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Ratas at the UN: every person in the world should live in dignity

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New York, USA, 24 September 2018 – Today, at the UN Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas assured that Estonia believes every person in the world should live in dignity.

Representatives from more than 140 states and international organisations attend the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, the aim of which was to affirm the commitment to preserve the legacy of Nelson Mandela. Together, the participants promise to stand up for global peace, prevention and resolution of conflicts, and rigorous protection of human rights.

“Nelson Mandela’s endless fight for peace, human rights and democracy has permanently changed how we live today,” Ratas noted, while adding that Mandela’s services to humanity should never be taken for granted or forgotten. “Estonians are celebrating the 100th anniversary of their country this year and know the value of peace and independence very well,” Ratas said.

According to Ratas, the world stands at a crossroads again. “The disputes today and the challenges of past decades are threatening the world we live in and the values we share. It is our decision which path we choose. The choice is between the world of alienation and hatred or the world of unity and prosperity,” he said.

Estonia stands for a world where countries keep their promises and respect common values as well as international law. “We cannot forget or accept the situation in Georgia and Ukraine,” the prime minister stressed.

The Estonian Defence Forces are participating in the UN peacekeeping in Lebanon and a mission in Mali but also in a NATO military operation in Afghanistan and operation Barkhane of the French forces in Mali to attain security and prevent conflicts. For a more thorough overview of the Estonian Defence Forces’ operations abroad, see the official website of the Defence Forces at

Estonia also continues to fight for gender equality and the empowering of women and girls. In Ghana, for example, Estonia supports the education of children and the entrepreneurship of women. See more about our development co-operation and humanitarian aid at the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at

A political joint declaration was approved at the Peace Summit to confirm a higher commitment in resolving conflicts and finding peaceful reconciliations, defending and advancing human rights, attaining gender equality, standing for the rights of vulnerable women, children and elderly, and supporting the poor and less advanced communities. The years 2019–2028 were declared the Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace.

Ratas will also meet with Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia, Taneti Maamau and President of Kiribati among others.

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