Speeches

At the 74th United Nations General Assembly

At the 74th United Nations General Assembly

Mr President
Mr Secretary General,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Brothers and sisters,

40 years ago, 40 years after Europe had been divided between those with power, between those who never hesitated to use this power to the benefit of their own nations and detriment of the others – 45 people from the Baltic States sent out an appeal to the United Nations, to the EU and the countries involved.

Their appeal – later known as the Baltic Memorandum – carried the hope that multilateral co-operation based on the rule of law can deliver for the small occupied states located between the two global blocks, the liberal democratic world and the Soviet Union.

Just 12 years later, the three Baltic States re-joined the world of free and independent states. This was a victory for democracy and multilateral co-operation.

This year, Estonia celebrates the 40-year anniversary of the Baltic Appeal by taking responsibility we could not even dream about during occupation – becoming an elected member of the Security Council of the United Nations.

We took this responsibility because we care. We care about the weaker and the weakest among states and within societies. We care about those whose voice needs amplification by the multilateral world in order to be heard.

We care about nations facing genocide. We care about their women, their children.

We care about nations facing long term conflicts and suffering from terror. We care about their generations of boys for whom the only known profession is that of a soldier.

We care about nations facing extinction through the slow weapon of mass destruction – the climate catastrophe.

We care about nations facing famine, and famine-induced disturbances due to climate change.

We care about nations depending on this multilateral co-operation, based on the rule of law, which is the United Nations.

25.09.2019

 

News

Ambassadors of Greece, Japan, Cyprus and the Hashemite Kingdom Jordan presented credentials to the Estonian Head of State

Ambassadors of Greece, Japan, Cyprus and the Hashemite Kingdom Jordan presented credentials to the Estonian Head of State

President Kersti Kaljulaid was today presented with credentials by the Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic Emmanouil (Manolis) Apostolakis, the Ambassador of Japan Hajime Kitaoka, the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus Georgios Zodiatis and the Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Nawaf Wasfi Tell.

16.10.2019

 

President Kaljulaid invites heads of state of three Finno-Ugric peoples to attend world congress

President Kersti Kaljulaid today issued invitations to President Sauli Niinistö of Finland, President János Áder of Hungary and President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation to attend the 8th World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples being held in Tartu next summer.

The congress, which will take place at the Estonian National Museum from 17-19 June 2020, will focus not only on preserving and passing on language but also the impact of climate change on people and issues related to cultural innovation. “I am very pleased that next year’s World Congress is being held at the Estonian National Museum, whose permanent exhibition on Finno-Ugric peoples provides an overview of the rich heritage we share,” President Kaljulaid wrote in the invitation, adding that the congress represents a good opportunity to discuss the preservation of the cultural heritage of Finno-Ugric peoples in a changing world.

15.10.2019

 

President Kaljulaid to the President of Ireland: We support you every step of the way

President Kaljulaid to the President of Ireland: We support you every step of the way

President Kersti Kaljulaid met today with the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, to whom Estonia as a member of the EU, confirmed its solidarity and support for the Brexit negotiations.

11.10.2019