.stoprapenow.org/" href="http://www.stoprapenow.org/">http://www.stoprapenow.org/</a>.</p><p>Photos: <a title="http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/sets/72157632941326424/" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/sets/72157632941326424/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/sets/721576329413...</a></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 17:45:32 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-896 Estonia Supports UN Mine-Clearing Activities http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-895 <p>At a meeting in New York with UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia has joined all the most important arms control agreements and is prepared to increase its contribution to the UN’s disarmament-related activities. Estonia would also like to become a full member of the UN Conference on Disarmament.</p><p>De-mining activity is essential for stabilising post-conflict countries and ensuring the safety of returning refugees. “Over the past ten years Estonia has supported the UN’s mine-clearing activities in Afghanistan, for example, and last year we supported mine-clearing in Libya,” Paet stated. “This year we are supporting mine-clearing activities in Mali,” he added.</p><p>Paet said that within the framework of the Mali project, we are supporting not only the clearing of mined areas but also safety education, providing aid to victims, and co-ordinating the activities of partners. “The goal is to reduce the risks stemming from unexploded mines, which could prevent humanitarian aid from being delivered or refugees from returning to their homes,“ he noted.<br> During their meeting, Paet and Kane also talked about the negotiations over the Arms Trade Treaty that will take place in the UN in the second half of March. The Estonian foreign minister expressed hope that the negotiations would lead to the conclusion of a strong and effective agreement. Estonia is one of the vice presidents of the negotiations.</p><p>“We hope that the year-long effort will finally pay off and that most of the main arms exporters and importers will join,” Paet noted. He stated that the Arms Trade Treaty would be the first legally binding international agreement among states that sets criteria that exporting countries must follow when making supply decisions. “It covers arms embargos, illegal arms trade, genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes,” he listed.</p><p>At the meeting they also spoke about matters related to North Korea and the new sanctions implemented by the UN Security Council on Thursday.</p><p>In New York Paet also met with a group of Italian schoolchildren who were participating in a model UN session in New York and were representing the views of Estonia. Paet told the Italian students about Estonia’s activities in the UN, as well as the situation of the Estonian economy and matters related to the euro.</p> Sat, 09 Mar 2013 17:48:07 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-895 Estonia Joined Amendment on the Crime of Aggression in International Criminal Court http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-893 <p>On 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"><font color="#255d92">http://tinyurl.com/cugrnbw </font></a></p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 17:41:16 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-893 Estonia Helping UN Fight Violence Against Children http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-867 <p>The Foreign Ministry has decided to support the activities of the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children.</p><p>Foreign Minister Paet stated that unfortunately violence against children can be found all over the world and in different forms, from parental neglect to the recruitment of child soldiers and internet violence. “As one of the priorities of Estonia’s foreign policy is the protection of children’s rights, the Foreign Ministry decided to support the activities of the UN Special Representative on Violence Against Children,” Paet noted. The foreign minister added that the UN Special Representative is an impartial spokesperson speaking out against all kinds of violence against children in the world and it is important to support her work.</p><p>The task of the Special Representative on Violence Against Children is to give countries comprehensive advice and monitor the fight against violence against children all over the world. The special representative also works to bring legal acts that protect the rights of children into force, compile relevant strategies, collect statistical data, and raise the awareness of governments, NGOs and other organisations.</p><p>Marta Santos Pais has been the Special Representative on Violence Against Children since 2007, when the mandate was created.</p><p>The Special Representative gives reports on her activities once a year to the UN Human Rights Council and the UN General Assembly and also compiles reports on specific topics. The work of the Special Representative is currently being funded by voluntary donations, with administrative support from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).</p><p>The Foreign Ministry is allocating 30 000 euros to support the activities of the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children in 2013</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 18:23:07 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-867 Estonia Supporting Palestinian Refugees http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-865 <font size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p><span style="mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">The Foreign Ministry decided to support the activities of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in 2013.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></font></font></span></p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p><span style="mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">According to Foreign Minister <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:personname w:st="on">Urmas Paet</st1:personname>, <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Estonia</st1:place></st1:country-region> highly values the work of the UNRWA. “The organisation is the protector of and spokesperson for over five million refugees in the <st1:place w:st="on">Middle East</st1:place>,” he said. The foreign minister added that thus far a solution has not been found for the problems of the Palestinian refugees and these people need the support of the international community. “Therefore <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Estonia</st1:place></st1:country-region> has decided to make a contribution through the UN Relief and Works Agency to help Palestinian refugees,” he stated.&nbsp;<br> <br> Paet emphasised that <st1:country-region w:st="on">Estonia</st1:country-region> supports a two-state solution – the creation of a Palestinian state alongside <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Israel</st1:place></st1:country-region>. “In order for this solution to become a reality, direct negotiations between <st1:country-region w:st="on">Israel</st1:country-region> and <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Palestine</st1:place></st1:city> must be restored,” he noted.<br> <br> The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has been a spokesperson for Palestinian refugees since 1950. The aid given by the organisation includes food aid, health care, and education, as well as supporting and repairing infrastructure. Refugees are also supported with humanitarian aid in the form of jobs and small loans.&nbsp; The activities of the UNRWA depend almost entirely on voluntary donations.<br> <br> The Foreign Ministry is supporting the activities of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in 2013 with 50 000 euros.<o:p></o:p></font></font></span></p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 18:24:20 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-865 Estonia Chosen to Be Member of UN Human Rights Council http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-850 On 12 November, elections for the UN Human Rights Council took place in New York and Estonia was elected to be a member of the council from 2013-2015. <span class="usercontent">Estonia</span><span class="usercontent">’s candidacy received support from 184 countries, with five abstentions. </span>Foreign Minister Paet stated that this tremendous support indicates that Estonia is appreciated and taken seriously as a player in the international human rights sector.<p>Foreign Minister Paet asserted that membership in the UN Human Rights Council is an important achievement for Estonia, it is undoubtedly also a great responsibility to be involved in a council that discusses human rights developments, challenges and violations all over the globe and that helps to prevent and react to conflicts and massive human rights violations. “The Human Rights Council has shown that it is capable of reacting quite quickly when serious violations of human rights arise,” added the foreign minister.</p><p>Paet stated that promoting and protecting human rights is a priority of Estonia’s domestic and foreign policy. “Estonia presented its candidacy in 2005. The Foreign Ministry has focused its activities in order to achieve this important long-term goal,” added Foreign Minister Paet.</p><p>According to Paet, Estonia has increased its contribution and involvement in the UN year by year. “Estonia has joined most of the UN’s major human rights-related conventions and regularly presents reports on the implementation of these conventions. In recent years Estonia has systematically strengthened its reputation as a country that protects and promotes human rights internationally. Estonia’s priorities in the human rights sector have been introduced in many forums, relations have been intensified with similarly-minded countries, and support has been gathered for Estonia’s candidacy to the Human Rights Council,” added Foreign Minister Paet.</p><p>Membership in the Human Rights Council is a logical continuation of Estonia’s international human rights activities to date in the UN as well as in other international organisations that Estonia is a member of.</p><p>As a member of the UN Human Rights Council, Estonia will prioritise the following topics: democracy, supporting fundamental rights and rule of law; protecting and promoting freedom of expression, including the increasingly important topic of internet freedom; the rights of women and children; matters related to the rights of indigenous peoples, and many others.</p><p>The UN Human Rights Council is one of three councils in the UN with limited membership, which is made up of 47 elected and rotating member states from among all the regional groups. The council’s job is to protect and promote human rights all over the world.</p><p>The Human Rights Council was established with a decision by the UN General Assembly on 15 March 2006 as the successor of the UN Commission on Human Rights. The creation of the Human Rights Council was an important step forward in protecting and promoting human rights all around the globe.</p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 03:45:01 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-850 Estonia Becomes Vice President of Executive Board of UN Women http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-758 <p>Nr 19-E<br><br>Estonia was chosen to be the vice president of the UN Entity for Gender Equality (UN Women) for the year 2012.</p><p>Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that promoting and protecting human rights is an important part of Estonia’s foreign policy. “Internationally we have concentrated our attention specifically on protecting the rights of women and children as well as the rights of indigenous peoples,” said Paet. </p><p>UN Women addresses women’s rights and equality issues all over the world and implements concrete programmes for improving the situation of women in developing countries. “Estonia feels it is important to continue working so that the agency can fulfil all the expectations that have been placed on it. It is essential to support the activities of UN Women, therefore we have allocated 25 000 euros to support the agency in 2012,” he added.</p><p>Paet also noted that improving the situation of women in many countries cannot fall solely on the shoulders of the agency. “Therefore we hope that UN Women can create a greater focus on gender equality and women’s rights in the UN’s activities in general,” he stated.</p><p>UN Women was created in 2011 and there are 41 countries in the agency’s executive board. In 2012 the president of the UN Women executive board is South Korea and the vice presidents are Spain, Estonia, Nigeria, and Peru. Executive board meetings take place three times a year. <br></p> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 20:51:53 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-758 Estonia Becomes Vice President of UNICEF Executive Board http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-754 <p>No. 14-E</p><br> <p>Last week Estonia was chosen to be the vice president of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the year 2012.</p> <p>Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that Estonia feels it is important to actively participate in shaping international humanitarian and development co-operation policy. “As the vice president of UNICEF we can increase our visibility in the international arena and address issues that are important to Estonia, such as improving the situation of children and protecting their rights,” he said.</p> <p>The foreign minister noted that in 2011 Estonia supported UNICEF’s work helping children in various parts of the world with a total of 272 000 euros. “We have supported the UN Girls’ Education Initiative and allocated money to alleviate the suffering of children in Afghanistan, Côte d'Ivoire, Yemen, and Somalia. For example, in Afghanistan we helped to ensure that Afghan children’s school year could continue uninterrupted during the winter months,” he stated. The foreign minister added that Estonia will continue to support UNICEF this year.</p><p>The goal of the UNICEF Executive Board is to monitor situations and make decisions so that the organisation could function as efficiently as possible and the needs and interests of the countries receiving aid would be protected.</p><p>In 2012 the president of the UNICEF Executive Board will be Antigua and Barbuda, and the vice presidents in addition to Estonia are Finland, Kenya, and Kazakhstan. There are 36 countries on the UNICEF Executive Board. The board holds sessions three times a year, with this year’s first session taking place from 7-10 February. The other sessions will be held in June and September.</p><br> <p>SPOKESPERSON’S OFFICE<br>+372 637 7654 <br><a href="mailto:pressitalitus@mfa.ee">pressitalitus@mfa.ee</a></p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:39:52 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-754 Young Estonians Eligible to Apply for Work in UN http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-728 <P>No. 245-E</P> <P>This year Estonia is participating in the United Nations (UN) Young Professionals Programme, through which new workers are recruited into one of the world’s largest international organisations. This time the UN is asking for applicants from various countries around the world, including Estonia, who are until the age of 32 and have a university degree.</P> <P>All Estonian citizens who are born after 1 January 1979 can apply for positions in the international organisation. Requirements for applicants are at least a first-level university degree and fluency in English or French. Prior work experience is not required. This year applicants can apply for positions in the administration, humanitarian affairs, public information, and statistics sectors.</P> <P>Applications will be accepted until 10 September 2011. After the applications have been reviewed, suitable candidates will be invited to take an examination and attend an interview. The written examination will take place on 7 December 2011. Those who are most successful in the exam will be invited to the interview round, and success in the interview stage will lead to a job offer in the UN Secretariat, subordinate organisations, funds or missions.</P> <P>The Estonian Foreign Ministry and Estonian Permanent Representation to the UN recommend all young people who are interested in working in the UN to fill out an application to participate. The last time this opportunity was made available was 15 years ago.</P> <P>Additional information on applying to the UN:<BR><A href="https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=NCE">https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=NCE</A><BR><A href="http://www.facebook.com/UN.Careers">http://www.facebook.com/UN.Careers</A><BR><A href="http://twitter.com/un_careers">http://twitter.com/un_careers</A><BR><A href="http://linkd.in/un_careers">http://linkd.in/un_careers</A><BR><A href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-MEIkzPMmE">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-MEIkzPMmE</A><BR><A href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0pmqenzppc">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0pmqenzppc</A></P> <P>SPOKESPERSON’S OFFICE<BR>+372 637 7654<BR><A href="mailto:pressitalitus@mfa.ee">pressitalitus@mfa.ee</A></P> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 12:51:30 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-728 Estonia Established Diplomatic Relations with Tuvalu and Solomon Islands http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-717 <P>Nr 193–E<BR>&nbsp;</P> <P>On Wednesday, 25 May, Estonian Ambassador to the UN Margus Kolga signed joint communiqués with Ambassador of Solomon Islands to the UN Collin D. Beck and Ambassador of Tuvalu to the UN Afelee F. Pita, with which diplomatic relations were established between Estonia and Solomon Islands as well as Estonia and Tuvalu.</P> <P>After establishing diplomatic relations, the ambassadors spoke about co-operation opportunities between the European Union and Pacific nations as well as development co-operation. The ambassadors introduced their respective countries’ interests within the UN. They also addressed climate change, including the concerns of Pacific island nations regarding the rising ocean level and the consequent flood risk in island countries.</P> <P>Solomon Islands is an island nation of the Oceania region located in Melanesia, which consists of about a thousand islands. Its surface area is 27 556 km2 and the population is around 539 000. The country’s capital is Honiara and the official language is English. Solomon Islands gained its independence in 1978.</P> <P>Tuvalu is an island nation in Polynesia, located to the east of Solomon Islands. Its surface area is 26 km2 and the country has over 11 000 inhabitants. The country’s capital is Funafuti and the official languages are Tuvaluan and English. Tuvalu was known as the Ellice Islands until 1975 and was a British colony until 1978.</P> <P>Photos from the establishing of diplomatic relations with Tuvalu and Solomon Islands:<BR><A title=http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/ href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/</A><BR><BR>&nbsp;</P> <P>SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE<BR>+372 637 7654<BR><A href="mailto:pressitalitus@mfa.ee">pressitalitus@mfa.ee</A></P> Fri, 27 May 2011 15:30:36 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-717 UN Development Aid System to Become More Effective and Agency for Gender Equality and Women’s Rights to Be Created As Result of Estonia-Led Negotiations http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-670 <P>Yesterday, 2 July, the UN General Assembly approved a decision that contains steps for making the UN’s development aid system more effective and will give a significant boost to achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals. Intense negotiations to reach an agreement among UN member states, which were led by the Estonian and Tunisian ambassadors, went on for six months.</P><SUP> <P>“I believe that we achieved the best possible outcome,” said Estonian Ambassador to the UN Tiina Intelmann. “Negotiations among 192 parties are always complicated, but fortunately all the member states agree that major efforts must be made in the next five years in order to achieve the Development Goals.”</P> <P>The importance of the agreement was also noted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, who emphasised that this decision by the UN General Assembly is a brave achievement that begins a new era. “I am very pleased that the negotiations led by the Estonian and Tunisian ambassadors were carried out in an inclusive, transparent and effective manner,” the UN secretary general said.</P> <P>The decision of 2 July created a UN agency that will begin to address women’s rights and gender equality issues more extensively, while also implementing active and clearly targeted programmes for improving the situation of women in developing countries. “Several international studies have shown that insufficient attention to women’s health, education, and place in society is a significant hindrance to the development of many of the least economically successful nations,” explained the Estonian ambassador to the UN.</P> <P>The decision also took a critical look at the functioning of the entire UN development aid system, creating better opportunities for developing nations to receive development aid through UN funds and programmes in accordance with the nation’s own development actions plans and guaranteeing them more comprehensive opportunities to join in the discussions of UN decision-making bodies. Another goal is to save some money on the management of programmes.</P> <P>The UN Millennium Development Goals were established in the year 2000 and contain concrete goals to be reached by the year 2015. The goals include various aspects of reducing poverty, including guaranteeing basic education, resolving health care and environmental problems, and promoting gender equality. The UN Millennium Development Goals have become the backbone for international development co-operation in the activities of developing countries, donor countries, and international organisations.<BR><BR>A mid-term review of the fulfilment of the Millennium Development Goals will be made at the UN summit taking place in New York in September 2011.</P></SUP> Sat, 03 Jul 2010 18:57:52 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-670 Estonia Helps to Rebuild Haiti http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-661 <P>Foreign Minister Urmas Paet underlined the dedication of international community at the International Donors’ Conference Towards a New Future for Haiti in New York, and pledged 100&nbsp;000 US dollars for the long-term recovery of Haiti. The new funds will be channelled through Worldbank’s Multi-Donor Trust Fund and UNICEF’s child protection programmes.</P><P>The Haiti Donors’ Conference was hosted by the United States and the United Nations, in cooperation with the Government of Haiti, and with the support of Brazil, Canada, the European Union, France, and Spain. According to the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment&nbsp; put together by the government of Haiti, the total cost of earthquake damage is 120% of Haiti’s GDP. It is the largest damages ever measured to a country caused by a natural disaster. </P> <P>After the devastating earthquake of January 12, Estonia immediately responded to Haiti’s request for help and contributed through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), as well as sent an IT-expert, a team of logistics and medical staff. Estonian experts were dispatched to Haiti in the framework of the International Humanitarian Partnership (IHP).&nbsp; One member of Estonian Disaster Relief Team (EDRT) was sent to Haiti as a member of &nbsp;the EU evaluation team to coordinate incoming aid flows. Estonia was cooperating with Haiti already before the catastrophe. Last year Estonian experts, with the support of the Soros Foundation, were advising the government of Haiti on the development of an electronic-governance system, or “e-governance”. Estonian experts will continue to help drafting Haiti’s first strategy paper and action plan on “e-governance”. All in all, Estonia has contributed nearly half a million US dollars for alleviating the aftermath of the earthquake.</P> Wed, 31 Mar 2010 15:56:10 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-661 Ms. Tiina Intelmann, Permanent Representative of Estonia, is a co-facilitator of the UN System-Wide Coherence process http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-646 <P>On 25 November 2009, the President of the General Assembly appointed Her Excellency Mrs. Tiina Intelmann, Permanent Representative of Estonia, and His. Excellency Mr. Ghazi Jomaa, Permanent Representative of Tunisia, as Co-Facilitators to continue the consultative process on the System-wide Coherence in the course of the 64th session.<BR></P><P>On 2 October 2009, the General Assembly adopted a resolution on Sytem-wide coherence (A/RES/63/311) which took up five key areas of concern:&nbsp; strengthening the institutional arrangements for support of gender equality and women’s empowerment; strengthening governance of operational activities for development of the United Nations system; improving the funding system of operational activities for development of the United Nations system; “delivering as one”; and harmonization of business practices.</P><A href="http://www.un.org/ga/president/64/issues/swc.shtml">http://www.un.org/ga/president/64/issues/swc.shtml</A> Tue, 01 Dec 2009 15:30:43 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-646 Estonian officers serving in Iraq awarded NATO medals http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-624 <P>TALLINN, Jan 23, BNS - Estonian officers serving at the NATO training mission in Iraq were handed over NATO crisis regulation medals at a festive ceremony at the mission headquarters on Thursday.</P> <P>Handing over the medals to Col. German Kesa and Cmdr. Ingrid Muhling, Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick, commander of the NATO training mission and of the development headquarters of the international Iraqi security forces, said that the importance of NATO in building up the Iraqi security forces was increasing and that Iraqi officials highly valued the NATO training mission. </P> <P>Kolonel Kesa serves as deputy chief of staff of the NATO training mission with logistic, communications, personnel and financial operations under his supervision.</P> <P>Besides, Gen. Babaker Zebari, commander of the joint staff of Iraqi armed forces, recognized Cmdr. Muhling with a letter of thanks.</P> <P>Col. Kesa said that the past six months had been of critical importance both for the mission and for the Iraqi security forces. "We have been parties in handing over responsibility to Iraqi authorities. The role of both the NATO training mission in Iraq and the role of countries is changing; and we must establish in cooperation with Iraqi security forces in what spheres Iraqi power structures need our assistance most," he said. </P> <P>Estonian officers have been taking part in the NATO training mission in Iraq since 2005. Maj. Jaak Tammisto is now serving as head of the administration of the mission, and Maj. Ulo Isberg is starting his service as public relations chief. </P> <P>The NATO training mission is the only NATO operation in Iraq. The aim of the 200-strong mission is to develop and support an independent and sustainbale Iraqi army, above all military educational institutions and command centres as well as those subordinated to the Interior Ministry. </P> <P>In addition to training and consultancy the mission also coordinates support in terms of resources and accoutrement necessary for the training of the Iraqi security forces. </P> <P>Tallinn newsroom, +372 610 8810, sise@bns.ee</P> Fri, 23 Jan 2009 14:20:27 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-624 Estonia could become the world country with lowest corruption level -- EU commissioner http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-623 <P>TALLINN, Jan 23, BNS - Vice-President of the European Commission Siim Kallas said Estonia could set itself the aim of climbing to the top of the corruption perception index in the world and in the European Union.</P> <P>Kallas said at a conference on the media and corruption organized by the Estonian Newspaper Association in Tallinn on Friday that it was not such a mad idea as it might look.</P> <P>Kallas said that Estonia needed something positive in order to stand out, the preconditions for working in the name of that aim existed and besides the budgetary revenues were not of a size worth mentioning.</P> <P>"Quite a few times the issue has been discussed in various groups what Estonia's positive initiative in the European Union could be. We do not only have abuse of Russia by which we can stand out internationally," he said.</P> <P>Kallas stated that there was no corruptive culture in Estonia. He said that the summary of the European Union's corruption study, which refers to "a possible corruption free culture, Estonia's advantage in its fight against corruption ahead of several Central and East European countries," allowed making such a statement. </P> <P>Kallas pointed out that Estonia was ranked 27th in the corruption perception index of Transparency International. Of Estonia's neighbors, Finland is No 5 and Sweden No 1. Russia, one of the most corrupt countries, ranks 147th and also Latvia with its 52nd ranking is not in a very good position. </P> <P>"We stand in the point of collision, intersection and influence of different business cultures. There are 12 countries of the European Union, including Slovenia, ahead of us and 14 countries coming behind us," Kallas said.</P> <P>He said that comparing the situation in EU member countries within the limits of his competence, he dared to see Estonia not in the worst light. </P> <P>Tallinn newsroom, +372 610 8862, sise@bns.ee </P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Fri, 23 Jan 2009 14:21:37 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-623 Barroso to visit Estonia on Feb. 23 http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-622 <P>TALLINN, Jan 22, BNS - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso will make a one-day visit to Estonia at the invitation of Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on Feb. 23.</P> <P>Toomas Sildam, spokesman for the Estonian head of state, told BNS on Thursday that the details of the meeting and the topics to be discussed are being agreed.</P> <P>"It's clear that there will be no shortage of topics at the meeting of Barroso and Ilves," Sildam said.</P> <P>According to unconfirmed reports Ilves will confer on Barroso a high Estonian decoration.</P> <P>"The president has not decided about who will be decorated yet. Under law the president must endorse the list two weeks before Independence Day at the latest," Sildam said.</P> <P>Last year the president published the list of people decorated with Estonian orders on the occasion of the Feb. 24 Independence Day on Feb. 6.</P> <P>Tallinn newsroom, +372 610 8862, sise@bns.ee</P> Fri, 23 Jan 2009 07:46:53 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-622