Member of Estonian Parliament and Member of the President’s Advisory Council Mart Nutt, Ambassador Margus Kolga and diplomat Mari Tomingas continued their United Nations Security Council campaign visit in the Caribbean region with meetings in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Dominica. Both countries are among the smaller ones in the region, but each country has a vote at the United Nations General Assembly elections. Both countries are concerned about the negative consequences of climate change, which threaten their sustainable development and the security of their people.
In Saint Vincent, the delegation met with Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce Mrs. Sandy Phillips-Peters. Prime Minister Gonsalves, an experienced politician, has been head of government for the last 18 years, when his Unity Labour Party has won the elections. During a three-hour meeting the interlocutors weighed the opportunities of small states to influence global issues, the importance of sustainable development and all countries’ responsibility to achieve that, as well as regional problems and challenges and the prospects of small states in securing the development and welfare of its people. „For the people of a small developing state, but actually for all nations, education is the key for providing a more solid perspective to enhance one’s welfare in the future“, affirmed Mart Nutt.
Additionally, Estonian delegation introduced to the Prime Minister the key messages of Estonia’s Security Council campaign as well as its experience in the area of e-government and digital services, and cooperation already carried out in the Caribbean region in this particular area. E-Government delivers more effective, but also less costly opportunities for achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This makes their adoption particularly attractive for small states. To ensure success, however, a necessary precondition is a strong general education system and digital literacy.