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.

Permanent Representative

Sven Jürgenson United Nations Permanent Representative of Estonia H.E. Mr. Sven Jürgenson is the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Estonia to the United Nations since August 2015.

Ambassador Sven Jürgenson was born in Tartu in 1962. He graduated from the information processing department of Tallinn Polytechnic Institute and completed the diplomacy and consular affairs course at the International Institute of Public Administration in Paris in 1992.

He joined the Estonian Foreign Service in 1991 and has worked at Estonian Embassies in Helsinki and Vienna. From 1998 to 2000, Sven Jürgenson was the Estonian Ambassador to the UN, and from 2000 to 2003 Jürgenson served as the Ambassador to the United States, Canada and Mexico. From 2003 to 2006, he was the undersecretary for political affairs of the Estonian Foreign Ministry and from 2006 to 2010 worked at the Chancellery of the President of Estonia as the foreign policy advisor.

Most recently, from 2010 until August 2015 Sven Jürgenson was Estonia´s Ambassador to France and since 2011 also Ambassador to Monaco and from 2014 as well to Tunisia. The Permanent Representative speaks English, German, French, Finnish and Russian. He is married and has three children.