Statement by Ms. Minna-Liina Lind, Deputy Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN at the United Nations Security Council Arria Formula Meeting on Hybrid Wars as a Threat to International Peace and Security, 31 March, 2017
Statement by Ms. Minna-Liina Lind, Deputy Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN at the
United Nations Security Council Arria Formula Meeting on
Hybrid Wars as a Threat to International Peace and Security
New York, 31 March 2017
Thank you, Mr President, for convening today’s meeting on this highly complex issue and for the excellent briefings we have heard this morning.
What we have seen over the past years in Syria and Libya, but especially the conflict in Ukraine – which is the clearest example of a hybrid warfare held against a sovereign state, as has also been eloquently expressed here today – is a reminder that we all should be alert. No society is completely immune to hybrid threats.
The use of hybrid forms of warfare is aimed at exploiting the seams of our economies, societies and networks; it affects and disrupts different areas of our everyday life. Estonia believes that a resilient state is built by enhancing the situational awareness, crisis management, military responsiveness and agility not only by the government, but also by the society as a whole.
Hybrid forms of warfare are often cross-border in nature, the most common examples being cyber threats and disinformation campaigns. Joint efforts to counter hybrid threats must be therefore comprehensive in national as well as international level. Estonia for its part is working closely in these matters with a number of countries, including Ukraine.
Additionally I would like to point out that populism and disinformation create instability that deeply affects the general sense of security of the citizens. Disinformation is a key component in creating confusion and distorting the interpretation of reality. In this context, strategic communication and raising general awareness are important elements in countering hybrid threats.
In conclusion, Mr President, Estonia believes that by strengthening a free, high quality and pluralistic media environment as well as other key elements such as economic development, strong public services and energy infrastructure, it is easier to ensure a comprehensive protection against hybrid threats.