Foreign Ministry supports countries needing assistance through international development co-operation organizations
The Foreign Ministry this year supported the work of several international development co-operation and humanitarian aid organizations through voluntary contributions. Foreign Minister Urmas Paet in December 2006 signed a directive allocating a total of 2.85 million kroons for voluntary contributions from the funds earmarked in the Foreign Ministry budget for development and humanitarian assistance.
According to Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, Estonia considers it important to support international organizations and has contributed through voluntary contributions since 1996. „Continuing to make donations, Estonia shows that in addition to the political will the State is taking real steps to support the provision at international level of development assistance to those in need in hotbeds of crisis and to improve living standards in poorer countries,” he said. „Supporting those organizations, Estonia’s assistance will reach in a global and efficient way also the remotest places in the world,” the Foreign Minister added.
The support is directed towards organizations dealing with contributing to the development of poorer countries and improving the living standards of their population as well as rendering help to civilians who have suffered as a result of conflicts and natural disasters. The money has been allocated to support the work of the Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the UN Girls’ Education Initiative and the WTO Doha Development Agenda Trust Fund in 2007.
The aforementioned international organizations have for a long time worked in developing countries, possess ample experience and due to that have attained expertise in providing development assistance, which is generally recognized by other donor countries as well as by countries receiving assistance.