Speeches

At the UN Summit on Biodiversity

Dear friends,

Despite ambitious targets and agreements made at the global and regional levels since the Rio Convention, we haven't been able to slow down the rate of loss and degradation of ecosystems. Also, we have to accept that protected areas are still impacted by global warming, which unavoidably limits the effects of conventional biodiversity preservation tools.

We know that resilience depends on genetic diversity of a population. To avoid isolated and therefore inbred colonies, we need to establish a coherent network of ecosystems and habitats that will allow species to move between reserves.

We need more ecosystemic and long-term thinking, integrated into all sectoral policies. Current production-consumption models do not account for the ecosystem services provided by biodiversity. Detrimental land-use practices, widely used in agriculture and also forestry and polluting the ocean must be halted.

The climate change might already be the most significant driver of biodiversity loss. To this day, nature-based climate solutions, supported by biodiversity, have been underused in climate adaptation strategy, although they can remarkably improve resilience to multiple climate hazards.

The fragmentation of our actions is the main reason why we are not globally efficient in tackling existential environmental crises and have lost valuable time.

We must acknowledge the 'remote responsibility' – atmospheric air is one, ocean water is one – common goods do not recognize human drawn borders.

It takes enhanced multilateral cooperation to effectively respond to the current environmental crisis. The United Nations has a fundamental role here. Thereafter, it is crucial, that we do our best to implement the ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework and finalize negotiations for protecting high seas under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The UN-declared "decade on ecosystem restoration" has to be at the center of the Build Back Better approach. The cost of our inaction will be immense and will render achieving the Sustainable Development Goals impossible.

30.09.2020

 

News

President Kaljulaid: Estonia can be proud of its reserve army and conscription model

President Kaljulaid: Estonia can be proud of its reserve army and conscription model

Estonia can be truly proud of the reserve army and conscription model of its defence forces, which ensure us with a large, combat-ready and quickly assembling war-time army, President Kersti Kaljulaid said today at the Annual Baltic Conference on Defence (ABCD).

30.09.2020

 

President Kaljulaid met with the Minister of National Defense of Portugal

President Kaljulaid met with the Minister of National Defense of Portugal

President Kersti Kaljulaid met the Minister of National Defense of Portugal Prof. João Gomes Cravinho today in Tallinn to discuss cooperation in NATO, European security, and digital cooperation between the two countries. The meeting focused on cooperation in NATO. According to President Kaljulaid Estonia relies on Portugal’s expertise and knowhow on threats and challenges coming from the South and she expressed hope that Portugal similarly trusts the Estonian expertise in assessing the risks of this region.

29.09.2020

 

President Kaljulaid at EWEC: the pandemic has shown the unfairness of our societies

President Kaljulaid at EWEC: the pandemic has shown the unfairness of our societies

EWEC is in many ways a success story, but a lot of deep-rooted inequities, further amplified by climate change and COVID-19, continue to deprive women, children and adolescents of their rights, Pesident of Estonia and EWEC Co-chair Kersti Kaljulaid stated at the presentation of the progress report. 

25.09.2020