Yesterday, on 13 July, President of the Republic Kersti Kaljulaid officially launched Estonia’s campaign for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021 in New York.
According to Margus Kolga, the special diplomatic envoy and manager of the Estonian campaign, the Security Council membership would add value to Estonia's security and give Estonia a chance to play a greater part on the international stage.
Kolga noted that Estonia’s campaign is based on three principles: equality, efficiency and empathy. “Estonia promotes these values in its current activities at the UN, and if elected, we would also follow these principles in the Security Council,” he said.
As a member of the UN, Estonia advocates for those who fight against injustice and aggression and try to stand up for their rights. Estonia contributes to the UN peacekeeping operations and supports resolution of conflicts and rebuilding efforts. Estonia is also a development and humanitarian aid donor. The country is committed to supporting reduction of poverty, promoting sustainable development and fighting climate change.
A video introducing the Estonian campaign was premiered at the launch event, and can be watched here: https://vimeo.com/224605504/03fe3176e0
Estonia put forward its candidacy for the Security Council in 2015. Now begins the most active phase of the campaign that culminates with the election in summer 2019 when all 193 UN member states cast their votes.
The non-permanent seats on the Security Council are distributed on a regional basis. There are five regional groups: Western European and other countries, Eastern European, Asia-Pacific, Latin American and Caribbean, and African countries. Estonia belongs to the Eastern European group, which has one non-permanent seat on the Security Council. Romania also stands for the one non-permanent seat of the Eastern European group for 2020-2021at the same time with Estonia. Estonia has not been a member of the Security Council before, while Romania has been a member on four occasions
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