Rene Kokk to represent Estonia at meeting of UN Security Council

Today 24 July, Minister of the Environment Rene Kokk will be representing Estonia at a virtual meeting of the UN Security Council on climate issues and will be inviting countries to work together to develop renewable energy technologies.

Germany, which currently holds the presidency of the Security Council, aims to raise climate and security issues more broadly, with today’s meeting designed to more clearly bring them to the table. Organising the event alongside Germany are Estonia, Belgium, the Dominican Republic, France, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia, Vietnam, and the United Kingdom. The high-level meeting will be chaired by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

Rene Kokk says that green solutions form an important part of a stable and peaceful security environment, which is why investments need to be made in sustainable technology in order to alleviate the impact of climate change.

“Estonia is moving towards developing carbon and other renewable energy technology solutions, as well as other innovative approaches,” he explained. “At the meeting, I want to invite all countries to work together and share best practice with Estonia and other international partners.”

Estonia’s long-term climate strategy stipulates the promotion of the development of innovative technologies, products and services that reduce emissions. A number of the objectives Estonia has set itself for 2030 go beyond those agreed at the EU level. For example, by that time the plan is to have reduced total emissions of greenhouse gases in the country by 70% compared to 1990. Estonia is currently also ranked sixth among EU Member States in terms of the renewable energy it consumes, with the aim here being to increase this to 42% by 2030.

The live broadcast of the meeting can be followed online (starting at 17:00 (Estonian time / 10 AM NYC time) at http://webtv.un.org/live/