General Statement at the Second UN High Level Conference on South-South Cooperation

Excellencies, Distinguished Heads of States and Governments, Ministers, Ladies and Gentlemen!

Firstly, let me thank Argentina for hosting the Second United Nations High Level Conference on South-South Cooperation. Thank you also for a warm welcome here in Buenos Aires.

South-South cooperation has just reached an important milestone – 40 years since the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries. At the time, it created a milestone platform for sharing experiences between developing countries.

We can even say, it was an innovative endeavour. But we have come a long way since 1978. We acknowledge that many countries have similar development concerns, circumstances and contexts – historical, political, economic, environmental and social. Therefore, South-South and triangular cooperation have become an inseparable part of the bigger development cooperation architecture.

When it comes to my own country, Estonia, we were a newly independent country in transition just 30 years ago. Exactly at the situation many developing countries find themselves today. We were struggling to find our way to create a better future for our people.

We are very grateful for our partners and like-minded democracies for all their support they gave us. Learning from other´s experiences was useful, but the key to success was finding our own solutions according to our own needs and own challenges.

We believe that innovation and digitalization have a crucial role in achieving sustainable development goals more rapidly. This is why Estonia particularly appreciates the reference to the application of ICT within the outcome document of this Conference. Of course, there is also another side of digitalization – cybersecurity - that we have to tackle all countries together, including in the UN, and particularly in UN security council.




President Kaljulaid is on a two-day work visit to Argentina

Today and tomorrow, President Kersti Kaljulaid will be on work visit to Buenos Aires to give a presentation at a UN conference and meet with the President of Argentina and the leader of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Her itinerary also includes a number of bilateral meetings with various heads of state to discuss Estonia’s candidacy to the UN Security Council.



Estonia to share its e-governance know-how

Estonia to share its e-governance know-how

Estonia is establishing a Global Digital Society Fund to export its e-governance solutions on a global scale. The fund is initiated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and will be managed by Enterprise Estonia in the form of e-Estonia Briefing Centre.



President Kaljulaid discussed security issues in Washington with Speaker Pelosi

President Kaljulaid discussed security issues in Washington with Speaker Pelosi

President Kaljulaid, who is on a work visit to the United States of America, met late last evening with the speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, to discuss security and defence co-operation issues, the situation in Ukraine, hybrid threats and co-operation between the two countries.