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President Kaljulaid met with UN Secretary General António Guterres

President Kersti Kaljulaid met today in New York with UN Secretary General António Guterres to discuss issues concerning the security of countries worldwide, including cyber security and climate change.

“The impact of climate change is a threat to the survival of whole countries and nations,” said President Kersti Kaljulaid to the UN Secretary General. According to the Head of State, it is very important to discuss, within the context of climate, the use of green energy and increasing energy efficiency, as these are the very tools that contribute to decreasing the volume of CO2 that reaches the atmosphere.

According to President Kaljulaid, Estonia is currently in the process of implementing several projects all around the world, both bilaterally and in co-operation with the UN, which help developing countries pinpoint the most suitable digital solutions: the construction of digital registers on the Caribbean and Oceania islands, the development of digital society in Africa and Asia, and many other endeavours. “As Estonia is helping many countries develop digital country and society, we also feel responsible for laying down acknowledged global rules to help secure cyber security. This is also one of the reasons why Estonia established its candidacy for the position of a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council,” added the President of the Republic.

UN reforms launched by António Guterres and possible ways to make the activities of the UN more transparent, effective and easier to measure were also discussed. President Kaljulaid confirmed that as a co-chair of the Every Woman, Every Child (EWEC) movement, one of her objectives involves finding better methods for benchmarking its activities to ensure the enhanced efficiency of projects aimed at improving the health of women and children and allowing them to rely on accurate and realistic data.

The Head of State also met in New York with the representatives of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) and Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) at the UN to discuss possible co-operation in the digital sphere and to introduce Estonia’s candidacy for the UN Security Council.

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