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Foreign Minister Paet at Meeting With UN Secretary General Ban: Estonia Striving to be Member of UN Human Right Council

24.01.2011

No. 21-E

During his meeting at UN headquarters in New York with the secretary general of the global organisation Ban Ki-moon, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet confirmed that Estonia will continue to actively contribute to the UN in the humanitarian, development, and gender equality sectors. “Estonia being selected a member of the UN Human Rights Council in 2012 would give the country a new way to express its ideas in the international arena,” said Foreign Minister Paet. “We are also preparing for Estonia’s candidacy to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2019,” said Paet.

Secretary General Ban recognised Estonia for its active participation in UN activities and for taking a leading role in implementing one of the most important reforms for the UN in recent years—making the UN development aid system more effective. “Estonia’s role in the creation of the UN gender equality body UN Women was indispensable,” said Secretary General Ban. Foreign Minister Paet confirmed that it is important to Estonia to continue working so that UN Women could fulfil its goals. “At the same time, advancing the role of women cannot be the work of just one agency. Therefore we hope that UN Women will create accountability so that everyone in the UN system will take the gender aspect into account,” Paet said at the meeting.

Foreign Minister Paet stated that Estonia feels the UN’s activities in dealing with the world’s humanitarian problems are important, and Estonia is ready to increase its own contribution to these activities.

While talking about the situation in Sudan after Southern Sudan’s independence referendum, Foreign Minister Paet said that it is important to Estonia that the results of the referendum are recognised by Northern Sudan as well as the international community. “Only this can create a basis for the creation of lasting peace between two independent nations. The international community must prevent the failure of Southern Sudan as a nation from the very beginning,” said Paet.

At the meeting, Foreign Minister Paet gave the UN secretary general an overview of his recent visit to Afghanistan. Paet and the UN secretary general also discussed the situations in North Korea and Palestine.

Photos from the meeting: http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry

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