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13.12.2013 
Statement by H.E. Mr. Margus Kolga, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the United Nations at the High-Level Conference on the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)
Dear Assistant-Secretary General, Excellences, Distinguished Delegates,   I would like to start with stressing that the impact of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is invaluable. CERF ...
03.12.2013 
Statement by H. E. Mr. Margus Kolga, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Estonia to the Ad Hoc Committee of the General Assembly for the Announcement of Voluntary Contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees
Mr. Chairman,   Estonia highly values the work of UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). We find it extremely important that ...
02.12.2013 
Statement at the Commemoration Day of the Holodomor
Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen, Every human being has a right to life, liberty and security. Every human being should have the right to live in dignity, in a stable and peaceful ...
29.10.2013 
Statement by H. E. Mr. Margus Kolga, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Estonia to the United Nations at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Security Council Working Methods
Mr. President,   At the outset I would like to thank you for organizing today`s open debate on Security Council Working Methods, 6th of its kind and, for the very comprehensive concept ...
18.10.2013 
Statement by H. E. Mr. Margus Kolga, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Estonia to the United Nations at the UN Security Council Open Debate on "Women, Rule of Law and Transitional Justice in Conflict-Affected Situations"
I would like to join the others in expressing gratitude to the Secretary-General, Executive Director of UN Women, High Commissioner for Human Rights and NGO Working Group on Women, Peace ...
11.10.2013 
Statement by H. E. Mr. Jüri Seilenthal, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Estonia to the United Nations Headquarters and Other International Organisations in Geneva at the General Assembly 68th Session First Committee
Thank you very much, Mr Chairman. Let me first congratulate you on assuming this position and we assure you of our full support in your efforts to achieve a successful outcome in this ...
11.10.2013 
Statement by Gert Auväärt, Legal Advisor of the Permanent Mission of Estonia to the United Nations at the General Assembly on Responsibility to Protect
I would like to join the others by thanking the PGA for convening this meeting and by expressing gratitude to the SG for his address and for his report devoted to State Responsibility and Prevention. ...
09.10.2013 
Statement by Gert Auväärt, Legal Advisor of the Permanent Mission of Estonia to the United Nations at the 68th Session of the General Assembly under the agenda item 85: “The rule of law at the national and international level”
Estonia aligns itself with the statement delivered earlier by the EU.   In addition I would like to make the following remarks:   Estonia welcomes the report of ...
04.10.2013 
Statement by Mrs. Ruth Annus, Head of Migration and Border Policy Department, Estonian Ministry of Interior. High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, 68th session of General Assembly of the United Nations
  President, Excellencies, Distinguished Panellists, Ladies and Gentlemen   It is a profound honour to take floor ...
27.09.2013 
Statement by H. E. Mr. Urmas Paet, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia ath the Ministerial Panel: A Call to ratify the Kampala amendments on the crime of aggression
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,   Firstly, I would like to thank Liechtenstein, our close ally in struggle for nations’ human right for peace and justice, for organizing ...
26.09.2013 
Statement by H. E. Mr. Urmas Paet, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia at the side-event "Enhancing Accountability for Sexual Violence in Conflict"
Excellencies, Distinguished Panellists, Ladies and Gentlemen   I would like to welcome you all to the Panel Discussion on Enhancing Accountability for Sexual Violence in Conflict. ...
25.09.2013 
Address by the President of the Republic of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves at the General Debate 68th General Assembly
Mr Secretary General, Mr President of General Assembly Ladies and gentlemen, The central theme of the 68th General Assembly is sustainable development. With its three main pillars ...
25.09.2013 
Statement by H. E. Mr. Urmas Paet, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia at the side event "Freedom from Violence for Every Woman and Girl: A Priority for the Post-2015 Agenda"
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen   First, I would like to thank Finland, Liberia and UN Women for organizing this event to exchange views on the relationship of violence ...
25.09.2013 
Statement by H. E. Mr. Urmas Paet, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia at the Special Event on Millennium Development Goals
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen   With 15 months left until the year 2015, it is a good time to honestly reflect on the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals. ...
24.09.2013 
Statement by Mr. Taavo Lumiste on behalf of the Republic of Estonia at the Community of Democracies meeting on Democracy and Development
Excellencies, Distinguished representatives of governments and international organizations, Partners from civil society and private sector, Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank ...
23.09.2013 
Statement by H. E. Mr. Taavi Rõivas, Minister of Social Affairs of the Republic of Estonia at the High-level meeting of the General Assembly on the realization of the MDG-s and other internationally agreed development goals for persons with disabilities
Round table 2: post-2015 development agenda and inclusive development for persons with disabilities     Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen Society has ...
23.09.2013 
Keynote Address by President Toomas Hendrik Ilves at Panel Discussion „A Secure and Free Internet“, the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium
Ladies and Gentlemen,   We, the citizens of the world wide web of democracies, are connected by optical cables and computers, but most importantly, by values and the belief ...
19.09.2013 
Statement of H.E. Mr Väino Reinart, Special Representative of Estonia for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the UN Security Council debate on Afghanistan
Thank you, Mr. President, Firstly, allow me to join the others by thanking the President of the Council for organizing this debate. I would also like to thank the Secretary General for ...
16.09.2013 
Statement by H.E. Mr. Margus Kolga, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Estonia to the United Nations at the UN-Women Executive Board Second regular session
Mr President, Mr Executive Director, distinguished delegates,   Let me start by congratulating Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka on her appointment as Executive Director of UN Woman and thank her ...
11.09.2013 
Statement by Gert Auväärt, Legal Advisor of the Permanent Mission of Estonia to the United Nations at the Fifth informal interactive dialogue of the United Nations General Assembly on the Responsibility to Protect
  I would like to join the others by thanking the PGA for convening this meeting and by expressing gratitude to the SG for his address and for his report devoted to State Responsibility ...
03.09.2013 
Estonian statement at the UNICEF Executive Board Second Regular Session 2013 "UNICEF Strategic Plan, 2014-2017. Realizing the rights of every child, especially the most disadvantaged"
Mr President, Mr Executive Director, distinguished delegates, I would like to thank the Executive Director Mr. Anthony Lake for his inspiring statement earlier today, the very comprehensive ...
19.08.2013 
Statement by H.E. Mr. Margus Kolga, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Estonia to the United Nations at the Open Debate in the Security Council on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict
Madam President, I would like to join the others in thanking Argentina for organizing this Open Debate and see it as a sign of the Security Council’s continued commitment to address the impact ...
19.07.2013 
Estonian Statement at the 6th Session of the CRPD Conference of State Parties
Mr. President, Excellencies, distinguished members of delegations and the civil society, Estonia aligns itself with the statement made on behalf of the European Union, including concerns regarding ...
25.06.2013 
Estonian Pledge Statement at the UN Women Executive Board
Estonia welcomed the historic consensus achieved in 2010 on the creation of UN Women.  We appreciate its achievements and operationalization during the first three years of work.  ...
25.06.2013 
Statement by H.E. Ms Tiina Intelmann, President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC and Estonia’s Ambassador-at-large for the ICC, at a seminar on the protection of witnesses in Dakar, Senegal (in French)
Excellences, Distingués invités, Je souhaite exprimer mes sincères remerciements au gouvernement du Sénégal et au Goree Institut qui ont bien voulu accueillir cet évènement ...
24.06.2013 
Statement by H. E. Mr. Margus Kolga, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Estonia to the United Nations at the Open Debate in the Security Council on Sexual Violence in Conflict
Mr President, I would like to join the others by thanking you for organizing this open debate. Estonia fully aligns itself with the statement delivered by the European Union. The ...
18.06.2013 
Remarks by H.E. Mr. Margus Kolga, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN at UNICEF Executive Board Annual Session
Mr President, Mr Executive Director, distinguished delegates,   Having heard the comprehensive overview of UNICEF´s annual report, allow me to congratulate the Executive Director ...
03.06.2013 
Statement by H.E. Mr. Urmas Paet, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia at the signing ceremony of the Arms Trade Treaty
  Mr Secretary General, Dear Collegues, Ladies and Gentelmen,   It is a profound honor to take the floor at the signing ceremony of the Arms Trade Treaty.  ...
17.04.2013 
Statement by HE Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court "ICC complementarity in practice: Challenges, progress and prospects in Africa", Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen,   This seminar has been organized to discuss how to strengthen the capacity of states to investigate and prosecute the most serious crimes ...
17.04.2013 
Statement of H.E. Mr. Margus Kolga, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security
  Madam President, Excellencies, Distinguished Participants, ladies and gentlemen, At the outset let me thank the Secretary-General, the Special Representative of the Secretary General ...
19.03.2013 
Statement of H.E. Mr. Margus Kolga, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN at the UN Security Council debate on the Situation in Afganistan
Thank you, Mr. President, First of all, allow me to thank the Secretary General for his intervention and for the report. I would also like to thank the Special Representative, Jan Kubiš ...
12.03.2013 
Statement by H.E. Ms Tiina Intelmann , President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and Estonia’s Ambassador-at-large for the ICC, at a high-level conference organized by Africa Legal Aid in Arusha
I am delighted to participate in this workshop dedicated to what I consider to be a remarkable and a very interesting relationship, that of Africa and the ICC.  No relationship is without difficulties ...
05.03.2013 
Statement by H. E. Mr. Urmas Paet, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Estonia, at the 57th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women
Mr. Chair, Excellencies, distinguished members of delegations and the civil society, Ladies and Gentlemen, Estonia aligns itself with the statement made on behalf of the European Union ...
04.03.2013 
Statement by H. E. Mr. Urmas Paet, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Estonia at the side ecent in frames of the CSW "UNSCR 1325 - What lies ahead?"
Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear friends and advocates of the UNSC Resolution 1325 Women, Peace and Security,   I warmly welcome you all to today’s discussion on the ...
26.02.2013 
Statement by H. E. Mr. Margus Kolga, Permanent Representative of Estonia at the celebration of the Independence Day of the Republic of Estonia
Excellences,Ladies and Gentlemen,Dear Guests, Two days ago, on the 24th of February, the Republic of Estonia became 95 years old. This is not much, only about a lifetime of a contemporary man or ...
12.02.2013 
Statement of H.E. Mr. Margus Kolga, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN at the UN Security Council open debate “Protection of civilians in armed conflict”
Mr. President,   First of all, allow me to thank the Secretary General as well as the other distinguished speakers for their interventions. Estonia welcomes this timely debate on ...
07.02.2013 
Estonian Pledge Statement at the UNICEF Executive Board 2013
Mr. President, 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 ...
05.02.2013 
Remarks by H.E. Mr. Margus Kolga at UNICEF Executive Board 1st Regular Session 2013
At the outset, allow me to congratulate our Nordic neighbor Finland and especially Ambassador Viinanen on being elected as the President of the Bureau and for his encouraging opening statement. ...
23.01.2013 
Statement by H.E. Mr. Margus Kolga, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN at the UN-Women 1st Regular Session 2013
Thank You Mr President, Madame Under Secretary General and Executive Director Michelle Bachelet, distinguished colleagues,   At the outset, allow me to say, that it has been a great ...
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