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Prime Minister Ratas in the UN: our main goal is to prevent conflicts and crises

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New York, USA, 24 April 2018 – At today’s high-level meeting on peacebuilding, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas acknowledged that while peacebuilding and sustaining peace are of vital importance, it still means that we are dealing with consequences. Ratas found that to make the world a safer and better place, we must find more efficient ways to focus on addressing the root causes of conflicts and crises.

“Inequality and political, social or economic exclusion are among the most common reasons leading to internal violent conflict,” said Ratas today at the UN’s first high-level meeting on peacebuilding. “Therefore, democratic governance, rule of law, protection of human rights and transparent, accountable state institutions are essential for achieving stability and peace,” said the prime minister.

Ratas added that it is also important to recognize the crucial role of women and the youth in sustaining peace. The rights of women and children and ensuring their equal rights in education, employment, and the society is one of the main priorities of Estonia’s foreign policy in the field of human rights.

Estonia currently participates in three peacekeeping missions of the UN and was a member of the peacebuilding committee last year. Estonia annually contributes to the United Nation’s Peacebuilding Fund with 75,000 euros. The fund supports the UN’s projects in 20 to 30 countries, including Africa’s Sahel region, Liberia, South Sudan, etc. The main goals include the execution of peace agreements, peaceful solving of conflicts, restoration of the economy, and supporting the creation of government structures.

Today, the Prime Minister has a separate meeting with António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, to discuss conflicts and humanitarian crises in Syria and Ukraine. Meetings are also planned with Adama Barrow, President of the Gambia, and Faustin-Archange Touadéra, President of the Central African Republic.

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