Statement by Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu at the event “Alliance for Multilateralism: Building the Network and Presenting Results”

26.09.2019 - Speech

Ministers, Excellencies and dear friends,

Estonia’s support for the UN and other multilateral organizations is based on the experience that many problems can be solved, or solved better together rather than bilaterally or single-handedly.

Multilateral cooperation produces global public goods, such as better health, security and knowledge. At the regional level European Union is a living example of what states can achieve together. Globally multilateral diplomacy has led to such transformative outcomes like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or Sustainable Development Goals.

The multilateral system in its current form, which has served us so well, is facing challenges from various fronts. We should stand against attempts to undermine international norms, not least these of the human rights. We need to cooperate especially there where new threats require new consensus.

In this context international cooperation in cybersecurity is particularly relevant. Estonia would like to raise awareness, as the incoming member of the UN Security Council, about implementing norms of responsible state behavior, international law and regional confidence building measures in cyberspace.

I look forward to working with all of you together in the near future.

Thank you!