Estonia takes over the UN Security Council presidency

From 1 May, Estonia will hold the presidency of the UN Security Council for a month. Estonia plans to pay particular attention to the connections between the COVID-19 pandemic and the security environment, cybersecurity, the fundamental principles of international law, including the protection of civilians, and increasing the transparency of the Security Council during the crisis.

“The Security Council continues to work through the coronavirus crisis. When we became an elected member of the Security Council in January, we had no idea that in only a few months, the world would be dealing with one of the greatest crisis since the Second World War. This makes being at the head of the UN Security Council at this time an even greater responsibility but we are ready for it,” Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said.

According to the foreign minister, the global pandemic has an impact on peace and security across the world. As the President, it is our goal to make sure that the Security Council focuses on threats related to COVID-19. In order to defeat the pandemic, it is crucial to support the UN Secretary-General’s call for a global ceasefire, continue peacekeeping missions and ensure full access to humanitarian aid in crisis areas.

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