MEP introduces Estonia's UN ambitions to Arab League countries
Estonian MEP and former minister of foreign affairs Urmas Paet met with ambassadors to the United Nations of Arab League countries in order to present to them Estonia's candidacy to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2020-2021.
"We spoke about digital capabilities, cyber defense and security, Estonia's past and future, the Middle East, peacekeeping and humanitarian crises. The attitude of Arab League envoys towards Estonia's candidacy was positive but a lot of work must be done to ensure the result in 2019," Paet said on social media.
Spokespeople for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Paet is a member of the committee set up by Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, the aim of which is to support Estonia's campaign to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2020-2021. Committee members also include Hannes Astok, Hannes Hanso, Andres Herkel, Marina Kaljurand, Eerik Niiles Kross, Marko Mihkelson, Marianne Mikko, Lauri Malksoo, Mart Nutt, Andres Tarand and Linnar Viik.
Estonia wishes to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2020-2021.
"Being a member of the UN Security Council would give additional value for Estonia's security and in the future would grant the opportunity to play a greater role in international life," ministry spokespeople said.
Estonia put forward its candidacy for the Security Council in 2015. After the official campaign launch, the most active phase begins that will culminate with the election in June 2019 when all 193 UN member states cast their votes.
The non-permanent seats of the Security Council are distributed on a regional basis for a two-year term. There are five regional groups: Western European and other countries, Eastern European, Asia-pacific, Latin American and Caribbean, and African countries. Estonia belongs to the Eastern European group, which has one nonpermanent seat in the Security Council. Romania is also vying for the non-permanent seat at the same time as Estonia. Estonia has not been a member of the Security Council before, while Romania has been a member on four occasions.