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President Kaljulaid to participate at the UN General Assembly in New York this week

Riigikõne ÜRO peaassambeel.
Adress at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly.
© Vabariigi Presidendi Kantselei

24.09.2018

President Kaljulaid will tomorrow embark on a work visit to the United States of America where she will speak at the UN General Assembly and have bilateral meetings with some twenty heads of state to discuss Estonia's candidacy for the position of a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. The Head of State will also speak at Stanford University and the Fortune Most Powerful Women forum and meet with businesspeople who have supported Estonian start-up companies.

The Head of State will give her speech on Wednesday, after 5 pm Estonian time; in addition, a number of bilateral meetings with other leaders will take place to discuss co-operation opportunities and Estonia's candidacy for the position of a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2020–2021. Over three days, President Kaljulaid will meet with the heads of state of approximately thirty countries. In addition, the Head of State will take part in several side events, where the joint e-governance project of Estonia and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will be introduced. President Kaljulaid will also take part in a meeting of the leading group of the Every Woman, Every Child (EWEC) movement, led by the Secretary General of the UN. The movement brings together non-government organisations and the private sector to deal with the health and welfare issues of children, young people and women. On Friday night, the Head of State will meet with local Estonian community in the New York Estonian House.

On Sunday, 30 September, President Kaljulaid will meet in San Francisco with representatives of technology companies and friends of Estonia – San Francisco Estonian Society and Sylvia and Andrew Thompson, who are the curators of the Kistler-Ritso Foundation. The Foundation has supported the updating of the Baltic archives in Stanford University and the establishment of the Museum of Occupations (Vabamu Museum) in Tallinn.

On Monday, 1 October, the Head of State will visit Stanford University where she will give a public address on the Nordic welfare society model, using Estonia's digital society perspective as an example. The Head of State will also meet with the director of the university, Michael Keller, and several professors, including Condoleezza Rice.

President Kaljulaid will also visit Draper University and will meet with the founder of the university, Tim Draper, a risk investor, who is an Estonian e-resident and has invested in a number of Estonian companies.

On Tuesday, 2 October, President Kaljulaid will give a presentation in Los Angeles, at the Fortune Most Powerful Women forum, to speak about our e-governance, preparations made by the state to cope with cyber threats and opportunities offered by artificial intelligence. The Head of State will also meet in Los Angeles with the management of the International Relations Council and entrepreneurs.

President Kersti Kaljulaid will return to Estonia on the evening of 4 October.