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Government Approved Future Plan for Estonia Development Co-operation

28.06.2013

No 220-E

During its session today, the government approved an implementation plan for Estonia’s Development Co-operation and Humanitarian Aid Strategy for 2011-2015.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that the development aid distributed by Estonia this year will total 21.7 million euros and in 2014 the sum of our official development aid should reach 27 million euros. “We have based our plan on the government’s goal to increase official development aid to 0.17% of the gross national income by the year 2015. We are also basing it on the European Council’s 2005 decision regarding member states increasing their share of development aid,” said Paet.

The foreign minister noted that Estonia has been involved with systematic development co-operation since 1998 and today our primary development co-operation countries are the European Union Eastern Partnership countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and Belarus, as well as Afghanistan. “At the same time, Estonia is also capable of providing added value with its activities to countries in Central Asia and other regions of the world,” Paet confirmed.

The foreign minister stated that Estonia’s development co-operation, an indivisible component of its foreign policy, is geared towards peace, democracy and human rights, as well as ensuring social stability and reducing poverty in the world. The foreign minister added that taking into account Estonia’s practices thus far, it can be expected that in 2013 and 2014 we will fulfil the most goals in the areas of the human development subsector, human rights, strengthening democracy, and the subsector of establishing good administrative practice. “To achieve these goals, Estonia will work together with other donor countries and international organisations,” Paet said.

When talking about providing humanitarian aid, the foreign minister noted that during the last decade catastrophes caused by natural disasters or human activities have become more frequent, which creates a need for closer international co-operation to alleviate the aftermath of disasters and prevent their reoccurrence. “As humanitarian aid must be provided efficiently and immediately, Estonia co-operates with international organisations and, when possible, directly with the disaster area,” he explained.

“Regarding the humanitarian aid activities of 2013 and 2014, we plan to increase the budget for focused humanitarian aid,” said Paet. “We would also like to achieve significant growth in the funding for supporting the international humanitarian aid system,” he added.

At its session today, the government approved the implementation plan for 2013-2104 for “Estonia’s Development Co-operation and Humanitarian Aid Strategy for 2011-2015”.

Read more about Estonia’s Development Co-operation and Humanitarian Aid Strategy for 2011-2015 here: http://www.vm.ee/?q=en/taxonomy/term/55.

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