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President Kaljulaid: hiding from the problems of the world makes no one stronger

President Kaljulaid: hiding from the problems of the world makes no one stronger © Office of the President of Estonia

25.09.2018

„Hiding away from the problems of the world makes no one stronger or happier, because behind closed doors, only fears grow, never a creative and secure future. It is the shared responsibility of us all to find solutions to the world's problems, be they the sufferings of people fleeing atrocities and war, climate change and migration problems, or poverty.," President Kersti Kaljulaid said today on the occasion of the apostolic visit of Pope Franciscus.

We always have to be vigilant in safeguarding our freedom and human rights. „If we are not, we may gain a few carefree days but inherit a future very fraught with worry," the Estonian Head of State said and also reminded the listeners that the Holy See never recognised the occupation of Estonia and kept the Apostolic Administration of Estonia vacant for political reason throughout the Soviet periood.

President Kersti Kaljulaid also emphazised that in a period of rapid changes and economic development, the most vulnerable among us must not be neglected – the poor, the disabled, and the very young and very old. „We must remember that economic success obliges us to take notice of others and reach out to them," the Head of State said.

According to President Kaljulaid dealing with climate change is the critical question of our age: „We know how clearly it is linked to the migration problem. Certainly rapid technological advances will help counterbalance climate change. But that is only one side, because we have to deal with changing our wasteful behavioural patterns and mindsets." The Estonian Head of State added that in this respect, even the smallest countries and nations can be leaders, because we have the necessary mobility for implementing rapid changes.

The full speech of President Kaljulaid can be read here