Permanent Mission of Estonia in Geneva :: Kõned ja artiklid http://genf.vm.ee/est est http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss WiseCMS 2.0 hille.lepp@vm.ee hille.lepp@vm.ee Eesti sõnavõtt 2017.a. autonoomsete surmavate relvasüsteemide valitsusekspertide plenaariumil riikidevahelise arvamuste vahetusel tuleviku teemal http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1790 <font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>2017 Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>Intervention by ESTONIA</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>Item 5: General exchange of views : The way ahead</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;'>Genf, 16 november 2017</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>&nbsp;</span></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>Thank you, Mr Chairman!</span></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>Estonia has carefully considered the views expressed during this meeting by the distinguished representative of states and civil society organisations. We thank all of the participants for their thoughtful interventions. We extend our special thanks to the states that prepared working papers and to the chair for his leadership and guidance.</span></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>Estonia firmly believes that any weapon system, irrespective of its level of autonomy, must only be used in strict compliance with international law, in particular international humanitarian law. States must ensure that the weapon systems that they develop or acquire are capable of being used consistently with their obligations under international law, and are indeed so used in practice.</span></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>In terms of the way forward, Estonia makes the following observations:</span></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>A number of states have indicated the significance of maintaining meaningful human control over weapon systems or exercising appropriate levels of human judgment. It is not entirely clear, however, what these phrases means to individual states. Thus, Estonia would support a further discussion where states and civil society organisations would more fully express their views as to what is required in order for a weapon system to be considered as being under meaningful human control.</span></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>A number of states have highlighted the importance of conducting legal reviews of new weapons as an implementation mechanism of IHL. Estonia would support a further discussion on best practices of weapon reviews, especially as concerns technologically complex weapon systems.</span></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>&nbsp;</span></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>Estonia believes that a GGE of the CCW is the best forum for conducting these discussions.</span></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>Thank you, Mr Chairman!</span></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:47:36 GMT http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1790 Eesti soovitused Sri Lankale kolmandas UPR tsüklis http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1788 <p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Universal Periodic Review of Sri Lanka</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>15 November 2017<br style="mso-special-character: line-break;"><br style="mso-special-character: line-break;"></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Intervention by the delegation of Estonia</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Estonia welcomes the delegation of Sri Lanka to its 3<sup>rd</sup> UPR cycle and we thank them for the presentation of the national report.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We take note of the efforts by the government of Sri Lanka in the promotion and protection of human rights in collaboration with the relevant UN human rights bodies, and the standing invitation issued to all special procedures. We welcome the recently finalised National Human Rights Action Plan 2017-2021, which was reviewed in light of the UPR voluntary pledges and previously received recommendations. We commend Sri Lanka for the efforts to ensure that the commitments under the UN HRC Resolution 30/1 and 34/1 are met and encourage further steps in this regard. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Estonia would like to make the following <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">recommendations</b>:</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><ul style="list-style-type: disc; direction: ltr;"><li style="color: windowtext; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='color: windowtext; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt;'>Take comprehensive measures to ensure that the alleged war crimes and other human rights violations committed during the internal conflict are investigated and prosecuted with the aim to end impunity;</span><p style="color: black; line-height: 150%; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;"><font size="3"> </font></p></span><p style="color: black; line-height: 150%; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;"></p></li><li style='color: windowtext; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;'><p style='color: black; line-height: 150%; font-family: "Aller",sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;'><span lang="EN-GB" style='color: windowtext; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Review the anti-terrorist legislation in order to bring it in line with international standards;</span></p></li><li style='color: windowtext; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;'><p style='color: black; line-height: 150%; font-family: "Aller",sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;'><span lang="EN-GB" style='color: windowtext; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.</span></p></li></ul><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Estonia wishes Sri Lanka success in implementing these measures.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Thank you. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:45:28 GMT http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1788 Eesti sõnavõtt Rohingyade kriisi panustamiskonverentsil http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1786 <font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style='color: black; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Pledging Conference in response to the Rohingya Refugee Crisis</font></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style='color: black; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><b><span style='color: black; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></b><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style='color: black; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Statement by </font></span></b></p><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style='color: black; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><br></font></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style='color: black; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">H.E. Mr. Andre PUNG </font></span></b></p><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style='color: black; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><br></font></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style='color: black; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Ambassador, Permanent Representative </font></span></b></p><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style='color: black; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><br></font></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">of the Republic of Estonia<span style="color: black; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;"> </span></font></font></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style='color: black; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style='color: black; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Genf</font></span></b><b><span style='color: black; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">, 23 oktoober 2017</font></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Thank you, Chair.</font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><span lang="EN-GB">Please allow me to start by thanking co-hosts the European Union and the Government of Kuwait and the organisers - OCHA, IOM and UNHCR - for this very timely Pledging Conference. Estonia would also like to extend its gratitude to the speakers this morning for sharing their insights on the worrying situation of the Rohingya Refugee Crisis. The violence in Rakhine state has </span><span style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US;">triggered the largest and swiftest refugee exodus witnessed in the region in recent decades.</span> <span lang="EN-GB">In this context, we commend the hospitality and generosity of the people and the government of Bangladesh in welcoming and assisting the Rohingya refugees. </span></font></font></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><span lang="EN-GB">The humanitarian situation </span><span style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US;">at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh</span><span style="color: red;"> </span><span lang="EN-GB">is deeply worrying. <span style="color: black;">The speed and scale of the influx has caused a critical humanitarian emergency and urgent needs: without a rapid, comprehensive response, we risk significant harm and loss of life. The Rohingya face </span>serious health risks, including disease outbreaks like cholera and acute diarrhoea. Yet, it is also to be kept in mind that </span><span style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US;">hundreds of thousands of people still remain in Rakhine state in very worrying circumstances. Estonia emphasizes the need to grant unhampered access to humanitarian actors in order to address the humanitarian needs in Rakhine state. </span><span lang="EN-GB">The human suffering of the Rohingya must <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><u>not</u></i> be ignored and it is crucial that the obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law are upheld and respected. </span><span style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US;">Addressing the root causes must be a priority</span><span lang="EN-GB"> and the violence needs to stop immediately. We also </span><span style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US;">encourage all sides to implement the recommendations made by the </span><span lang="EN-GB">Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, chaired by Kofi Annan.</span></font></font><span lang="EN-GB" style='color: rgb(62, 62, 62); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Praxis LT Regular"; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'> </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Mister Chairperson, allow me to address in particular our deep concern about the most vulnerable groups – women and children, including unaccompanied minors, who have been particularly affected by the violence. Atrocities such as sexual exploitation and abuse, and gender-based violence must halt immediately. Women and children constitute around 80% of the Rohingya refugee population in Bangladesh. In this context and considering the acute protection needs, protection of people must be put at the very centre of the response to the crisis. We also note with concern that the Rohingya refugees are particularly vulnerable as most of them are stateless refugees. </font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">We commend the swift actions so far of the first hand responders, under the leadership of the Government of Bangladesh. Providing aid and assistance in particular in the areas of shelter, infrastructure, WASH and enabling access to basic services is an important lifeline for the Rohingya. However, allow me to emphasise that effective coordination of aid efforts is paramount in such fast-growing and large-scale crises. The coordination efforts must be stepped up and the roles and responsibilities of responders must be clarified in order to respond most efficiently.</font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Although there are <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><u>no</u></i> humanitarian solutions to humanitarian crises, the worsening of the situation and a further humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Bangladesh can be averted through humanitarian assistance. The international community <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><u>can</u></i> do more by stepping up their efforts in support of the Rohingya refugees. Estonia is committed to contributing to improving the humanitarian situation of the Rohingya in Bangladesh and has dispersed <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><u>50’000 EUR through UNHCR</u></i> in order to alleviate the alarming needs.</font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Thank you.</font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:20:44 GMT http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1786 Eesti soovitused Argentiinale kolmandas UPR tsüklis http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1784 <font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Universal Periodic Review of the </span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Argentine Republic</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>6 november 2017<br> Intervention by the delegation of Estonia</span></b></p><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'><br></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="right" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: right;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span lang="ET"><font face="Calibri" size="3">Check against delivery!</font></span></i></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Estonia warmly welcomes the delegation of Argentina to its third UPR. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We welcome efforts by the Government for the prevention and eradication of gender based and domestic violence, especially the adoption of the first National Action Plan for Prevention, Protection, Assistance and Eradication of Violence against Women <span style="background: lightgrey; mso-highlight: lightgrey;">2017-2019</span>. <span style="background: lightgrey; mso-highlight: lightgrey;">Furthermore, we note the efforts of Argentina to reduce maternal mortality and to improve the accessibility of services related to sexual and reproductive rights, and encourage the Government to continue this progress.</span> </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We further welcome the setting up of the Indigenous Peoples’ Advisory and Participatory Council, and the establishment of the National Health Programme for Indigenous Peoples <span style="background: lightgrey; mso-highlight: lightgrey;">with the aim of reducing inequalities in the health status of indigenous peoples and reducing morbidity and mortality among the indigenous population</span>. <span style="background: lightgrey; mso-highlight: lightgrey;">We remain concerned about the acts of retaliation, intimidation and threats against human rights defenders and members of indigenous peoples, and we urge Argentina to take all necessary means to protect them.</span> </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>The poor conditions of the detention centres in Argentina remains a concern and in this context, we urge the Government to take steps to reduce the overcrowding and guarantee fundamental needs of persons detained. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Finally, we would like to recommend to the Government of Argentina to:</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><ol style="list-style-type: decimal; direction: ltr;"><li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;"><p style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 150%; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>allocate adequate budgetary resources for the effective implementation of National Action Plan <span style="background: lightgrey; mso-highlight: lightgrey;">for Prevention, Protection, Assistance and Eradication</span> of Violence against Women and to ensure that sufficient safe shelters for women are available;</span></p></li><li style='color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;'><p style='text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;'><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>ensure that indigenous peoples are fully involved in the process of legislative or administrative measures that could affect indigenous peoples, and that projects affecting them would be subjected to <span style="background: lightgrey; mso-highlight: lightgrey;">a process of</span> prior consultation;</span></p></li><li style='color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;'><p style='text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;'><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>establish a national mechanism for the prevention of torture as set out in the OP-CAT.</span></p></li></ol><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Estonia wishes the delegation a successful review meeting.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Thank you!</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:09:14 GMT http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1784 Eesti soovitused Ukrainale kolmandas UPR tsüklis http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1783 <font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt;'>Universal Periodic Review of Ukraine</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt;'>15 november 2017</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt;'>Intervention by the delegation of Estonia</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt;'>Estonia warmly welcomes the delegation of Ukraine to its third UPR. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt;'>Since the last UPR session in 2012, we have witnessed the Maidan Revolution of Dignity in 2014, Russian military aggression that is still ongoing in Donbass and Crimea that are illegally annexed by the Russian Federation. The conflict has brought about 1,6 mln of internally displaced persons (IDPs), directly affected more than 4,4 mln people and killed over 2000 civilians. We note with appreciation Ukraine’s efforts in tackling the very difficult problems caused by this ongoing aggression.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt;'>We welcome the Law on the Rights and Freedoms of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and encourage the Government to continue to alleviate the situation of the IDPs especially in terms of social protection. We urge the Government to continue with the investigations into the serious violations and abuses during the 2014 Maidan protests and the violence in Odessa in May 2014, where some progress has been made. Estonia further acknowledges the Government’s efforts in addressing gender-based and domestic violence. While we welcome the steps taken to improve the judiciary, we encourage Ukraine to take all necessary means to tackle corruption and to continuously engage with the civil society organisations in the reform processes. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt;'>Estonia would like to make the following <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">recommendations</b> to the government of Ukraine:</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><ul style="list-style-type: disc; direction: ltr;"><li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;"><p style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 150%; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt;'>Ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention);</span></p></li><li style='color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;'><p style='text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;'><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt;'>Ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC);</span></p></li><li style='color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;'><p style='text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 8pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;'><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt;'>Create a special anticorruption court and ensure its proper functioning.</span></p></li></ul><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt;'>We wish the Ukraine every success in the implementation of accepted recommendations. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt;'>Thank you.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:01:25 GMT http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1783 Eesti soovitused Tšehhile kolmandas UPR tsüklis http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1782 <font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Universal Periodic Review of the Czech Republic </span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>6 november 2017<br> Intervention by the delegation of Estonia</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Estonia warmly welcomes the delegation of the Czech Republic to its third UPR.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We note with appreciation that the Government of the Czech Republic has submitted to its Parliament a proposal for the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, also in line with our recommendation in the previous UPR cycle. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We further welcome the efforts of the Czech Republic to achieve gender equality, especially the implementation of the Government’s Strategy for Equality Between Women and Men for 2014 – 2020 and the Action Plan for Balanced Representation of Women and Men in Decision-making Positions for 2016 – 2018. We encourage the Government to continue this important work to achieve a balanced representation of women and men in Government and decision-making positions, equality between women and men in the labour market and in business, and promote better work-life balance.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Furthermore, we encourage the Czech Republic to continue its efforts to fight violence against women and domestic violence, especially against women and children, in line with the Action Plan for the Prevention of Domestic and Gender-motivated Violence (2015-2018)<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">. </i></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></i></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Finally, we would like to recommend to the Government of the Czech Republic to:</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>1) swiftly ratify the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (OP-CRPD) in line with the National Action Plan to Promote Equal Opportunities for the Persons with Disabilities (2015 – 2020);</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>2) accelerate the process of ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention).</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We wish the Czech Republic every success in the implementation of these measures.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Thank you.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="ET"><font face="Calibri" size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:05:44 GMT http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1782 Eesti soovitused Pakistanile kolmandas UPR tsüklis http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1781 <font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Universal Periodic Review of the Islamic Republic of&nbsp;</span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Pakistan</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>13 november 2017<br> Intervention by the delegation of Estonia</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Estonia welcomes the delegation of Pakistan to the third cycle of the UPR and would like to offer the following recommendations:</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0cm;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><li style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 150%; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Issue a standing invitation to all Human Rights Council’s Special Procedures;</span></li><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><li style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 150%; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court;</span></li><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><li style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 150%; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Reinstate moratorium on death penalty;</span></li><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><li style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 150%; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Accede to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol.</span></li><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font></ul><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Estonia commends Pakistan for the efforts in the promotion and protection of human rights in collaboration with the relevant UN human rights bodies. We welcome the adoption of the National Action Plan on Human Rights (2016). We commend Pakistan for the efforts made to promote and protect the rights of women, especially the adoption of the Anti-Rape Bill and Anti-Honour Killings Bill (2016). However, we are concerned about the increasing trend of forced marriage, thus we urge Pakistan to prevent underage and forced marriage, as well as forced conversion through marriage, especially for minority women. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Estonia wishes Pakistan a successful review cycle.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Thank you. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:05:08 GMT http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1781 Eesti soovitused Ghanale kolmandas UPR tsüklis http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1780 <font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Universal Periodic Review of Ghana </span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>7 november 2017<br> Intervention by the delegation of Estonia</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Estonia warmly welcomes the delegation of Ghana to its third UPR.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We note with appreciation the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OP-CAT) by Ghana. We also welcome the bill drafted for the abolition of death penalty, which requires a referendum to take place in accordance with the 1992 Constitution. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Ghana has shown considerable efforts to achieve universal primary education, and we note with appreciation the continued efforts to extend access to free senior high school for all students starting from September 2017. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We encourage Ghana to continue to eliminate harmful practices that affect children and women, such as child labour, child, early and forced marriage, violence against children, domestic violence and female genital mutilation (FGM). </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We would like to recommend to the Government of Ghana to:</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>1) establish a National Preventative Mechanism (NPM) for combating torture in line with the the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OP-CAT);</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>2) continue efforts to abolish the death penalty and ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights aiming at the abolition of the death penalty (OP2-ICCPR);</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>3) enact the Affirmative Action Bill promoting women in governance and decision-making positions;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>4) intensify efforts to bring the domestic legislation in compliance with the provisions of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We wish Ghana a successful review and subsequent implementation of the accepted recommendations.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Thank you.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font> Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:03:19 GMT http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1780 Eesti sõnavõtt 2017.a. autonoomsete surmavate relvasüsteemide valitsusekspertide plenaariumil 6. teemapunkti juures http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1774 <font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">2017 Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)</font></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Intervention by ESTONIA</font></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Item 6: Examination of various dimensions of emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems, in the context of the objectives and purposes of the Convention </font></span></b></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><br></font></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Panel 3: Legal/ethical dimension</font></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;'><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3">Genf, 14 n</font><font size="3">ovember 2017</font></font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Thank you Mr Chairman,</font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">I should start by thanking all of the panellists for their very informative presentations, which greatly assist our deliberations. &nbsp;</font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">I would like to make one comment and to ask one question.</font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">The comment relates to the observation that Estonia was giving legal personality to robots. Appreciating the need to improve the law applicable to self-driving vehicles, the Estonian Government has commissioned an independent legal study to canvass the various options for regulation. One of the options indentified by the experts in an interim report of that study indeed mentions giving some degree of independent legal capacity to robots. I should emphasise, however, that the study is still in progress, and no decision has been made as to which regulatory model to adopt.&nbsp;</font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>The question concerns the ICRC's focus on autonomy in relation to the critical functions of weapons systems. This appears to be a sensible approach in that the targeting decision would raise the most serious IHL questions. That said, Article 57(1) of AP provides that "In the conduct of</span><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'> <i>military operations</i>, constant care shall be taken to spare the civilian population, civilians and civilian objects." Would this in the opinion of the panellists have implications for other functions of autonomous platforms? In particular, would it have implications for the capacity of autonomous navigation that might potentially cause harm to civilians or civilian objects?&nbsp;</span></font></font></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Thank you, Mr Chairman!</font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">&nbsp;</font></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:39:50 GMT http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1774 Eesti sõnavõtt UNHCR Täidesaatva komitee 68. sessiooni üld-debatil http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1772 <font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><b><span style='color: black; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>UNHCR Täidesaatva komitee 68. sessioon </span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span style='color: black; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style='color: black; line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>ESTONIA</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style='color: black; line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style='color: black; line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Statement delivered by H.E. Mr. Andre PUNG </span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b><span style='color: black; line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Ambassador, Permanent Representative </span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>of the Republic of Estonia<span style="color: black; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;"> </span></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><b><span style='color: black; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b><span style='color: black; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>General Debate – Item 4</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Genf, 3 oktoober 2017</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: justify;"><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Thank you Madam Chair, </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: justify;"><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Estonia fully aligns itself with the statement delivered on behalf of the European Union and its Member States and would like to add some additional remarks in its national capacity.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: justify;"><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Allow me to thank the High Commissioner for his insightful opening statement made yesterday and for the special segment on the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework. We fully share the view of the High Commissioner that it is time to sustain and accelerate the shift in how we respond to forced displacement and that the CRRF offers a new and promising model for adequate response. In this regard, I wish to reaffirm Estonia’s commitment to the New York Declaration and to the process leading to the Global Compact on Refugees, including the application of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework. We </span><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>recognise the need for further global responsibility sharing, strengthened solidarity and international cooperation.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: justify;"><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>I also join the High Commissioner in expressing our concern as the world continues to face the significant challenge of numerous simultaneous large-scale crises, with the unprecedented number of (more than 65 million persons) displaced worldwide. In this context, the pursuit for solutions is a collective responsibility towards refugees and forcibly displaced persons. Political will and leadership are urgently needed to halt and reverse the regrettable trend of increasing numbers of displacement and ever-growing needs. A sustainable solution to forced displacement must build on addressing its root causes. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: justify;"><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Estonia highly appreciates the UNHCR’s work around the globe and we cherish our long-standing cooperation with the UNHCR. In particular, we commend the UNHCR for fulfilling its mandated leading role in providing international protection to refugees and forcibly displaced persons and for UNHCR’s response to acute and protracted situations of forced displacement in many complex humanitarian settings. </span><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We welcome the UNHCR’s support to States and other relevant actors in building their protection capacity.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: justify;"><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Madam Chair,</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: justify;"><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>We remain deeply concerned about the refugee situation in many parts of the world. Most recently, witnessing the flight of half a million refugees from Myanmar in just a month has again underlined the need for protection and unrestricted humanitarian access. On this note, allow me to also point out the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, to which Estonia draws particular attention. The serious situation in Ukraine should be kept in our sight as the number of the displaced persons and their suffering continues to be a cause for great concern. In this context, it is unacceptable that UN agencies have not been granted full access in Eastern Ukraine. Furthermore, we are concerned about the serious funding gap of UN agencies for their operations in Ukraine.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: justify;"><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Madam Chair,</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: justify;"><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Estonia welcomes the UNHCR’s continued focus on building partnerships for a more comprehensive and effective response as highlighted yesterday by the High Commissioner. This includes also working with partners outside the humanitarian sector, while remaining committed to the humanitarian principles. With that reference, we welcome UNHCR’s efforts to reduce costs and measure the efficiency gain with technology and innovation, such as through the use of biometrics for refugee registration, and we are looking forward to further reports in this regard. The advantage of new technologies and innovative solutions should be assessed and put in practice where possible in order to deal with refugee situations more effectively.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 115%;"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><span style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US;">In the context of growing needs that result in widening funding gap, we also expect UNHCR to continue prioritizing and </span><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;">reforming its way of operating, while developing greater transparency and accountability of funding allocations. </span><span style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US;">We commend the UNHCR’s commitment to implement the Grand Bargain and its Results-Based Management framework, which facilitates and strengthens operations management from the planning stage through to monitoring and reporting, and helps to achieve its Global Strategic Objectives.</span></font></font></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 115%;"><span style="color: windowtext; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: justify;"><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Finally, Madam Chair, Estonia values highly the work of UNHCR’s dedicated staff, notably in the field and appreciates UNHCR’s efforts to reform. We are looking forward to receiving regular updates on firstly, UNHCR’s work and strategy on IDPs and secondly, on the progress regarding the ongoing Change Management process.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: justify;"><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Thank you!</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font> Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:44:38 GMT http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1772 Eesti sõnavõtt Inimõiguste Nõukogu 36. sessioonil 10. punkti juures üld-debatil http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1770 <font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 5.9pt 0pt 0cm; line-height: normal;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>ÜRO Inimõiguste Nõukogu 36. sessioon</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 5.9pt 0pt 0cm; text-align: center; line-height: normal;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 5.9pt 0pt 0cm; text-align: center; line-height: normal;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 5.9pt 0pt 0cm; text-align: center; line-height: normal;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Intervention by ESTONIA</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 5.9pt 0pt 0cm; text-align: center; line-height: normal;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 5.9pt 0pt 0cm; line-height: normal;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 5.9pt 0pt 0cm; line-height: normal;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Item 10 – General Debate </span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 5.9pt 0pt 0cm; line-height: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Genf, 28<sup> </sup>september 2017</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="right" style="margin: 0cm 5.9pt 0pt 0cm; text-align: right;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span lang="ET" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif;'><font size="3">Check against delivery!</font></span></i></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 5.9pt 0pt 0cm; text-align: center; line-height: normal;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 6pt 5.9pt 6pt 0cm; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 6pt 5.9pt 6pt 0cm; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Mr President,</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 6pt 5.9pt 6pt 0cm; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Distinguished High Commissioner,</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 6pt 5.9pt 6pt 0cm; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Estonia aligns itself with the statement delivered by the European Union. We highly appreciate the valuable work of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the field of technical cooperation and capacity building. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 6pt 5.9pt 6pt 0cm; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We thank the High Commissioner for his report on cooperation with Georgia. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 6pt 5.9pt 6pt 0cm; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Estonia expresses deep concern over the humanitarian and human rights situation in the occupied territories of Georgia. We would like to stress that while a peaceful solution to the conflict remains to be found, it is still crucial to guarantee fundamental freedoms and international human rights standards. We regret that the authorities <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">de facto</i> in control in the occupied areas have failed to respect right to life, safety, dignity, freedom of movement and privacy. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 6pt 5.9pt 6pt 0cm; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We would like to ask the High Commissioner how does the so-called borderization - the setting up of razor wire and other forms of fencing, watchtowers and other monitoring equipment by the Russian Federation border guards – affect the enjoyment of human rights of the local inhabitants.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 6pt 5.9pt 6pt 0cm; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Finally, Estonia reaffirms its resolute support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders – Abkhazia and South Ossetia are integral parts of Georgia. We also join the UN Secretary-General and the OHCHR in their calls on the <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">de facto</i> authorities to grant OHCHR and other international humanitarian and human rights organizations unhindered access to the mentioned territories.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 6pt 5.9pt 6pt 0cm; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Thank you.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:50:11 GMT http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1770 Eesti sõnavõtt Euroopa Liidu nimel Inimõiguste Nõukogu 36. sessioonil 10. punkti juures tehnilise abi kohta http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1768 <font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3">ÜRO Inimõiguste Nõukogu 36. sessioon</font></font></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="text-align: center;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: center; mso-outline-level: 1;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Statement by</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: center;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>H.E. Mr Andre Pung </span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: center;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Estonia</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: center;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>on behalf of the European Union</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: center;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: normal; mso-outline-level: 1; mso-pagination: none;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Item 10: Technical assistance and capacity-building</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: normal; mso-outline-level: 1; mso-pagination: none;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Genf, 28 september 2017</span></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: normal; mso-outline-level: 1; mso-pagination: none;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'><br></span></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: normal; mso-outline-level: 1; mso-pagination: none;"><br></p><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: normal; mso-outline-level: 1; mso-pagination: none;"> <br></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Mr President,</span></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: normal; mso-outline-level: 1; mso-pagination: none;"> <br></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union.</span></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: normal; mso-outline-level: 1; mso-pagination: none;"> <br></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="line-height: 150%; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;"><font face="Calibri">The Candidate Countries, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia</font></span></strong><a name="_ftnref1" style="mso-footnote-id: ftn1;" href="file:///C:/Users/claubre/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/30JQ6O5G/HRC36-Item%2010%20EU%20FINAL.docx#_ftn1"><strong><span lang="DA" style='font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><span style="mso-special-character: footnote;"><strong><span lang="DA" style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: normal; mso-ansi-language: DA; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'>[1]</span></strong></span></span></strong></a><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="line-height: 150%; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;"><font face="Calibri">, Montenegro* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the Republic of Moldova and Georgia align themselves with this statement.</font></span></strong></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: normal; mso-outline-level: 1; mso-pagination: none;"> <br></p><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB">The EU would like to express its appreciation </span><span style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US;">for the reports of the Secretary-General and the High Commissioner presented to this Council.</span></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: normal; mso-outline-level: 1; mso-pagination: none;"> <br></p><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB">The EU reaffirms its strong support for the important work of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in providing technical assistance and capacity building to promote the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights. We call on States to fully cooperate with the OHCHR when receiving technical assistance and capacity building, including allowing the OHCHR full access to monitor and report on the human rights situation on the ground. </span></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: normal; mso-outline-level: 1; mso-pagination: none;"> <br></p><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB">The EU follows closely the human rights developments in the Central African Republic, Somalia, the Sudan, Libya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which we have commented on in detail during the respective interactive dialogues.</span></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: normal; mso-outline-level: 1; mso-pagination: none;"> <br></p><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US;">The European Union is deeply concerned about </span><span lang="EN-GB">the situation in Yemen as the number of civilian casualties continues to rise. The ongoing conflict is having devastating consequences for the country and its population. Women, children and persons in vulnerable situation are particularly affected by the on-going hostilities and the humanitarian crisis. </span><span style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US;">We continue to support independent investigations into all alleged violations and abuses, with a view to ending impunity for crimes committed by all parties to the conflict. <span style="mso-bidi-font-style: italic;">In this regard, we take seriously the recommendation made by the High Commissioner for the establishment of an international investigative body.</span> We encourage the OHCHR to continue to provide technical assistance and to monitor the work of the national independent commission of inquiry. We also believe that the human rights situation in Yemen requires close follow-up in Human Rights Council.</span></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: normal; mso-outline-level: 1; mso-pagination: none;"> <br></p><p style="background: white; margin: 0cm -0.05pt 0pt 0cm; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style='color: rgb(33, 33, 33); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language: FR;'>The EU welcomes the technical cooperation provided to Georgia by the OHCHR. The EU is concerned regarding the conclusion of the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on cooperation with Georgia that some practices in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia appear to amount to discriminatory patterns based on ethnic grounds, especially with regard to freedom of movement, access to personal documents, the right to education and property rights. The EU regrets that no access has been granted to OHCHR or to United Nations human rights mechanisms to Georgia’s regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia. The EU strongly urges for unfettered access of the OHCHR and other UN human rights mechanisms to these areas and populations to independently assess the human rights situation on the ground. The EU continues to support the provision of technical cooperation to Georgia.</span></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: normal; mso-outline-level: 1; mso-pagination: none;"> <br></p><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='color: rgb(33, 33, 33); mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language: FR;'>The EU is increasingly alarmed about the shrinking space in Cambodia for political debate and dissenting opinion, in particular ahead of the National Assembly election in July 2018, </span><span style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US;">as addressed earlier in the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur</span><span style='color: rgb(33, 33, 33); mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language: FR;'>. We share the Secretary General’s concerns that democratic processes have been adversely affected by judicial procedures and other measures targeting members of the political opposition, or those perceived to be opposed to the governing party. The EU reiterates the importance for Cambodia of promoting and safeguarding, in particular during this pre-electoral period, an environment in which political parties, civil society and the media are able to carry out their legitimate roles without fear, threats or arbitrary restrictions and in which we remain ready to assist the government in this endeavour.</span></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: normal; mso-outline-level: 1; mso-pagination: none;"> <br></p><p style="background: white; margin: 0cm -0.05pt 0pt 0cm; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style='color: rgb(33, 33, 33); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language: FR;'>Thank you.</span></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: normal; mso-outline-level: 1; mso-pagination: none;"> <br></p><div style="mso-element: footnote-list;"><br clear="all"> <hr width="33%" size="1" align="left"> <div id="ftn1" style="mso-element: footnote;"> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><a name="_ftn1" style="mso-footnote-id: ftn1;" href="file:///C:/Users/claubre/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/30JQ6O5G/HRC36-Item%2010%20EU%20FINAL.docx#_ftnref1"><span><span lang="DA" style='font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><span style="mso-special-character: footnote;"><span><span lang="DA" style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; mso-ansi-language: DA; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'>[1]</span></span></span></span></span></a><font face="Calibri"><span lang="DA" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;"> </span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="line-height: 150%; font-size: 10pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,</span></strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;"> </span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="line-height: 150%; font-size: 10pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Montenegro and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.</span></strong></font></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-GB"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></span></p> </div> </div><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: normal; mso-outline-level: 1; mso-pagination: none;"> <br></p></span><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: normal; mso-outline-level: 1; mso-pagination: none;"><br></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:39:13 GMT http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1768 Eesti sõnavõtt 5j punkti juures Euroopa Liidu nimel WHO Euroopa regionaalkomitee 67. sessioonil Budapestis http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1766 <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>WHO Regional Committee for Europe 67<sup>th</sup> session</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>EU Statement</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Agenda item 5(j): General Programme of Work</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Budapest, 11 September 2017</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Director General, Regional Director, Your Royal Highness, Excellencies, Distinguished colleagues,</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-font-family: "MS Mincho";'>I am speaking on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"> </b></span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="line-height: 150%; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;"><font face="Calibri">The Candidate Countries Montenegro*, Serbia* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia align themselves with this statement.</font></span></strong></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We would like to commend the Secretariat for this draft concept note. We see the next GPW as the beginning of a new chapter for WHO and for global health and we are committed to continue working together in the coming years with WHO to make progress on global public health. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We particularly appreciate that this draft is produced so early during the tenure of the new DG - and we welcome the inclusive process involving all the Regional Committees. We would appreciate some feedback from the discussions that took place in the AFRO and SEARO discussions. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: FR-CH;'>This is a strategic document for the whole organisation as well as its Member States and we owe it to ourselves to take the time to get it right. Having only seen the draft document recently we are not yet in a position to go into details of substance but we are ready to share our first impressions on it. I am sure that individual Member States will be expanding on what I have to say in this regard. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We remain convinced that the world needs WHO as <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">the</i> leader in global public health and a WHO that is effective, efficient and fit-for-purpose. We see the GPW, implemented by a strong DG in a reformed organisation as the way to achieve this.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We welcome the suggested focus on outcomes and impact but remain curious about the methodology to assess the contribution of WHO in achieving concrete health outcomes. When will the announced scorecard be available?</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We strongly support the alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals – not just Goal number three, and encourage full implementation in that regard.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We welcome the focus on priorities. During the election campaign, we noticed an understandable reluctance of all candidates to identify negative priorities – now is also the time to identify what workstreams can be deprioritised.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>The need to operationalize is key! Implementation of the lessons learned from Ebola are more relevant than ever before. Rapid, efficient and transparent responses have to be at the core of WHO response to people in need.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We support the need to show results at country level and consider that this should play a key part in aligning the three levels of the organisation.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>And yes, strong leadership is important. But leadership is not inherited – it needs to be earned and we see the track record of the new DG as a very positive force for this in WHO.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Taking into account the importance of the process ahead of the adoption of the GPW 13, we support the call for a special session on this, ahead of the January EB. The EU as a whole assures you of our willingness to engage constructively in the upcoming discussions.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Thank you. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="line-height: 150%; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;"><font face="Calibri">*Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.</font></span></strong></p> Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:46:02 GMT http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1766 Eesti sõnavõtt 2a punkti juures Euroopa Liidu nimel WHO Euroopa regionaalkomitee 67. sessioonil Budapestis http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1765 <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>WHO Regional Committee for Europe 67<sup>th</sup> session</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>EU Statement</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Agenda item 2(a): Address of the Regional Director</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Budapest, 11 September 2017</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-font-family: "MS Mincho";'>I am speaking on behalf of the European Union and its Member States. </span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="line-height: 150%; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;"><font face="Calibri">The Candidate Countries Montenegro*, Serbia* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia align themselves with this statement.</font></span></strong></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: SK;'>We thank the Regional Director for her comprehensive report and for her dedicated leadership.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: SK;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>The EU and its member states welcome the work done by Regional Office towards <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">implementing the 2030 agenda</b>, both through internal reforms and the support provided to governments. We are pleased to note that the Regional Office has fully incorporated the SDGs into its country cooperation strategies.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Furthermore, we appreciate the emphasis on <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">reducing the reporting burden</b> and reiterate the importance of avoiding duplication when reporting on regional health processes, as well as on the SDGs. We welcome the ongoing collaboration with the European Commission and the OECD to establish a common set of indicators.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>As <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">NCDs</b> continue to be the main cause of preventable death in many parts of the world, including the European Union, we are pleased to note the progress made towards SDG target 3.4. on NCD-related mortality. Maintaining this progress requires a concerted effort to <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">reduce smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity, and to improve management</b> of NCDs in our region. Finally, with regard to NCDs we appreciate the efforts to address <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">mental health</b> and welcome the joint call for action by the Regional Director and the EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety to address mental health issues that affect people from all ages.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Antimicrobial resistance</span></b><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'> continues to be a serious threat to health systems, which is why we applaud the efforts of the Regional Office in driving this agenda forward through enhanced monitoring and improving member state capacity across the objectives of the Global Action Plan on AMR. The EU and its member states reaffirm our commitment to tackling AMR and in June 2017 the new EU One Health Action Plan against AMR was adopted by the European Commission. This plan contains concrete actions to make the EU a best practice region, boosting research, development and innovation, as well as shaping the global agenda on AMR.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We note the work done to address <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">communicable diseases</b> in the Region, though stress the need to upscale efforts in light of the historically <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">high incidence of new HIV cases</b>. The rise in <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">HIV/TB coinfections</b> is a further challenge that requires immediate action.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='color: black; line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We acknowledge the continued comprehensive effort by the Regional Office&nbsp;to achieve <b>strong and flexible health systems</b>, which are <b>patient-centred, innovative</b> and <b>cost-effective</b>, and able to react appropriately to health risks as well as national and international outbreaks of disease.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We appreciate the Regional Director’s continuous dedication to this topic and commend her work towards the anniversary celebrations of the Tallinn Charter in 2018.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Madame Regional Director, </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>we note with some concern the imbalances within the Regional Office budget, and particularly the <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">pockets of poverty</b> mentioned in the interim report. The EU and its member states would therefore appreciate clarification on whether the current budget adequately addresses the health needs of the region. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Finally, we would like to extend our gratitude to the Regional Director for <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">streamlining the Regional Committee agenda</b>, and leaving more space for discussion, including on progress reports. Though we note that more can be done, we do acknowledge the improvement, and look forward to a constructive meeting. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Thank you!</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="line-height: 150%; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;"><font face="Calibri">*Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.</font></span></strong></p> Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:48:00 GMT http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1765 Eesti sõnavõtt 2b punkti juures Euroopa Liidu nimel WHO Euroopa regionaalkomitee 67. sessioonil Budapestis http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1764 <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'><strong>WHO Regional Committee for Europe </strong><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'><strong>67<sup>th</sup> session</strong></span></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>EU Statement</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Agenda item 2(b): Address of the Director-General</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Budapest, 12 September 2017</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Director General, Your Royal Highness, Excellencies, Colleagues</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>I speak on behalf of the EU and its Member States. DG, it is an honour to have you with us in Budapest. Upon your election we promised to always listen to you, and thus it is a pleasure to see that you in turn have come here to listen to us. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>We welcome the drive with which you have assumed office. Truly, you have hit the ground running, and have set about steadfastly working to maintain and strengthen WHO’s role as the global leader on health issues.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>In May we called upon you to work on sustainable financing, transparency, priority setting, accountability and alignment across the three levels of the organization. We note with appreciation that these aspects are reflected in the concept note on GPW that you have put forward. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>To build upon this promising foundation, we would like to highlight the following. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="NO-BOK" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt;'>We underline WHO’s mission as a <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">health</b> organization, with not just disease on the agenda. WHO needs to focus on prevention and promotion, not only on treatment and response.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="NO-BOK" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt;'>We emphasize a stronger focus on cross-cutting issues, including human rights, right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, and gender. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="NO-BOK" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt;'>We voice our support for an extraordinary EB in November, and would like to use that time to discuss the GPW only. In the upcoming meetings on the GPW, however, we would appreciate having a systematic presentation on what will change in relation to the the present work of the organization. On our part, we assure you of our continued constructive participation in the future debates over the GPW.</span></p> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:32:05 GMT http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1764 Eesti sõnavõtt 5c punkti juures Euroopa Liidu nimel WHO Euroopa regionaalkomitee 67. sessioonil Budapestis http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1763 <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>WHO Regional Committee for Europe 67<sup>th</sup> session</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>EU Statement</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Agenda item 5(c): Towards a sustainable health workforce in the WHO European Region: framework for action</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Budapest, 13 September 2017</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-font-family: "MS Mincho";'>I am speaking on behalf of the European Union and its Member States<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">. </b></span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="line-height: 150%; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;"><font face="Calibri">The Candidate Countries Turkey, Montenegro*, Serbia* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia align themselves with this statement.</font></span></strong></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>The EU and its member states support the framework for action prepared by the Secretariat which translates the global strategy in human resources for health workforce 2030 to the regional context. The framework for action is the best way to support member states of the European region to implement the strategic objectives set out in the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health and to accelerate progress towards achieving the population health objectives of health 2020 and the Agenda 2030.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>The EU and its member states are committed to act on the 4 objectives of the Framework. A sustainable health workforce is one of the cornerstones of better health and Universal health Coverage and an enabling factor for inclusive economic growth and social cohesion.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>The EU and its member states believe that this framework for action should be implemented taking into account the global ILO-OECD-WHO five year action plan on health employment and economic growth, adopted earlier this year by the World health assembly.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>There is a need to work permanently on the challenges including gender inequality, geographical maldistribution, gaps in quality, decent working conditions and to adapt health systems to these challenges. The EU calls WHO European region member states to make best use of the proposed toolkit which draws on a collective wealth of critical resources and materials, so as to achieve sustained impact on health workforce.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>The EU supports an integrated, intersectoral and multi stakeholders approach and the coordinated participation of civil society, nongovernmental organizations and private sector.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>The EU requests the regional director to collaborate with member states and to provide technical support for their efforts to achieve sustainable health workforce.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Finally, the EU calls on member states to consider implementing the framework for action and the </span><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>recommendations and the immediate actions of the UN Secretary General High-Level Commission on Employment and Economic Growth report.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Thank you </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="line-height: 150%; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;"><font face="Calibri">*Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.</font></span></strong><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'> </span></p> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:47:21 GMT http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1763 Eesti sõnavõtt 5g punkti juures Euroopa Liidu nimel WHO Euroopa regionaalkomitee 67. sessioonil Budapestis http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1762 <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>WHO Regional Committee for Europe 67<sup>th</sup> session</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>EU Statement</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Agenda item 5(g): Governance in the WHO European Region</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Budapest, 13 September 2017</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-font-family: "MS Mincho";'>I am speaking on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"> </b></span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="line-height: 150%; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;"><font face="Calibri">The Candidate Countries Montenegro*, Serbia* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia align themselves with this statement.</font></span></strong></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;'>We thank the Regional Director and the SCRC for the continuous leadership on governance related issues and recognize that this work can benefit the entire WHO. Implementation of the decision WHA69(8) on governance reform in the European region remains critically important. We need to keep building on progress made to achieve organizational excellence with tangible results on the ground. In doing this, we must assure that effectiveness, efficiency, transparency and accountability remain at the centre of our action, in order to face emerging challenges and deliver on our global health priorities.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;'>We are pleased to see that the integration of the global policies into regional level is central in our agenda and action. The multi-year rolling and forward-looking agenda planning has been essential for keeping our regional agenda and meetings manageable.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: SK;'>Further, we are pleased to see that the increase in the agenda items has stopped. We can now prepare ourselves better for meaningful and focused discussions, including on the progress reports. We should continue strategic alignment of our work on the regional level with the activities and plans on the global level as closely as possible.</span><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;'> We also highly value the web-based consultations of documents, which allows us early input. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: SK;'>Still, there is room for improvement in the regional adaptations of globally agreed strategies, and we reiterate our concern about automatic endorsement of declarations from various high-level meetings. The SCRC should make decisions case by case based on clear criteria as described in the background document (p22-25). We are ready to endorse the proposed modalities for the SCRC involvement on how to include the future conference declarations for the consideration and implementation within the EURO region. However, we would like to get a clarification on what exactly is meant by “officially appointed high-level government representatives” in criteria 23 (c)?</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;'>We believe that the WHO country presence report deserves more attention, as it is a valuable tool to understand the programmatic needs for action and resources. We renew our request for a forward looking and transparent discussion on the strategic future of the Country Offices. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;'>Finally, we emphasize that the governance reform is a priority for us, especially now in the context of discussing the thirteenth General Programme of Work. The European Region has made great headway on governance, but there is still more to do and we wish to see the work continue.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;'>Madame Regional Director, </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;'>we, the EU and its MSs, assure you of our commitment, guidance and assistance along the process governance reform implementation.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;'>Thank you. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="NO-BOK" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="line-height: 150%; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;"><font face="Calibri">*Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.</font></span></strong><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'> </span></b></p> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:32:05 GMT http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1762 Eesti sõnavõtt 3. punkti juures Euroopa Liidu nimel WHO Euroopa regionaalkomitee 67. sessioonil Budapestis http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1761 <font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>WHO Euroopa regionaalkomitee 67. sessioon</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>EU Statement</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Agenda item 3: Matters arising from resolutions and decisions of the World Health Assembly and the Executive Board </span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Budapest, 14 September 2017</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "MS Mincho"; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>I am speaking on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"> </b></span><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 150%; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;'><font face="Calibri">The Candidate Countries Montenegro*, Serbia* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia align themselves with this statement.</font></span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>The EU and its Member States welcome the development of a draft five year strategic plan to improve public heath preparedness and response. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>We would like to recall the legitimacy and binding nature of the International Health Regulations and the importance of the national focal point. It is every MS responsibility to fully implement IHR to protect their population and thus contribute also to global health security. Furthermore it is every MS responsibility to fully report diseases and events in accordance with the regulations in order not to undermine our joint work and commitment.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>The EU and its Member States agree on the guiding principles and pillars for public health preparedness and response. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>For this moment we have the following remarks on these principles and pillars.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Country ownership, inter sectoral approach and partnerships are key in strengthening IHR. We stress the importance of developing national “whole of government” plans for preparedness and health security capacity building, including health sector plans, integrating the recommendations from based on the recommendations from the WHO Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, including the voluntary external evaluations. To do so, we encourage countries to be evaluated by WHO, to be able to develop these national plans. It is also important to aligning them with national budget cycles and donor coordination early in the planning process.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Efficient response to health emergencies is a high priority for WHO.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Strengthening response capacities in all countries, in particular in those most at risk from health threats, is an equally important. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Integration of the International Health Regulations in national health system is an important strategic principle too. We are convinced that strengthening core capacities, including essential public health functions, should be an integral part of health systems strengthening and efforts to achieve universal health coverage.&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>And finally we would like to stress that regional integration is more than developing regional plans by the regional offices. Cooperation with regional organizations such as the European Union is essential. The EU and its MS have obligations through the implementation of the EU Decision on serious cross-border threats to health and its cooperation programs, including for risk communication and assistance through the European Medical Corps and other bilateral supporting structures. We are ready to work closely with WHO Regional Offices and with the WHO Office in charge of preparedness and capacity building in this regard.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>We look forward to participating in the formal consultation in November in Geneva.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Thank you.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 150%; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;'><font face="Calibri">*Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.</font></span></b><span lang="EN-GB" style='color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'> </span><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:41:39 GMT http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1761 Eesti sõnavõtt 5h ja 5i punkti juures Põhja-Balti koostöö (NB8) nimel WHO Euroopa regionaalkomitee 67. sessioonil Budapestis http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1760 <font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>WHO Euroopa regionaalkomitee 67. sessioon</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>NB8 Statement</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: center; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Agenda item 5(h)(i): Implementation of the European Action Plan to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol 2012–2020 (resolution EUR/RC61/R4)</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Budapest, 14 september 2017</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Madame chair,</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>This time we do not speak on behalf of the EU. I am <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">speaking on behalf of the Nordic and Baltic countries [Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden] and Slovenia align themselves with this statement. </b></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Since the adoption of the WHO global strategy to reduce harmful use of alcohol and the European action plan for its implementation, total alcohol consumption in the region has decreased continuously, or remained stable. Nevertheless, Europe is still the region with the highest consumption in the world, which contributes significantly to the mortality from NCDs.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Our results so far confirm that evidence-based, sustainable and systematic policy approaches work. It is a message we need to continue communicating, because as consumption falls, the more difficult it is to advocate for these systematic measures.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Globalisation is another tendency we cannot overlook. Countries are today realising the impact of a borderless world, which affect the preventive measures concerning alcohol-related harm. National measures adopted can be diluted by cross-border shopping. To address this and other important cross-border issues, including labelling and marketing in new media, a discussion among the EU countries on alcohol policy and possible future steps will take place during the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Addressing cross-border purchases, marketing and labelling is relevant for all European Region’s Member States. Legal restrictions on advertising exist in 49 Member States. Yet, the attempts to curb young people’s exposure to alcohol advertising are challenged by marketing in new media. An additional challenge is that different requirements concerning e.g. labelling in different countries collide with principles and regulations to ensure free trade.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We need continued cooperation and coordination to overcome these challenges. The case of tobacco demonstrates that similar results are potentially achievable as regards alcohol. Therefore, we encourage all member states of the WHO European Region to continue their work to tackle the harmful use of alcohol with the support of the Regional Office.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>We would like to express our special thanks to Dr Gauden Galea and his team for the work in compiling an excellent document – “Alcohol labelling - A discussion document on policy options” in a very limited timeframe. It provides an evidence based framework for all member states to relay on in addressing harmful use of alcohol.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Finally, although the modelling by the Regional Office shows that all countries in our region will achieve the 30 percent reduction of mortality in NCDs by 2020, we can do better. Putting in place sustainable alcohol policy measures has the potential to help us in achieving that. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:36:11 GMT http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1760 Eesti sõnavõtt Inimõiguste Nõukogu 36. sessioonil 5. punkti juures interaktiivsel dialoogil põlisrahvaste õiguste eri-raportööriga http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1752 <font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: normal;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>ÜRO Inimõiguste Nõukogu 36. sessioon</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: normal;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: normal;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: normal;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Intervention by ESTONIA</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="center" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: normal;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: 150%;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Item 5: clustered interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples</span></b></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Genf, 20 september 2017</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p align="right" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: right;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span lang="ET"><font face="Calibri" size="3">Check against delivery!</font></span></i></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: 150%;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal; -ms-text-autospace:; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: ET;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; -ms-text-autospace:; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: ET;'>Mr. President,</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; -ms-text-autospace:; mso-layout-grid-align: none;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: ET;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Estonia aligns itself with the EU statement.</span></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'><br></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Firstly, we would like to thank the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, for presenting her latest report on the topic of climate change. We would like to highlight the need for consultation with and participation of indigenous peoples in climate change mitigation processes. We would like to invite the Special-Rapporteur to elaborate on possible recourses in the situation of disproportionate vulnerability of indigenous peoples to climate change, more specifically on its gendered impact – an issue raised in the report, whereby women and girls are more likely to be affected by climate change, also meaning that they are more vulnerable to discrimination and exploitation.</span></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'><br></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Secondly, we would like to thank the Chairperson Mr. Albert Kwokwo Barume and other experts of Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) for their work and the latest reports under the expanded mandate. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>We acknowledge the reiteration in EMRIP’s annual report that an implementation gap exists between the support shown by States for the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) at the international level and concrete action to promote and protect indigenous peoples’ rights at the national level.</span></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'><br></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Moreover, we appreciate and look forward to addressing the proposal by EMRIP in its annual report to the HRC to make efforts to facilitate participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions in its work, which includes this dialogue we are having now, and the preceding panel. </span></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'><br></span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Finally, for several years Estonia contributed its expertise to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and we regularly provide financial support to the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations. We call on all countries to contribute to the fund, which receives far too little input, considering the range of support they are mandated to provide. In order to enhance the actual participation of representatives of indigenous peoples in UN meetings affecting them, we hereby call on all States to contribute to this important Fund. </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;'>Thank you.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:17:16 GMT http://genf.vm.ee/est/esileht/koned_ja_artiklid/aid-1752