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Estonia Feels Changes in UN Security Council Are Necessary


No. 175-E

At the conference on UN Security Council reform being held in Rome, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that the UN plays a very important role in ensuring global security, and therefore the changes that have take place in the world should be reflected by the composition and development of the UN Security Council. Estonia supports strengthening the UN and making it more effective.

Paet said that the permanent membership of the UN Security Council should reflect changes that have occurred in the world as well as today’s power relations.

“The main goal of reforming the UN Security Council is to expand membership and ensure equal representation of geographical regions among both permanent and non-permanent members,” stated Foreign Minister Paet. He expressed hope that it would be possible to move forward with the UN Security Council reform and achieve real results.

Estonia would like to make a contribution to global peace and security and is therefore a candidate to be a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council from 2020-2021. Estonia is also a candidate to be a member of the UN Human Rights Council from 2012-2015.

Paet said that in order to ensure peace, quality of life in developing nations, and economic success, Estonia feels it is essential to focus on improving the security of women and children in developing countries, issues related to climate change, and the fight against hunger and poverty, to name a few things.

“Last year, under the leadership of Estonia and Tunisia, the UN Entity for Gender Equality UN Women was created, which is an important step towards achieving these goals,” Paet stated. UN Women addresses women’s rights and gender equality all over the world and implements programmes to improve the situation of women in developing countries.

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