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Mikser at the UN: safety and security are not luxury items

14. February 2017 - 15:37
Photo: UN Rick Bajornas

Yesterday, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser spoke at the UN Security Council open debate which focused on protection of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks.

According to Sven Mikser, security is not a luxury item, it must be a commodity available to everyone. “Even though the terrorist threat in Estonia has remained low, we have been and will be deeply affected by acts of terrorism both in our region and further afield. Estonia remains committed to our common efforts in the fight against terrorism,” said Mikser in his remarks at the UN.

Objects of critical infrastructure, for example healthcare, energy supply or transport are especially vulnerable in today’s interlinked world. According to Mikser, it is important to pay attention to tackling cyber security issues. “International cooperation is crucial for preventing and responding to cyber threats. I therefore encourage countries to share knowledge and skills in fight against cyber attacks, and to involve also the private sector and the civil society,” said the Foreign Minister.

In the second half of the day, Foreign Minister met with the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous to whom Mikser reaffirmed Estonia’s readiness to contribute to the UN peace keeping. In addition, Minister met with the President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thompson to discuss sustainable development goals. UN adopted the goals in 2015 which connect the topics of reducing poverty and sustainable development from an environmental perspective.

Remarks by Minister of Foreign Affairs: http://www.un.estemb.org/statements_articles/aid-1291
Photo: https://flic.kr/s/aHskNVUcUu


Additional information:

Armo Vask
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Communication Department
armo.vask@mfa.ee
(+372) 637 7618
(+372) 5666 8581

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