Posts tagged as UN

UN General Assembly adopts Latvia-sponsored resolution on fighting disinformation

Sunday, March 28, 2021

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Thursday adopted a resolution, Global Media and Information Literacy Week, which was drafted and co-sponsored by Latvia together with a number of other like-minded countries, LETA was told at the Foreign Ministry. UN member states approved the resolution unanimously, with 96 out of UN member states co-signing the document. The ministry indicated that the initiative is a continuation of Latvia’s last year’s efforts…

Latvian candidate for UN post endorsed by all three Baltic states

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Dr. Mārtiņš Paparinskis has been nominated for election to the International Law Commission (ILC) for the term 2023-2027, the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said February 24. The elections will be held at the United Nations General Assembly in November 2021. Mārtiņš Paparinskis is the first candidate from the Baltic States to seek to join the International Law Commission. “Dr. Mārtiņš Paparinskis has an extensive academic and practical experience in the field of…

Lithuania abstains in UN vote against Israeli ‘nuclear weapons’

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Lithuania was among 25 countries to abstain in a UN vote that called on Israel to “renounce possession of nuclear weapons”. According to the Jerusalem Post, an Israeli daily, the country “is presumed to be one of the world’s nine nuclear powers, but it has never admitted to the possession of nuclear weapons”. In the 153-6 vote on Monday, UN member states called on Israel to sign the Treaty on the…

Estonia to support Ukraine during its presidency of UN Security Council in May

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba agreed on Estonia’s support for Ukraine’s positions and interests in the framework of Estonia’s presidency of the UN Security Council in May 2020. Kuleba discussed this issue during a phone conversation with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Urmas Reinsalu on Monday evening, according to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry’s press service. “The parties agreed to make efforts to counter the spread by Russia of distorted…

UN Security Council hosts coronavirus security discussion

Friday, April 10, 2020

The UN Security Council (UNSC) held a discussion Thursday on the COVID-19 and its potential effects on peace and security. Estonia is a non-permanent UNSC member for 2020-2021. “Estonia has driven the conversation on the UNSC on how it should address the rapid spread of coronavirus, and resulting instability which could affect international peace and stability,” foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) said, according to a ministry press release. “Yesterday’s meeting…

Isis starting to reassert itself in Middle East heartlands, UN warns

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Islamic State has begun to reassert itself in its heartlands in the Middle East and continues to seek opportunities to strike in the west, the United Nations has warned. A report to the UN security council based on recent intelligence from member states describes how the group is mounting increasingly bold insurgent attacks in Iraq and Syria, calling and planning for the breakout of its fighters from detention facilities and…

Estonia joins UN Security Council, cybersecurity a priority

Friday, January 3, 2020

The Estonian flag has been raised at the UN Security Council in the US, where the Baltic country has been elected to serve as the non-permanent member in 2020 and 2021. “Unprecedented visibility and experience” are the key motivators for the presidency, Estonian Foreign Minsitry undersecretary Paul Teesalu told ERR. “Membership would provide invaluable experience and know-how. We saw this benefit with our ally, Lithuania, which was a member of…

Kaljulaid discusses UN Security Council at Warsaw Leaders’ Forum

Friday, December 13, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid participated in the Leaders’ Forum in Warsaw on Thursday during an official visit to Poland where she also met with President Andrej Duda. The two heads of state participated forum and discussed Polish and Estonian goals in the UN Security Council. Duda gave Kaljulaid a symbolic baton of membership in the group of the Eastern European on the UN Security Council. Poland was elected member of the…

Brazil at risk of losing vote in UN General Assembly

Friday, December 6, 2019

There are risks that because of failure to pay its debts to the United Nations Organization, Brazil could lose its voting rights in the UN General Assembly, Reuters reports. Brazil has the second biggest debt to the UN after USA – its debt is USD 415.8 million. The country needs to pay USD 126.6 million before the end of 2019 or it may lose its voting rights in the UN.…

Estonian MEP: UN needs strong, united EU

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Estonian MEP Urmas Paet along with a delegation of the European Parliament’s committee on foreign affairs met with Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres in New York on Monday. Paet said that the meeting focused on challenges faced by the UN. “Both the UN and the European Union have always been advocates of multilateralism and international cooperation,” Paet said. “This is also why we noted at the meeting with Guterres that in…