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Minister Pentus - Rosimannus re-opened Estonian gift to the United Nations

09.06.2015

The Estonian gift to the United Nations was reopened by the Estonian Foreign Minister Keit Pentus- Rosimannus on 9 June, 2015 after the reconstruction of the UN building. The gift is a sculpture entitled "Mother Tree" by the Estonian artist Anu Raud. The sculpture is composed of nine Estonian national folk costume skirts prepared by women from the islands of Kihnu and Manija. Reopening of the “Mother Tree” has a symbolic meaning for Estonia. When the gift was presented by President Lennart Meri in 1995, Estonia had been a member of the UN for 4 years at this time and was taking only first careful steps on the global scene. When the gift was renewed, exactly 10 years after the first opening in 2005, Estonia`s position had grown much more stronger in world affairs and in 2015, when the gift is reopened second time, Estonia’s confidence, visibility and reputation have grown significantly. The gift also reminds us the enormous job done by the UN in empowering women and the realization of all human rights by all women and girls – one of the most important human rights priorities of Estonia. “ In this regard I am happy to be able to reopen the tree exactly this year- 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action and also the passing of 15 years from the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security”, the Foreign Minister noted at the opening ceremony. The sculpture is located on CB-2nd Floor in the area between the Conference Building and the General Assembly Building.

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