Paet Calls for More Equality on UN Security Council

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet (first on the left) meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (second from the right)) Photo: Foreign Ministry
11/18/2013 2:57 PM
Category: Politics

Among other input on foreign policy developments, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet this weekend called for reforming the UN Security Council to make it more effective. The statement came during UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's two-day visit to Estonia on November 15-16.

"International organizations and bodies are all the more legitimate, transparent and effective when all states have an equal opportunity to participate," Paet said in a press release concerning his meeting with Ki-moon.

The foreign minister also took the chance to give a broad overview of Estonia's international involvement, nodding to a host of efforts, including e-governance; the founding and chairing of the Freedom Online Coalition; and Tiina Intelmann's presidency of the Assembly of States’ Parties to the International Criminal Court.

The list goes on: the global trash clean-up project Let’s Do It World!, active in over 100 countries and nominated for the 2013 UN Human Rights Award; civil support to Afghanistan and the Eastern Partnership; and Estonia’s contribution to international development aid, at 0.11 percent of GDP in 2012.

The UN secretary general also met with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Speaker of Parliament Ene Ergma and Prime Minister Andrus Ansip.


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