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Foreign Minister Sven Mikser: Every country should have a voice in the UN

10. October 2018 - 16:04

Foreign Minister Sven Mikser greeted the participants at the opening ceremony of MUNOT at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today. MUNOT, or the Model United Nations of Tallinn, is an annual student conference which operates along the same lines as the UN. This year’s event is taking place from 10-13 October and is being organised by Tallinn German Gymnasium.

“The UN is a special and much-needed organisation within our system of international relations,” Minister Mikser said. “It keeps the peace and promotes dialogue between nations. The norms and principles agreed among its members create a framework for discussion between the governments of different countries. Of course, as the world changes, so must its organisations. In order to more effectively achieve its objectives, the UN needs to speed up its decision-making processes and make them more flexible, while at the same time setting greater transparency as a goal.”

The Foreign Minister stressed that the UN needs to move towards more effective preventive action. “What we want to see is an organisation which not only reacts to crisis situations but is capable of preventing them,” he explained. “That’s not always possible, but our ability to foresee conflicts needs to improve.”

Mikser also outlined to the students Estonia’s candidature for a place as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. “Our position is that every country, regardless of its location or size, should have its voice heard on important matters in the UN,” he said. “We want to make the world a safer place, and to that end attaining a seat on the Security Council as a non-permanent member is our next major goal. We’ve come a long way to get where we are in Estonia today and we have experience that’s worth sharing with others.” As an example of this, the Foreign Minister highlighted the country’s know-how in the digital field.

Those taking part in the conference were also welcomed by Estonia’s first UN Youth Delegate* Kätlin Kuldmaa. “Young people play an important role in today’s UN,” she said. “The growing contribution we’re making is being noticed and we’re becoming more visible. It’s young people who want to look to the future and move beyond wars and conflicts. This September the UN Secretary General also launched the ‘Youth 2030: United Nations Youth Strategy’, which shows how important young people are in the context of the organisation as a whole.”

*For 2018 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Union of Estonian Youth Associations elected a UN Youth Delegate for Estonia for the first time. The person holding this voluntary position is an official members of the country’s UN delegation, attending the General Assembly and taking part in the work of its committees and social and economic councils over the course of a year. The Youth Delegate provides input on topics related to young people and contributes to the actual work of the delegation. Every member state of the UN decides for itself who is given the opportunity to represent its youth.

Sandra Kamilova
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Communication Department

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