Statements and articles »

Statement by H.E. Mr. Sven Jürgenson, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN at the UN Security Council Arria Formula Meeting on Preparing for Security Implications of Rising Temperatures, 15 December 2017


Mr. President,

Thank you for convening this timely and important meeting.

There is a clear need to effectively respond to security threats created by climate change. In order to do so, we need to strengthen climate resilience, disaster preparedness and response, which will require coordinated action both within a country as well as internationally.

These actions should include focusing more on integrating climate change across sectors in the national sustainable development strategies. In particular, climate change's linkages with poverty, food, water, and energy security, migration, and conflict need to be made more explicit in order to influence national policy agendas. Furthermore, efforts on alignment of policies and financing are important to ensure that for example transport, housing, migration, and energy policy planning would not be undertaken separately from each other but the cross-cutting objectives would be applied across the sectoral policies, strategies, and implementation plans.

Mr. President, Estonia is fully committed to the fight against global climate change, focusing especially on the situation in the most endangered countries that are the least developed countries and the small island developing states. Among other cooperation activities, Estonia has supported several climate change mitigation and adaptation oriented projects carried out in developing countries.

Furthermore, at the COP 21 United Nations climate change conference in Paris, Estonia pledged to contribute 1 million euros annually until the year 2020 for financing international climate cooperation. The main focus is planned to be on mitigation to climate change and adapting to it, by supporting renewable energy sources, energy efficiency or transport and industry efficiency projects, as well as by strengthening administrative capacity regarding climate action or supporting solutions of adapting to climate change.

It is important to note that there are a number of major instruments already in place to prevent and tackle the effects of climate change – the Paris Agreement, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The important question now is to implement those measures in a coherent manner that will maximize the benefits of all of those instruments. This is where we as an international community must come together and work towards this common goal.

I thank you.


© Permanent Representation to the UN 3 Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, 305 East 47th Street, 6th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10017,
tel. (1 212) 883 06 40, e-mail: