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 Statement by H.E. President Kersti Kajulaid at the Security Council Open Debate on the Reform of UN Peacekeeping http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1403 Mr President,<br><br>Thank you for convening today's open debate. Estonia also aligns itself with the statement by the European Union.<br><br>We remain committed to Sec Gen Guterres's reform agenda. Reforms should take us to more effective UN, with clear emphasis on conflict prevention and mediation.<br><br>Our peacekeeping operations must have tangible targets and exit strategies. To be effective, the operations must have built-in flexibility, as the surrounding situation is inevitably volatile.<br><br>The best information about the changing needs come from our mission commanders and other field entities. Applying their suggestions guarantees automatic adaptation to the changes on the ground. In addition, listening to those on the field and taking into account what they have to say is good to the motivation of our people. We need those with courage to reach out to decision makers. These people are only with us if we respond in a receptive manner. Thus, we create a positive circuit of adaptation necessary to achieve our objectives.<br><br>To achieve sustainable peace, partnership with regional organizations, host governments and local communities is essential. It is best done by demonstrating day after day how important it is for us to protect civilians, assure the sustainability of the rule of law, respect of human rights and international law and involving the local actors in supporting these core values.<br><br>Peacekeeping operations need to be complemented with activities aimed at effectively improving the living conditions of the affected populations, including the quick implementation of effective and visible projects that create jobs and deliver basic social services in the post-conflict phase.<br><br>It is our utmost responsibility to implement all measures to protect children in Mission Areas. All mechanisms to support women's full participation in peace and security are vital and must be implemented.<br><br>We can achieve sustainable peace only if we have a thorough and broad understanding of the conflicts and their root causes. In this regard, it is unfortunate that the MINUSMA mission in Mali will be left without its intelligence unit ASIFU. The latter provided the decision makers on all levels with unique understanding of issues at hand.<br><br>UN peacekeeping operations have an essential role in securing peace and stability globally. Unfortunately, peacekeeping operations are sometimes seen as a waste of resources with a lack of positive outcomes. Truth is quite the opposite and we must find ways to make this common knowledge. Communication is an important guarantee of continued support of general public.<br><br>Wide attention via modern channels is difficult to achieve, but is rapidly becoming one of the most efficient tools of sharing our objectives, actions and achieved results. As research shows, peacekeeping reduces the number of civilians killed. Moreover, it is also cost-effective – UN peacekeeping budget is less than half of one percent of global military spending, and it is shared between all 193 UN member states.<br><br>This is the truth we have every right to be proud of while we aspire for constant improvement of our peacekeeping activities, as we should in this unpredictable world. Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:22:15 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1403 President Kaljulaid spoke at the UN about the world's conflict areas and Estonia's capacity to contribute to world security http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1401 President of the Republic, Kersti Kaljulaid, gave an address in New York on 19 September at the annual opening session of the United Nations General Assembly. The President's speech focused on conflict areas, the migration crisis, cyber security and the need to reform the United Nations.<br><br>The President drew attention to the fact that the world is becoming more and more unpredictable, and there are too many states in the world suffering from unresolved conflicts. "There are many countries that have been torn apart by tensions that we were aware of, but could not extinguish in time to avoid the worst," said President Kaljulaid in her address, using as examples the situations in Ukraine, Georgia and Syria. According to the Head of State, the real effects of international conflicts, terrorism and climate change have led to the highest number of displaced people ever seen globally.<br><br>For these very reasons, Estonia wishes to bring to the United Nations the skills to give a voice to and recognise all of those with restricted rights. "Societies where men and women are treated equally show faster development, and gender equality also helps to reduce poverty." The President also emphasised that it is crucial to eliminate any form of gender-based violence.<br><br>In the United Nations, Estonia will also help promote the use of technological solutions to facilitate development. "For this very reason, Estonia and Singapore recently launched the Group of Friends of e-Governance and cyber security," said the President. When speaking about cyber security, the Head of State said that geography has become obsolete in the digital world. "Attacks via cyberspace know no range or borders. This does not mean we can or should try to stop digital progress. We need to continue efforts to analyse how international law applies to cyber space."<br><br>According to the President, it is important for Estonia to make the work of the United Nations and, in particular, the Security Council, more transparent and efficient. "Criticism of the United Nations often results from the inability of the Security Council to respond timely to crises. Some permanent members exercise their veto right, which prevents the UN from adequately fulfilling its functions." Therefore, one of the visions of Estonia in applying for membership of the Security Council is to improve the working methods of the Security Council to facilitate more effective prevention and settlement of global conflicts.<br><br>The full text of the address by the President is available from here: https://www.president.ee/en/official-duties/speeches/13568-address-by-the-president-of-the-republic-of-estonia-kersti-kaljulaid-at-the-general-debate-of-the-72st-united-nations-general-assembly-september-19-2017/index.html Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:21:14 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1401 President Kaljulaid to participate in the UN General Assembly meetings in New York this week http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1400 President of the Republic, Kersti Kaljulaid, will this week go on a working visit to New York where she will take part in the annual UN General assembly. Apart from numerous bilateral meetings with other heads of state and participation in various discussions, the Head of State will also give a state address at the General Assembly on Wednesday night, Estonian time.<br><br>During the week, President Kaljulaid will take part in discussions that focus on sustainable development, environment protection, e-governance and cyber security, and reducing violence against women. In addition, there will be numerous bilateral meetings with other heads of state to discuss mutual co-operation and Estonia's application for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council. Over the five days, the Estonian President will meet with the leaders of Romania, Moldova, Kosovo, Bangladesh, Côte d'Ivoire, Guatemala, Nepal and other countries. On Sunday afternoon, the Head of State also hosted a reception for the Estonian community in Estonian House, New York.<br><br>From Tuesday night to Wednesday morning, Estonian time, the Head of State will also give a state address at the General Assembly.<br><br>All the UN member states will be represented at the General Assembly. The General Assembly convenes for a regular session each year from the middle of September until the middle of December.<br><br>Office of the President<br>Public Relations Department Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:20:28 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1400 Mikser at the UN: states must contribute more to defending indigenous people http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1399 On 21 September Foreign Minister Sven Mikser said at the discussion on indigenous rights at the UN, organised by Estonia and the European Commission, that countries must contribute more to defending indigenous people.<br><br>“The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted ten years ago by the UN General Assembly has not demonstrated the desired progress. There continue to be gaps in the protection of indigenous rights. In many countries, the economic, social and cultural rights of indigenous people are not respected. In many parts of the world, the situation of indigenous rights defenders has also deteriorated,” the minister said. Mikser called countries to fully implement the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.<br><br>“I am convinced that indigenous people increase diversity in the world and enrich our culture. Estonians, who belong to the Finno-Ugric community, also have a unique language and distinctive traditions that must be preserved and protected. They demonstrate our roots and origin,” Mikser added.<br><br>Introducing the cultural programme that followed, Estonian Ambassador to the UN Sven Jürgenson said that although the world has broadened in many ways, it should not become narrower or smaller in the cultural sense. “We must remember that the true wealth of the world is its cultural diversity and it is our common responsibility to preserve it,” the Ambassador said.<br><br>There are more than 370 million people from 90 countries among indigenous people. They make up less than 5% of the global population, but 15% of them live in extreme conditions and face exclusion and human rights violations every day.<br><br>Photographs: https://flic.kr/p/YJEFFZ; https://flic.kr/p/YG5aPW; https://flic.kr/p/XDWv2m<br><br>Additional information:<br><br>Armo Vask<br>Ministry of Foreign Affairs<br>Communication Department<br>armo.vask@mfa.ee<br>+372 637 7618<br>+372 5666 8581 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:13:48 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1399 Mikser at the UN: important to build a strong child protection system http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1398 On September 19 Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser took part in a discussion at the UN on combating violence against children. Organised in cooperation with the Maldives and Nigeria, the aim of the event was to share challenges that different countries of the world have faced in this area and the solutions they have implemented.<br><br>Mikser said it was important to build a strong, well-functioning system for the protection of children, not only to fight violence but prevent it. "The new Child Protection Act that was adopted in Estonia last year is a good example of a strong foundation where different links work together," said Mikser in his speech. "All parties from the public and private sector must work together in the name of child welfare so that quality education, healthcare and children’s protection are guaranteed.”<br><br>Besides Mikser, Maldives Gender and Family Minister Zenysha Shaheed and Nigerian Minister of Defence Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali spoke at the event.<br><br>According to the UN, close to eight of 10 children in the world were exposed to some form of psychological or physical punishment in the period from 2005 to 2016.<br><br>Photographs: https://flic.kr/p/YEGYCK<br><br>Additional information:<br>Armo Vask<br>Ministry of Foreign Affairs<br>Communication Department Media Advisor<br>armo.vask@mfa.ee<br>Tel +372 637 7618<br>Mob +372 5666 8581 Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:09:54 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1398 A High-Level Event on Ending Violence against Children http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1389 A High-Level Event on Ending Violence against Children<br><br>Co-hosts: The Maldives, Estonia and Nigeria in partnership with the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children<br><br>Date and Time: 19 September 2017, 13:15- 15:00, Conference Room 6, UNHQ<br><br><br><div class="img"> <a href="http://www.un.estemb.org/static/files/053/ending_violence_against_children.png" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://www.un.estemb.org/static/files/053/t_ending_violence_against_children.jpg" /></a></div> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:04:25 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1389 Side Event: Protecting the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: taking up the challenge in the context of the 2030 Agenda http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1388 Invitation to a UNGA72 side event <br><br>organised by Estonia, the EU, the ILO, the Indigenous Peoples Major Group for SDGs and partners on<br><br><font class="punasuur"><b>"Protecting the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: taking up the challenge in the context of the 2030 Agenda"</b></font>.<br><br>It will take place on Thursday 21 September from 11am to 12:30pm in UNHQ Conference Room C.<br><br><br><br> <div class="img"> <a href="http://www.un.estemb.org/static/files/096/navigator_side_event_21_sept_2017.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://www.un.estemb.org/static/files/096/t_navigator_side_event_21_sept_2017.jpg" /></a></div> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 19:49:27 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1388 A High-Level Side Event: E-Governance – Partnerships for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1387 <div><div><b>A High-Level Side Event co-organized by Estonia, Namibia, Colombia, the People´s Republic of Bangladesh and the United Nations Development Programme</b></div><br><font class="punasuur">E-Governance – Partnerships for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals</font><br><br><u><b>Wednesday, 20 September 2017, 1315-1430, Conference Room 9, UNHQ</b></u><br><br>The aim of the event is to encourage the integration of innovative approaches and digital technologies in the implementation of the SDGs. It will highlight the role of strategic policies and efforts leveraging information and communications technologies (ICTs) to transform governance (e-Governance) to ensure even progress on the SDGs. It aims to foster cooperation, partnerships and capacity building in the field of e-Governance.<br><br>A new booklet "Introduction to e-Government", published in cooperation with the Estonian e-Governance Academy and the UNDP, will be presented to the participants.<br><br><u>For more information and confirmation of attendance, please contact: terje.raadik@mfa.ee</u><br><br></div> <div class="img"> <a href="http://www.un.estemb.org/static/files/009/egov_side_event_20_sept_2017.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://www.un.estemb.org/static/files/009/t_egov_side_event_20_sept_2017.jpg" /></a></div> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 19:49:27 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1387 DPR Minna-Liina Lind made a statement at the Security Council Open Debate on the UN peacekeeping operations and their potential contribution to the overarching goal of sustaining peace http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1384 Tue, 29 Aug 2017 18:32:00 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1384 Foreign Minister Mikser on World Humanitarian Day: no one should live in constant fear http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1381 On 19 August, World Humanitarian Day, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser reaffirmed the importance of humanitarian aid and Estonia’s support for the protection of civilian lives amidst armed conflicts.<br><br>“No person should live in constant fear for their lives and those of their loved ones. We must protect innocent people who happen to be living in conflict zones and who have been unable to leave,” said Mikser. “In particular, this applies to women and children who are suffer from violence. We also have to support those who were forced to leave their homes and seek refuge in other regions or countries.” He added that Estonia paid special attention to the issue of internal displacement and opportunities for children to continue their education.<br><br>Mikser said he regretted that humanitarian crises are still seeing a growth trend, the types of crises and access to those in need have become more complicated. “Attacks against civilians, civilian infrastructure and humanitarian aid workers are unacceptable and should be deplored and spotlighted by the international community,” he said. Mikser said that attacks on civilians and humanitarian aid workers are in clear contravention of humanitarian law aimed at limiting the impact of armed conflicts.<br><br>Mikser mentioned Syria and Ukraine as two important destination countries for Estonian humanitarian assistance. Since early 2014, Estonia has allocated around 2.8 million euros to Ukraine; while Syria has received 6.8 million euros since 2012. “In both regions, it is extremely important to improve protections for humanitarian aid workers as well as to ensure safe and effective access to humanitarian aid,” Mikser said.<br><br>Each year on World Humanitarian Day, 19 August, Estonia remembers the bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, which killed 22 humanitarian aid workers. World Humanitarian Day 2017, themed #NotATarget, is dedicated to the protection of humanitarian aid workers and civilians. It is estimated that 130 million people in 40 countries will need humanitarian aid this year.<br><br>Additional information:<br>Sandra Kamilova<br>Ministry of Foreign Affairs<br>Communication Department<br>56675362<br>press@mfa.ee<br><br> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:49:29 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1381 Invitation: exhibition “From Baltic Appeals to Baltic Membership in the United Nations 1965-1991” opening http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1379 <!--[if !mso]> <style> v:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} </style> <![endif]--><div> </div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:center;line-height:150%" align="center"><b>INVITATION</b><br><br></div><div> </div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:150%" align="center">Permanent Representatives of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania<br><br></div><div> </div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:150%" align="center">H.E. Mr. Sven Jürgenson</div><div> </div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:150%" align="center">H.E. Mr. Jānis Mažeiks</div><div> </div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:150%" align="center">H.E. 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data="1"/> </o:shapelayout></xml><![endif]--> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:39:04 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1379 ACT lessons learned on the selection and appointment of the ninth UN Secretary-General in 2015/2016 http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1378 In 2014, ACT<a href="/addedit.html?category_object_id=327#_ftnref1" name="_ftn1" style="color: rgb(37, 93, 146); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: justify; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">[1]</a> started its work to increase the transparency, the inclusiveness, and the accountability of the process for selecting the next UN Secretary-General. The selection process, which had been the norm for the previous 70 years, was viewed by many as outdated and not fit for purpose. Member States, parliamentarians and civil society organizations from across the globe argued that a process conducted in secret by the Security Council was no longer appropriate and would not guarantee selection of the best possible candidate. <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify">ACT believes that the General Assembly has the right, in accordance with the UN Charter, resolutions 69/321 and 70/305 and other relevant decisions to play a more active role in the selection process. In 2015-2016, ACT worked to help empower the General Assembly and its President to engage directly with candidates; we also set expectations on the selection criteria and encouraged the Council towards a more inclusive and transparent approach.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify">The ACT group played a leading role in the General Assembly revitalization negotiations and the main objectives outlined in ACT position papers from March 2015 and February 2016<a style="mso-footnote-id:ftn2" href="/addedit.html?category_object_id=327#_ftn2" name="_ftnref2">[2]</a> – from declared candidatures to open hearings – became integral parts of resolutions 69/321 and 70/305. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify">ACT members are convinced that the standards achieved and the principles set out in the General Assembly revitalization resolutions should be applied and strengthened in all future selection processes.&nbsp; To this end, the ACT group makes the proposals set out below: <br></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify"><br></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify"><b>General Assembly and its President <br></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify"><b><br></b></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo1">o&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The General Assembly through its Member States and its President must continue to play <b>a key role</b> in all future selection processes. ACT recalls that it is the General Assembly, which is – upon the recommendation of the Security Council – responsible for appointing the UN Secretary-General. It is essential that the Secretary-General enjoys the <b>widest possible support</b> among the membership.</p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left:36.0pt;mso-add-space:auto; text-align:justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo1">o&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For the ACT group, it will be crucial to consolidate the role of the General Assembly in the selection process. The role of the President of the General Assembly in the process is also critical; ACT encourages a <b>proactive engagement</b> by the PGA across the entire selection cycle.</p><p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left:36.0pt;mso-add-space:auto; text-align:justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo1">o&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In ACT´s view, negotiations on <b>outstanding issues with regard to the role of the General Assembly</b> have to be carried through <b>without delay</b> in the <b>Revitalization working group</b>, notwithstanding the actual selection cycle. <br></p><p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left:36.0pt;mso-add-space:auto; text-align:justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo1"><br></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify"><b>Selection Timeline and Nomination of Candidates</b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify"><b><br></b></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo1">o&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Providing a structured timeframe for the selection process greatly enhanced the 2015/16 process. ACT believes that a deadline for presentation of candidatures, as well as a<b> timeline</b> for the overall process such as that set out below, should be followed for future processes, while bearing in mind that <b>ultimately the best possible candidate </b>should be appointed.</p><p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo1"><br></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo1">o&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ACT proposes an indicative <b>timeline for appointment</b> of future Secretary-Generals as follows:</p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:72.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l3 level2 lfo2">●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>October of year preceding</b> appointment: joint letter from the President of the General Assembly and the President of Security Council to all UN Member States encouraging <b>nomination of qualified candidates</b>;</p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:72.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l3 level2 lfo2">●&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>1 April</b> of the appointment year – deadline for <b>submission</b> of candidatures;</p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:72.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l3 level2 lfo2">●&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>End of June</b> of the appointment year&nbsp; – deadline for completing General Assembly<b> hearings</b> with all candidates;</p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:72.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l3 level2 lfo2">●&nbsp; <b>1 October – deadline</b> for Security Council <b>recommendation</b> and GA <b>appointment </b>resolution.</p><p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:72.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l3 level2 lfo2"><br></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l5 level1 lfo4">o&nbsp;&nbsp; ACT encourages <b>early presentation</b> of qualified candidates as late nominations may not allow sufficient time for full evaluation. <br></p><p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l5 level1 lfo4"><br></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l5 level1 lfo4">o&nbsp;&nbsp; ACT welcomes the value added by various stakeholders, including <b>civil society</b>, in <b>searching for</b> suitable candidates at their own initiative as an input for Member States consideration. <br></p><p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l5 level1 lfo4"><br></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l5 level1 lfo4">o&nbsp;&nbsp; ACT calls on all candidates to <b>participate fully in the overall selection process</b>.</p><p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l5 level1 lfo4"><br> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify"><b>Selection Process, Informal Meetings with the Candidates</b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify"><br></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo5">o&nbsp;&nbsp; The <b>General Assembly</b> should play an <b>active role</b> in the selection process, in accordance with the UN Charter, resolutions 69/321 and 70/305, as well as other relevant decisions.</p><p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo5"><br></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo5">o&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For ACT, the <b>informal dialogues and meetings</b> with the candidates are a <b>key part</b> of the selection process. We expect all candidates to take part in these meetings and to circulate a document outlining their <b>policy priorities in advance</b>. The fact that the President of the General Assembly insisted in the latest selection on following the same procedure for all of the candidates prevented any attempts at selecting a <b>candidate from outside the list</b>.</p><p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo5"><br></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo5">o&nbsp;&nbsp; ACT sees possibilities to further <b>improve the format</b> of the informal dialogues in making them <b>more interactive</b>, for example by increasing the time available to candidates to provide responses, and by having the President of the General Assembly play an active role as moderator, including by seeking to avoid duplication of questions. <br></p><p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo5"><br></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo5">o&nbsp;&nbsp; ACT calls on for ensuring that <b>civil society</b> can continue to actively participate in the informal dialogues and meetings with the candidates, and also encourages <b>candidates</b> themselves <b>to interact</b> with civil society organizations. Furthermore, ACT encourages civil society to continue working towards improving the selection process of the Secretary-General and its efforts towards ensuring that the best possible candidate will be appointed, e.g. by looking into the <b>practice of existing panels of highly regarded individuals</b> reviewing candidates and their qualifications for similar senior positions, in order to assist Member States in their assessments. </p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left:36.0pt;mso-add-space:auto; text-align:justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo5">o&nbsp;&nbsp; ACT encourages consideration on possible ways to <b>assess the level of General Assembly’s support</b> for the candidates throughout the process. </p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left:36.0pt;mso-add-space:auto; text-align:justify">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify"><b>Interaction between the Security Council and the General Assembly</b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify"><br></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo5">o&nbsp; ACT notes the collaboration between the General Assembly and the Security Council in launching the process and circulating information on the nominated candidates. ACT also welcomes the holding of <b>monthly meetings</b> between the Presidents of the General Assembly and of the Security Council and values the <b>summaries</b> shared with all member states. <br></p><p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo5"><br></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo5">o&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Nevertheless, ACT believes that the <b>interaction between the Security Council and the General Assembly</b> needs to be <b>improved</b> to live up to the expectations of the membership and the new standard of openness and transparency. <br></p><p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo5"><br></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo5">o&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In this regard, ACT encourages the <b>Security Council, to review its working methods</b> building on the discussions held among Council members during the latest selection process. For example, ACT believes that collective discussions within the Council on the merit, skills or experience of individual candidates would enhance Security Council decision making.</p><p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo5"><br> </p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo5">o&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ACT recalls the <b>collective responsibility</b> of the Council to <b>reach consensu</b>s on a recommendation to the General Assembly for appointment as Secretary-General.&nbsp; In this regard, ACT believes the use of <b>colour-coded ballots</b> during straw polling should be <b>discouraged</b> and the <b>equal rights</b> and role of all Council Members in the process should be <b>upheld</b>. <br></p><p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo5"><br></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo5">o&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ACT calls for regular <b>public briefings by the Security Council</b> on developments in the nomination process and<b> open</b> communication of <b>straw poll results</b>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:0cm; margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify">Identification, Appointment and Re-Appointment</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify"><br></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l4 level1 lfo6">o&nbsp;&nbsp; In identifying the <b>best candidate</b> for appointment, <b>personal qualification</b> is the <b>most important</b> criterion for appointment, while due regard should be given to <b>fair geographical distribution</b> through rotation, and to<b> gender balance</b>.</p><p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l4 level1 lfo6"><br></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l4 level1 lfo6">o&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ACT recalls the prerogative of the General Assembly to <b>draft the resolution for the appointment</b> of the Secretary-General and proposes to finalize the draft resolution at the earliest convenience to ensure that the process is not linked to any individual candidate.</p><p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l4 level1 lfo6"><br> </p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l4 level1 lfo6">o&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ACT welcomes the <b>informal meeting</b> of the General Assembly with the <b>Secretary-General-designate convened by the President of the General Assembly</b> in November 2016 with the aim to assist in his preparation for office, and encourages similar meetings in the framework of future processes of appointment of Secretaries-General.&nbsp; <br></p><p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l4 level1 lfo6"><br></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l4 level1 lfo6">o&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ACT believes that all of the provisions in this document regarding selection and appointment of the Secretary General should apply in the event that <b>an incumbent Secretary-General seeks or is proposed for re-appointment.</b></p><p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l4 level1 lfo6"><b><br></b></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l4 level1 lfo6">o&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In line with the Charter provisions and the oath taken by the Secretary-General, ACT believes that the Secretary-General should exercise complete <b>independence</b> in the selection of <b>senior officials with due regard to geographical and gender balance</b>.&nbsp; Recalling resolution 70/305, the appointment process to the <b>executive heads</b> and the Senior Management Group of the organization should be inclusive and transparent and there should not be<b> a monopoly on senior posts</b> by nationals of any State or group of States.&nbsp; <br></p><p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l4 level1 lfo6">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l4 level1 lfo6">o&nbsp; In this regard, ACT proposes that the <b>principles</b> which should govern the <b>appointment of executive heads</b> and the Senior Management Group of the organization be <b>formally established</b>.</p><p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l4 level1 lfo6"><br></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l4 level1 lfo6">o&nbsp;&nbsp; ACT believes that the <b>oath of office of the Secretary-General</b> should be updated.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify"><b>Term in Office</b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify"><br></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 0cm;margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-add-space:auto;text-align: justify;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo3">o&nbsp;&nbsp; ACT would like to continue the discussion and see an <b>informed decision taken</b> in the revitalization working group by all states on <b>the term of office</b> of the Secretary-General, including the proposal to establish a single, non-renewable term for future Secretaries-General.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:0cm; margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:0cm; margin-left:36.0pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify">&nbsp;</p> <div style="mso-element:footnote-list"><br clear="all"> <hr size="1" width="33%" align="left"> <div style="mso-element:footnote" id="ftn1"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:5.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:0cm; margin-left:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><a style="mso-footnote-id: ftn1" href="/addedit.html?category_object_id=327#_ftnref1" name="_ftn1">[1]</a>Accountability, Coherence and Transparency – a cross-regional group of 25 States: Austria, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Gabon, Ghana, Hungary, Ireland, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Portugal, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay</p> </div> <div style="mso-element:footnote" id="ftn2"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><a style="mso-footnote-id:ftn2" href="/addedit.html?category_object_id=327#_ftnref2" name="_ftn2">[2]</a> ACT position paper of March 2015 <a href="/news/aid-1348">http://www.un.estemb.org/news/aid-1348</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal">&nbsp; ACT position paper of February 2016 <a href="/news/aid-1349">http://www.un.estemb.org/news/aid-1349</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal">&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" DefUnhideWhenUsed="false" DefSemiHidden="false" DefQFormat="false" DefPriority="99" LatentStyleCount="371"> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="0" QFormat="true" Name="Normal"/> <w:LsdException 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font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; color:black;} </style> <![endif]--> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:27:32 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1378 PR Sven Jürgenson made a statement at the at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Peace and Security in Africa: Enhancing African Capacities http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1376 Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:34:14 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1376 Invitation to side event “Innovation and collaboration – a way forward in implementing Sustainable Development Goals in the global textile value chains” http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1373 Sat, 15 Jul 2017 17:23:23 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1373 Address by the President of the Republic at the launch of Estonia´s candidacy for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1372 <div class="img"> <a href="http://www.un.estemb.org/static/files/071/35780587931_d46f332166_h.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://www.un.estemb.org/static/files/071/t_35780587931_d46f332166_h.jpg" /></a></div> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:51:37 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1372 Estonia’s UN Security Council membership campaign kicks off http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1371 Yesterday, on 13 July, President of the Republic Kersti Kaljulaid officially launched Estonia’s campaign for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021 in New York.<br><br>According to Margus Kolga, the special diplomatic envoy and manager of the Estonian campaign, the Security Council membership would add value to Estonia's security and give Estonia a chance to play a greater part on the international stage.<br><br>Kolga noted that Estonia’s campaign is based on three principles: equality, efficiency and empathy. “Estonia promotes these values in its current activities at the UN, and if elected, we would also follow these principles in the Security Council,” he said. &nbsp;<br><br>As a member of the UN, Estonia advocates for those who fight against injustice and aggression and try to stand up for their rights. Estonia contributes to the UN peacekeeping operations and supports resolution of conflicts and rebuilding efforts. Estonia is also a development and humanitarian aid donor. The country is committed to supporting reduction of poverty, promoting sustainable development and fighting climate change.<br><br>A video introducing the Estonian campaign was premiered at the launch event, and can be watched here: https://vimeo.com/224605504/03fe3176e0 <br><br>Estonia put forward its candidacy for the Security Council in 2015. Now begins the most active phase of the campaign that culminates with the election in summer 2019 when all 193 UN member states cast their votes.<br><br>The non-permanent seats on the Security Council are distributed on a regional basis. There are five regional groups: Western European and other countries, Eastern European, Asia-Pacific, Latin American and Caribbean, and African countries. Estonia belongs to the Eastern European group, which has one non-permanent seat on the Security Council. Romania also stands for the one non-permanent seat of the Eastern European group for 2020-2021at the same time with Estonia. Estonia has not been a member of the Security Council before, while Romania has been a member on four occasions<br><br>Additional information on Estonian candidacy: http://vm.ee/en/estonia-un-security-council-2020-2021 <br>&nbsp;<br>Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/136427390@N03/sets/72157683031159192/<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp; <div class="img"> <a href="http://www.un.estemb.org/static/files/057/35742653172_adb4a89c2e_h.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://www.un.estemb.org/static/files/057/t_35742653172_adb4a89c2e_h.jpg" /></a></div> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:51:37 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1371 Remarks by the President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid at the International Peace Institute "How small states can maximize their impact in global affairs" http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1368 <div class="img"> <a href="http://www.un.estemb.org/static/files/017/deodokdxgaedgt7.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://www.un.estemb.org/static/files/017/t_deodokdxgaedgt7.jpg" /></a></div> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:51:37 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1368 President Kaljulaid: we need an operable and efficient United Nations http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1366 <div class="img"> <a href="http://www.un.estemb.org/static/files/018/728493.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://www.un.estemb.org/static/files/018/t_728493.jpg" /></a></div> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:51:56 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1366 Estonia launches official campaign for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1364 Today, the official launch of Estonia’s campaign for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021 takes place in New York. The patron of the campaign is the President of the Republic, Kersti Kaljulaid.<br>&nbsp;<br>This is the first time Estonia stands as a candidate for a non-permanent seat on the Security Council and according to Margus Kolga, the campaign manager, the main motivation for applying for the membership is security. “Security Council membership would give us a chance to play a greater part in solving important security issues,” said Kolga, Special diplomatic envoy. “It allows us to directly contribute to global issues affecting Estonia, as the UN addresses global security problems and makes decisions on how to solve them,” he added.<br>&nbsp;<br>Estonia put forward its candidacy for the Security Council in 2015. “Over the years we have proceeded step by step, and after the official campaign launch begins the most active phase that will culminate with the election in June 2019 when all 193 UN member states cast their votes,” Kolga said. He added that Estonian non-permanent membership of the Security Council is an explicit goal of both the Foreign Ministry and the government. <br>&nbsp;<br>The non-permanent seats of the Security Council are distributed on a regional basis for a two-year term. There are five regional groups: Western European and other countries, Eastern European, Asia-Pacific, Latin American and Caribbean, and African countries. Estonia belongs to the Eastern European group, which has one non-permanent seat in the Security Council. Romania is also vying for the non-permanent seat at the same time as Estonia. Estonia has not been a member of the Security Council before, while Romania has been a member on four occasions.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br><br>To mark the official start of the campaign, the Permanent Mission of Estonia to the UN in New York will organise a reception at the New York Estonian House. The culture programme of the reception includes the Estonian band Curly Strings and as DJ, the well-known entertainment figure and producer Heidy Purga. The reception is also part of the festivities marking the start of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU last week.<br><br>&nbsp; <div class="img"> <a href="http://www.un.estemb.org/static/files/057/invitation_estonian_reception_13_july_2017.png" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://www.un.estemb.org/static/files/057/t_invitation_estonian_reception_13_july_2017.jpg" /></a></div> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:12:37 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1364 Advisory council responsible for contributing to Estonia’s campaign for a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council was convened by President Kaljulaid http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1361 Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:44:40 GMT http://www.un.estemb.org/frontpage/news/aid-1361