Estonian-led virtual meeting with 50 UN Security Ministers

On May 8, a virtual meeting with UN Security Ministers took place under the leadership of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The meeting started at 17.00 Estonian time and lasted for six hours. While such meetings are usually convened at the UN headquarters in New York, in this case, the countries were connected through a virtual conference platform developed by Estonians. Representatives of 80 countries took part in the UN Security Council’s contactless conference call.

In May, Estonia will chair the UN Security Council and organized a meeting where the lessons of the Second World War were discussed. It is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the end of the European battles of the Second World War. This was the first major gathering after the coronavirus outbreak that took place on the Hybridity virtual events platform created by Estonians. The technical team was in the contactless studio and made sure that everything went smoothly.

The discussion was chaired by Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu. The speakers were Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the European Union, Rosemary DiCarlo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Policy, and Timothy Snyder, Professor of History at Yale University.