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Estonia’s new Ambassador to UNESCO presents credentials

5. October 2018 - 8:30

On Thursday, 4 October, Estonia’s permanent representative to UNESCO Alar Streimann presented his credentials to Director-General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay.

After the ceremony, Ambassador Streimann stressed UNESCO’s importance on many issues close to Estonia. “Estonia values UNESCO’s role in safeguarding freedom of speech, the free flow of information and the safety and protection of journalists. This is also at the core of Estonian democracy,” said the Ambassador. Director-General Azoulay also commended Estonia for its vocal defence of press freedom on an international stage.

Other topics of discussion included UNESCO’s work in defending human rights and the rights of indigenous peoples. The Ambassador highlighted Estonia’s contribution to the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages as a member of the Steering Committee.

Ambassador Streimann lauded UNESCO’s leading role in heading the education-related section of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, expressing his delight at the Estonian-born Let’s Do It Foundation being awarded the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development. On her end, Director-General noted UNESCO’s work on oceanography and her hope for more in-depth co-operation with Estonia on the issue.

UNESCO, or, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is a specialised agency of the UN, set up to protect international peace and security through promoting co-operation between countries in the fields of education, culture, science, technology and media. UNESCO is headquartered in Paris and Estonia has been a member since 1991.

Alar Streimann has served as Estonia’s Ambassador to France since 2015, based in Paris. In addition to UNESCO he is accredited to the Republic of Tunisia, the Principality of Monaco and the OECD. Streimann joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991, as an adviser in the department of international trade policy. He has previously served as the ambassador to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (2003-2006) and the Kingdom of Sweden (2006-2010). Between 2011 and 2015 he worked as Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry.

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Additional information:

Britta Tarvis
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Communication Department
+372 637 7627 / +372 5194 7045

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