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Estonia launches official campaign for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council

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Today, the official launch of Estonia’s campaign for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021 takes place in New York. The patron of the campaign is the President of the Republic, Kersti Kaljulaid.
This is the first time Estonia stands as a candidate for a non-permanent seat on the Security Council and according to Margus Kolga, the campaign manager, the main motivation for applying for the membership is security. “Security Council membership would give us a chance to play a greater part in solving important security issues,” said Kolga, Special diplomatic envoy. “It allows us to directly contribute to global issues affecting Estonia, as the UN addresses global security problems and makes decisions on how to solve them,” he added.
Estonia put forward its candidacy for the Security Council in 2015. “Over the years we have proceeded step by step, and after the official campaign launch begins the most active phase that will culminate with the election in June 2019 when all 193 UN member states cast their votes,” Kolga said. He added that Estonian non-permanent membership of the Security Council is an explicit goal of both the Foreign Ministry and the government.
The non-permanent seats of the Security Council are distributed on a regional basis for a two-year term. There are five regional groups: Western European and other countries, Eastern European, Asia-Pacific, Latin American and Caribbean, and African countries. Estonia belongs to the Eastern European group, which has one non-permanent seat in the Security Council. Romania is also vying for the non-permanent seat at the same time as Estonia. Estonia has not been a member of the Security Council before, while Romania has been a member on four occasions.  

To mark the official start of the campaign, the Permanent Mission of Estonia to the UN in New York will organise a reception at the New York Estonian House. The culture programme of the reception includes the Estonian band Curly Strings and as DJ, the well-known entertainment figure and producer Heidy Purga. The reception is also part of the festivities marking the start of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU last week.



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