Tallinn, Estonia

16 November 2013

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meetings during his visit to Estonia

During his visit to Estonia, the Secretary-General met with the President, H.E. Mr. Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Andrus Ansip, Foreign Minister, H.E. Mr Urmas Paet, and other senior Estonian officials.

The Secretary-General and his interlocutors discussed a range of global issues of mutual concern, as well as UN-Estonian cooperation. The Secretary-General thanked the Estonian leadership for the country’s steadfast contributions to the work of the United Nations and congratulated Estonia on its role in the Human Rights Council.

The Secretary-General commended his interlocutors for Estonia’s leadership in the area of information communications and technology as well as for the emphasis that the country places on internet freedom and the promotion of e-governance development worldwide.

The Secretary-General also encouraged the Estonian leadership to share the country’s positive experiences with democratic transition with those countries around the world facing challenges in their own respective quests for democracy.

They also discussed the crisis in Syria and efforts to find a political solution to the conflict. The Secretary-General and his Estonian interlocutors further exchanged views on European Union's Eastern Partnership, the prospects for Afghanistan post-2014 and protracted conflicts in Europe. They also discussed the importance of youth participation, women's empowerment and the process of crafting the post-2015 Development Agenda. They also discussed efforts to tackle climate change.