An emergency situation has been declared in Estonia due to the pandemic spread of the coronavirus in the world.

From 17 March there will be a temporary restriction on entry to Estonia for foreign nationals who do not hold an Estonian residence permit or right of residence, or have family members in Estonia. Foreigners are allowed to transit Estonia on the way to their home country if they do not show symptoms of COVID-19. At the border control travel documents and medical symptoms will be checked.There are no restrictions on exiting the country.

We care about your and everyone’s health. For this reason and in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus and flu, we kindly ask you to seriously consider whether coming to the representation is essential, and refrain from doing so if you are not feeling well, suspect that you or a family member has become infected, or you or a family member has been in an area of the coronavirus epidemic in the past 14 days. Thank you for your understanding!

In addition to previous measures, restrictions on movement are in force in Estonia from 14 March in line with the emergency situation.

On 17 March 2020, applications for Schengen visas and long-stay visas to Estonia can no longer be submitted at representations and visa centres of external service providers. This also applies to Schengen visa applications that are processed by Estonia on behalf of another member state.

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The connection between climate change and the international security environment

International security is increasingly affected by issues with a geographic background that extends beyond state borders. Climate change and the concomitant rise in global sea levels threatens to submerge small island states, the fight for natural resources feeds conflicts in regions such as the African Great Lakes region. Resolving these issues requires coordinated cooperation between states across the world.

Climate change has a direct effect on the preservation of the territories of several states, and the provision of water and food to many regions. Natural disasters and extreme weather events can bring on widespread migration, cause impoverishment, and increase pressure on the use of natural resources in a way that would also make the international security situation more precarious.

Debates on the effect of climate change on international security have also began in the context of the Security Council, with some Security Council resolutions already explicitly mentioning the condition of the climate as a factor that affects international peace and security. To understand the connection between climate change and the security environment (including in specific regions), in-depth analysis on knowledge accumulated so far is required, and the information must be available to the UN, its agencies and member states.

We consider it important for the Secretary-General of the UN to pay increasing attention to the links between the international security situation and climate change. To this end, we support the continuation of discussions at the Security Council, including with the aim of expanding the mandate of the UN Secretary-General in this area..