Estonian Pledge Statement at the UNICEF Executive Board 2013
Estonia welcomes many efforts made by
UNICEF towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and UNICEF contributions
to implement the Rio+ 20 outcome. We hope
UNICEF continues to be active in the debate on post 2015 agenda to get the
important issues such as focus on education, gender, children’s rights and
resilience on the new agenda.
Estonia has supported UNICEF’s activities
for 15 years and is increasing
its core contribution year by year as well as supporting UNICEF’s development
and humanitarian aid programmes and projects in many countries. UNICEF has been a key partner to Estonia while channeling
its contributions to various projects when crises and disasters have arisen. In
supported UNICEF’s activities in 8 different countries with almost half a million
euros - the biggest annual contribution we have made to UNICEF so far.
highly supports the activities and work UNICEF has done in protection of children’s rights and survival
of children in the world. We are pleased to see the results achieved in so many areas; for
instance strengthening and recognition of child protection and the reduction of
child mortality, just to name a few. Estonia hopes that UNICEF will
continue to implement protection, health and education programmes for children
in conflict and post-disaster/post-conflict countries with a strong focus on
gender equality, to have more efforts on preparedness and resilience, to pursue
innovations and to respond to the emergency needs of children and women.
I am pleased to announce Estonia’s increased core
contribution to UNICEF for 2013 by almost 33% with the sum of 60 000 Euros. Estonia also contributes
20 000 Euros to Girls’ Education Initiative in 2013. With
the aim to assure predictability of funds Estonia
has already transferred its 2013 core contribution to UNICEF and UNGEI.
Last week in Kuwait Conference Estonia pledged 300 000 euros to
support Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. I am pleased to inform you
that 100 000 euros from this pledge will be donated to UNICEF to support
continuation of education of Syrian children in Lebanon.
Additionally Estonia has contributed 30 000 euros to the
Violence against Children Trust Account, managed by UNICEF, to support
activities of the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on
Violence against Children in 2013.
Our increased contributions shows our confidence in UNICEF’s work in protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to
expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Estonia is committed to support UNICEF’s
activities also in the future with possible increased contributions.