Estonia in the United Nations

Estonia in the United Nations


Estonia became a member of the United Nations on 17 September 1991. Estonia’s first permanent representative to the UN headquarters was Ernst Jaakson, Estonia’s long time consul general in New York and head of mission in the United States, a diplomat who with his service helped to maintain the legal continuity of the Republic of Estonia through the Soviet occupation.

Out of five UN’s regional groups (Asian, African, Latin-American and Caribbean, Eastern European, Western European and Others) Estonia has been a member of the Eastern European Group since May 2004.

Estonia's Representatives to the UN

The permanent representatives of Estonia to the UN in New York
1991-1994 Ernst Jaakson
1994-1998 Trivimi Velliste
1998-2000 Sven Jürgenson
2000-2004 Merle Pajula
2004 Jaak Jõerüüt
2004-2010 Tiina Intelmann
2010-2015 Margus Kolga
2015- Sven Jürgenson
The permanent representatives of Estonia to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva
1998-1999 Priit Pallum
2000-2004 Clyde Kull
2004-2009 Tõnis Nirk
2009-2015 Jüri Seilenthal
2015-2019 Andre Pung
2019- Katrin Saarsalu-Layachi
Estonia's permanent representatives to the organisations related to the UN and UN programmes
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO Preparatory Commission) and the UN Office in Vienna Toomas Kukk     
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Kaili Terras
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Clyde Kull
UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Ruve Šank

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Last updated: 3 February 2022

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