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President Kaljulaid on two-day working visit to New York

08.04.2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid is on a two-day working visit to New York in the United States of America, during which she will be opening the Louis Kahn exhibition at the United Nations headquarters, speaking at an event in support of the Arvo Pärt Centre and meeting with representatives of Arab states and French-speaking African countries to discuss Estonia’s candidacy for the UN Security Council.

Today the Head of State will be speaking at an event organised by the Arvo Pärt Centre and the Consulate General of Estonia in New York at which she will be talking to local entrepreneurs and supporters of culture about Estonia and the country’s digital state. Thereafter President Kaljulaid and guests will be visiting the newly opened art centre The Shed, among whose opening-week exhibitions is the visual performance ‘Reich, Richter, Pärt’. Two works will be performed at the exhibition which bring together visual art and live music, one of which will feature a live performance of the choral music of Arvo Pärt accompanied by the paintings of artist Gerhard Richter.

Tomorrow the Head of State will be opening an exhibition dedicated to the work of Louis Kahn (who was born in Estonia and wrote himself into the annals of world architecture) entitled ‘From Island to Island – the Creative Journey of Louis Kahn’ at the headquarters of the United Nations.

President Kaljulaid will also be meeting with representatives of Arab states and French-speaking African countries, to whom she will be outlining Estonia’s plans and gathering support for the country’s candidacy to be a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council from 2020-2021. The 193 member states of the UN will be voting on Estonia’s candidacy in early June. The country must receive 129 votes in favour and beats its rival for the seat, Romania, in order to become a non-permanent member of the council.

The Head of State will be returning to Estonia on Tuesday night.