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Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and Sven Mikser, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will participate in the opening week of the UN General Assembly

23. September 2018 - 8:40

Stenbock House, Tallinn, 23 September 2018 – Today, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and Sven Mikser, Minister of Foreign Affairs, are headed to New York to participate in the opening week events of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly with heads of states and governments, ministers, and representatives of international organisations from all over the world.


In New York, the Prime Minister will first meet with the local Estonian community at the Estonian House. According to Ratas, on the 100th anniversary of Estonia, it is particularly important to find the time to speak with local Estonians during foreign visits. “I find it admirable how the Estonians who live abroad have made an effort to keep in touch with Estonia, its language and culture, and are showing lively interest in Estonia’s well-being and the development of its society,” Ratas noted.


Tomorrow, on 24 September, the prime minister will participate in a peace summit which is held in honour of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. Representatives from more than 140 states and international organisations will confirm their commitment to maintaining Mandela’s legacy and promise to stand up for global peace, prevent and solve conflicts, and rigorously protect human rights. More information about the peace summit is available at https://www.un.org/pga/73/event-detail/nelson-mandela-peace-summit/. The event will begin at 4.30 p.m. in Estonian time and a live broadcast is available at http://webtv.un.org/.


Ratas will also meet with Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia, Taneti Maamau, President of Kiribati, and Abdelkader Messahel, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria.


Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will be back in Estonia on 25 September to participate at the Holy Mass presided over by Pope Francis at the Freedom Square and accompany the Pope to Tallinn Airport for a flight to Rome.


Meetings of the minister of foreign affairs


At the UN General Assembly, Sven Mikser, Minister of Foreign Affairs, is scheduled to meet with foreign ministers of various states, participate in opening week events, and introduce the Estonian candidacy for a non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council.


Tomorrow, on 24 September, the minister of foreign affairs will participate on a high-level political forum on the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and funding, where representatives of states will discuss how to achieve the goals of sustainable development in partnership with the private sector.


After that, Mikser will participate in a meeting for ministers of foreign affairs of the European Union, where they will discuss the subjects of Libya and Syria. UN representatives from Libya and Syria will also take part in the discussion.


Monday will end with a traditional reception of the president of the USA.


On Tuesday, 25 September, the minister of foreign affairs will participate in a discussion on reforming the UN peacekeeping to modernise peacekeeping operations.


On Tuesday evening, Mikser is invited to a transatlantic meeting to discuss the subjects of Syria, Iran, China, and North Korea, the Russian-Ukrainian war, and issues regarding energy and trade.


During the week, the minister of foreign affairs will also meet with several colleagues and representatives from many countries and organisations.


Further information:


Triin Oppi
Media Adviser to the Government of Estonia (meetings of the prime minister)
+372 502 5120 / triin.oppi[at]riigikantselei[dot]ee


Armo Vask
Media Adviser of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia (meetings of the foreign minister)
+372 5666 8581 / armo.vask[at]mfa[dot]ee 

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