We must bring what is happening in Belarus to the world’s attention and hear from those on the ground. Briefers on #BYHumanRights: UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Anaïs Marin; Belarusian opposition presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya; Vice-Chairman of the Viasna Human Rights Center, Valiantsin Stefanovic; Legal Expert for the Belarusian Association of Journalists, Volha Siakhovich. The meeting is chaired by Urmas Reinsalu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia. The meeting was initiated by Estonia and co-sponsored by UN Security Council members the United States and United Kingdom, as well as Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Ukraine.

Estonia’s membership and experts in UN bodies

Estonia’s membership in the UN bodies

  • Vice-Chair of the Fifth Committee, UNGA73, until September 2019
  • Rapporteur of the Second Committee, UNGA73, until September 2019
  • Member of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), 2017-2021
  • Vice-Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), 2018-2019
  • Member of the UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (CNGO), 2019-2022
  • Member of the UN Refugee Agency’s Executive Committee (UNHCR ExCom) since 2007, membership termless
  • Member of the Bureau of the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects (Regular Process), 2016-2020 (Law of the Sea)
  • Co-chair of the of The Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects (Regular Process), since 2018
  • UN Security Council, non-permanent member 2020-2021

Estonia’s main upcoming candidacies

  • UNICEF Executive Board, member 2020-2022
  • UN General Assembly Vice-President 2022-2023
  • UN General Assembly President 2052

Most important recent memberships

  • Chair of the Second Committee, UNGA72
  • Vice-Chair of the First Committee, UNGA72
  • ECOSOC, member in 2015-2017
  • Vice-Chair of ECOSOC, UNGA70
  • UNESCO Executive Board, member 2013-2017
  • Peacebuilding Commission, member 2017
  • President of UNICEF Executive Board, 2016
  • UNICEF Executive Board, member 2014-2016

Estonian experts in UN Experts Groups