On 5-7 April, the Estonian delegation led by Member of the Parliament Mart Nutt visited Castries, the capital of Saint Lucia, holding meetings with local politicians and senior officials to introduce the key messages of Estonia’s UN Security Council campaign. Furthermore, possibilities were explored to enliven bilateral cooperation between the two countries and opportunities for regional exchanges.
On Saturday, the delegation had a breakfast meeting with Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and Foreign Minister Sarah Flood-Beaubrun. The discussions revealed that greater inclusion of small states in global decision-making, particularly in the situation where the small states are not the key cause for security problems, but are the first ones affected by them, are the principal issues for St. Lucia.
Climate change is an especially vivid example of such a topic that should be more widely addressed in the Security Council. During the last hurricane season some of the small island states suffered damages greater than their gross national product, and to assume that they would be able to return to the pre-catastrophe levels on their own, is simplified and unrealistic.
Mart Nutt: „It was encouraging to hear that Estonia with its fast development and development favouring thinking is an example for other countries in the world. Hopefully we will be able to keep and justify this image“. Allen Chastanet, who is very interested in public digital services and e-government, is likely to pay a visit to Estonia in the end of May and attend the Tallinn e-Governance Conference 2018.
A day earlier the delegation held negotiations with the Permanent Secretary of the St. Lucia Ministry of External Affairs, Ambassador Elma Gene Isaac. The meeting focused on the issues of the United Nations Security Council and its future. Both parties found that there is a need to raise the efficiency of the Council and it should focus more on preventive measures and be more pro-active to be actually able to avoid the eruption of some conflicts. It is also important for the small states to cooperate and coordinate more in the entire United Nations system, because only that would enable them to play an equal role with the big states.
The delegation consisting of MP Mart Nutt, Ambassador Margus Kolga and diplomat Mari Tomingas will be next visiting the islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines.