“President of Estonia Kaljulaid: Estonia being elected to the Security Council of the UN represents a historical step”


Today, at a voting in New York, the member states of the United Nations elected Estonia to become a member of the Security Council in 2020-21. According to President Kersti Kaljulaid, who was present at the voting, this represents a historical step and another layer for Estonia’s protective shield.

“Today’s decision taken by all the countries of the world that Estonia is a suitable member of the UN Security Council in the next two years, will help us to stand up more for our country and our people. It helps us to stand up for a better world.  For values, without which we and many other countries and nations had no place in the world,” said President Kaljulaid, following Estonia’s election to the Security Council.

According to the President of the Republic, for Estonia it is important to ensure the implementation of international law, a general respect of human rights and a world based on rules and agreements; otherwise, only special interests and strength would prevail. “Since Estonia restored its independence, we have pursued the line of adopting value-based decisions among the international community. This has won us trust and we need to observe this line in the future. Belonging to the UN Security Council is a historical step for Estonia. This is another layer in our defensive shield – on the one hand, we will have better opportunities than ever to have our voice heard in global issues, while on the other hand we can make Estonia better known and increase the weight of our voice,” said President Kaljulaid.

The Head of State also thanked everyone who has contributed to Estonia’s quest to become a member of the UN Security Council over the past 14 years. She also thanked Romania, which applied for the position of a member of the UN Security Council with Estonia, and congratulated Niger, Tunisia, Vietnam and St Vincent and Grenadines, which were elected to the Security Council for 2010-21 along with Estonia.

The President of the Republic is on a work visit to the United States of America where she will take part in events related to the election of non-permanent members of the UN Security Council. The Head of State will return to Estonia on Sunday.

Krishan Chand

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