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03.07.2020|Foreign Ministry

At the UN Security Council pandemic debate Reinsalu called for compliance with the COVID-19 resolution

Yesterday 2 July, Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu attended the UN Security Council’s open debate on pandemics and security. “Since the start of the pandemic, Estonia has advocated for the UN Security Council to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on peace and security. This is why we are particularly...
01.06.2020|Foreign Ministry

Estonia completes its first UN Security Council presidency

Today 1 June, Estonia is passing the UN Security Council presidency baton to France. According to Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu, Estonia successfully completed its presidency programme. “The month of May put Estonia’s foreign service at the heart of crisis diplomacy during one of the...
29.05.2020|Foreign Ministry

Foreign Minister Reinsalu expressed concern at the UN Security Council over Russia’s increased military presence in Libya

Yesterday 28 May, Josep Borrell, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy briefed the Security Council at Estonia’s invitation. The meeting looked at ongoing crises where both the European Union and the UN are involved in resolution efforts. Foreign...
27.05.2020|Foreign Ministry

President Kaljulaid of Estonia: pandemic cannot be used as pretext to hinder access of humanitarian aid

Office of the President of the Republic of Estonia — The restrictions on movement related to the pandemic are understandable, but they must not be used to artificially obstruct the provision of humanitarian aid in conflict areas, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said at a high-level discussion...
23.05.2020|Foreign Ministry

At Estonia’s initiative, the international community reaffirmed the importance of cyber stability, including during the COVID-19 crisis, at the UN Security Council

At the Arria-formula meeting of the UN Security Council focusing on cyber stability, conflict prevention and capacity building, participants stressed that international law applied in cyberspace and norms of responsible state behaviour hold for all UN Member States. Around 60 countries and...
22.05.2020|Foreign Ministry

Prime Minister Ratas: the COVID-19 crisis has increased the importance of global cybersecurity

Stenbock House, 22 May 2020 - In his statement at an informal meeting of the Estonian Presidency of the UN Security Council today, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas noted that the global pandemic has demonstrated the importance of a secure cyberspace. “I am pleased to open this virtual debate today on a...
21.05.2020|Foreign Ministry

The Estonian Presidency of the UN Security Council holds a landmark discussion on cybersecurity

On Friday 22 May Estonia is organising a landmark meeting that focuses on cyber stability, cyber norms and international law as part of its Presidency of the UN Security Council. Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will make an opening statement from the Tallinn Creative Hub studio. The event is moderated by...
16.05.2020|Foreign Ministry

Ways to increase the UN Security Council’s openness discussed during Estonia’s presidency

Yesterday 15 May, an open VTC meeting on enhancing the working methods of the UN Security Council and adjusting to crisis conditions was held as part of Estonia’s presidency of the Security Council. One of Estonia’s objectives in the Security Council is to increase the transparency and efficiency...
13.05.2020|Foreign Ministry

Estonia highlighted the report of the OPCW on the use of chemical weapons in Syria at a UN Security Council meeting

Yesterday 12 May, a video meeting was held at the UN Security Council on the issue of chemical weapons in Syria, and as the current President, Estonia invited Fernando Arias, the Director General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), to be one of the speakers. ...
09.05.2020|Foreign Ministry

At Estonia’s initiative, 80 countries across the world discussed lessons for peace from the Second World War and the current security situation

Yesterday 8 May, the largest high-level gathering of UN member states since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis was held as part of Estonia’s presidency of the UN Security Council. The six-hour meeting brought together nearly 80 countries, around 50 of which were represented at a ministerial...


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