Ban Ki-moon Visits Estonia

Ban Ki-moon Photo: AFP/Scanpix
11/15/2013 11:39 AM
Category: Politics

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has arrived in Estonia for a two-day visit.

His agenda includes meetings with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip and Foreign Minister Urmas Paet.

In comments to ERR radio, the Estonian ambassador to the UN, Margus Kolga, said:

"The UN is such a huge organization that, from one field to the next and from one timeframe to another, there is a lot going on here. In the context of sustainable development concerning the future situation of the world, Ban Ki-moon has been very strong, having been able to mobilize countries to that end and quite successfully move things forward," Kolga said.

Kolga said the UN leader has also been noted for drawing attention to the role of women and young people in society. "During his term, these issues have firmly emerged to the forefront in the UN and integrated with other areas," Kolga said.

"Regarding security issues, such as resolving the Syrian crisis, his reach has fallen short. Yet one cannot directly reproach him because in these types of issues the power is largely in the hands of the Security Council and its five permanent members," Kolga said.

Ban is traveling with his wife Ban Soon-taek.


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