Estonian ForMin's sec-gen underscores need for continued support to Ukraine in UN

  • 2022-11-14
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Deputy secretary general for global affairs at the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mart Volmer was on a visit to New York from Nov. 10 to 11 where the main topics discussed at meetings with representatives of the United Nations were support to Ukraine, ensuring food security and cyber security.

Volmer also discussed at his meetings in New York the implementation of the UN sustainable development goals and progress in the reform of the United Nations, which Estonia has been supporting for years.

Speaking about the situation in Ukraine, the ministry's deputy secretary general underscored that by supporting Ukraine together with other UN members, we're defending the rules-based world order and the UN Charter.

"The vote taken at the UN General Assembly in October where 143 states voted in support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine shows how alone Russia is in the international arena," he noted.

Volmer said that Estonia continues fighting the propaganda and false narratives spread by the Russian Federation at every level, including in the United Nations.

"As an elected member of the UN Security Council in 2020-2021, we steadfastly stood for compliance with the UN Charter and the international law, including in the cyber space, and we continue firmly standing for it today as well as in the future," he said.

The deputy secretary general took part in a total of 13 meetings, including with UN Deputy Secretary General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu, Assistant Secretary General for Europe, Central Asia and Americas in the UN Department of Political Affairs Miroslav Jenca, Assistant Secretary General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Regner and several states' ambassadors to the UN.

Volmer underlined at the meetings the need to protect the multilateral world order.

"Global challenges require global solutions," Volmer said, adding that as a member of the UN, Estonia has been contributing for years to ensuring security and mitigating humanitarian crises in crisis areas.