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President Kaljulaid: Estonia and New Zealand are making active preparations for future challenges

President Kaljulaid: Estonia and New Zealand are making active preparations for future challenges
President Kaljulaid and prime minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern.
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“Estonia and New Zealand share similar values and are making active preparations for future challenges, ranging from digital society and artificial intellect to climate change,” said President Kersti Kaljulaid at her meeting with the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, in Auckland.

According to the President of the Republic, Estonia and New Zealand have various alternatives for co-operation and the exchange of experiences in the sphere of e-governance as well as gathering statistical information and building up digital society.

“New Zealand has actively run for the Security Council of the UN on seven occasions, the last time being in 2015-2016, when the aim was to highlight climate change as a security issue. Estonia, being a digital society, is interested in bringing cyber security issues into focus for the Security Council, and during this process we highly value the assistance provided to us by New Zealand in establishing relations with the island states of the region,” said President Kaljulaid following the meeting.

At the end of the meeting, the Estonian Head of State gave Prime Minister Ardern a present of Lotte and Bruno dolls. “I know that you recently had a daughter. Lotte sets a good example for Estonian girls, as she has never heard that, for example, girls should not equal to boys in judo, inventing machines or making a trip to the Moon,” explained President Kaljulaid.

The Estonian Head of State met today in Wellington with the Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy, to discuss the role of New Zealand at the head of the fight against climate change and the experiences Estonia gained during the process of building up a digital society.

Yesterday, President Kersti Kaljulaid met with the Minister of Digital Services of New Zealand, Megan Woods, to discuss co-operation between our countries in the digital sphere and also met with the diplomatic representatives of the Pacific island countries to introduce the aims of Estonia’s candidacy to the UN Security Council.

President Kaljulaid will continue her visit in the United States of America where she will give a presentation in Detroit, at the Global Cities Summit City Lab, meet with Michael Bloomberg, and in New York, where she will meet with Secretary General of UN, António Guterres, the ambassadors of the Francophonie countries and the African Union. President Kaljulaid will also give a presentation at Columbia University and visit the New York Estonian School.

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