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 at the UN Security Council 2020-2021

  • Estonia won a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021
  • Estonia, a first time candidate, believes that all UN members should have the opportunity to participate in creating stability and security through Security Council membership.
  • Estonia, a small country, will bring a small state perspective and act as an advocate for their common interests in the activities of the Security Council.
  • Estonia, an innovative nation, is committed to sharing  its experience and best practices in efficient governance and creative e-solutions.
  • Estonia will strive towards greater accountability, coherence, and transparency of the Council’s activities through increased inclusiveness and targeted action.
  • Estonia underscores that conflict prevention needs more attention and resources within the UN system, and will work towards increased Security Council efforts dedicated to this end.
  • Estonia advocates responsibility, a key premise for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals that are vital to drive economic growth, eradicate poverty and preserve the environment.
  • Estonia believes that everyone has the right to respect and dignity, and will continue to actively participate in peacekeeping, invest in development and provide humanitarian aid.

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