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President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid in UNGA: small countries have no time for small objectives

Riigikõne ÜRO peaassambeel.
Adress at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly.
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“Small countries have no time for small objectives – our aim is, among other issues, to bring all things digital to the UN and to the Security Council. We want to offer our perspective to make sure that human beings remain safe in this new world where cyber related threats compound with conventional ones,“ said president of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid in a speech to the 193-nation UN General Assembly.

President Kaljulaid focused in her speech on empathy, equality and efficiency – the keywords of the candidacy of the Estonia`s campaign for becoming a non-permanent member of UN security council for 2020 to 2021.

Kaljulaid stressed that Estonia stands in solidarity with all those affected by conflict, terrorism and violent extremism. “We reach out with humanitarian aid, practical assistance and peacekeepers, from Africa to Middle East. We do what we can, yet it feels like it is never enough,” she added.

“We are all equal in this General Assembly hall and the role of the UN is to provide this equality, as a guarantor of the rules-based global system. We depend on each other,“ she said adding that progress is possible not through polarization, fragmentation or tribalism but through the force of debate and seeking common solutions.

President Kaljulaid concluded by pointing out that in terms of efficiency nothing is more important than truly effective multilateralism. “Due to its inclusiveness, this organization holds great legitimacy. And due to its high standards, a moral force. Therefore, international law should be the primary yardstick of national interest,” she said emphasizing as well the need to reform the Security Council.

Full speech in english can be found here.

Office of the President of Estonia
Communications Department