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The President of the Republic spoke about the development cooperation at a UN round-table meeting

President Arnold Rüütel on Thursday, September 15, in New York participated in a round-table meeting devoted to the UN development cooperation and delivered a speech.

On Thursday morning, President Rüütel participated in a discussion "Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria" led by Owen Seymour Arthur, Prime Minister of Barbados. The discussion served as a part of the preparation for a Global Summit on AIDS scheduled to be held in 2006.

After that, the President of the Republic participated in the work of a round-table chaired by the President of the Republic of Poland, Aleksander Kwasniewski. In the speech delivered at that meeting, President Rüütel spoke about the development challenges the UN has to confront and the Estonian contribution to the international development cooperation. "The time has shown that Estonia's experience in setting up democratic institutions, implementing economic reforms and inclusion of the civil society in public life and decision-making process could be of assistance to other countries. This is the reason why Estonia in its development cooperation has focused primarily on countries in which these processes have just started and need support," the head of Estonian state said.

President Rüütel pointed out the importance of linking human rights more closely to overall UN activities, and stressed that only joint efforts of all the member states allow us to accomplish upcoming tasks and establish a firm foundation for a performing UN and for the development of its members. "Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted five years ago set us guidelines how to reduce poverty and inequality in the world. Our constant effort is necessary to accomplish the goals. I would like to stress that activities to achieve the Millennium Development Goals should be ecologically, socially and economically sustainable," the head of Estonian state said in the speech delivered at the round-table meeting.

In the afternoon, President Rüütel attended a reception held by President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa. Today, the Head of State will also deliver a speech at the 60th Session of the UN General Assembly and will present the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana to George H. W. Bush, the former President of the United States of America.

Public Relations Unit of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, September 15, 2005

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