President of Estonia Kaljulaid is attending the Munich Security Conference


From today until Sunday, President Kersti Kaljulaid is attending the annual Munich Security Conference, where she will be taking part in a discussion on the future of Ukraine and speaking at the young leaders’ forum about technological diplomacy.

This afternoon President Kaljulaid will be taking part in a public debate entitled NATO@70, looking back on the past seven decades of the alliance and discussing how the world has adapted to the changed security situation with NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller. On Saturday the Estonian Head of State will be the main speaker in the annual Ukrainian discussion in Munich, which this year will focus on the presidential elections being held in March, the security situation in the country and the need to press ahead with reforms and reinforce the rule of law in the state. Also taking part in the discussion will be presidential candidates Yulia Tymoshenko and Anatoliy Hrytsenko.

On Sunday, President Kaljulaid will be the guest of honor at the now traditional Munich Young Leaders forum, where she will be speaking about the influence of technology on foreign policy. Others who have spoken at the forum in the past include former American diplomatic, politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner Henry Kissinger, German politician and former Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäuble and former Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves.

Several bilateral meetings are also planned for the three days, as are numerous interviews with foreign and national media.

The Munich Security Conference represents the most important discourse on security and foreign policy between Europe and North America, which this year will be focussing on transatlantic cooperation and confidence in the European Union. Other issues, which will be debated, are the future of arms control, defence policy cooperation and the impact of climate change and technological development on domestic policy. The conference is being attended by dozens of heads of state and government, the heads of major companies, representatives of think tanks and scientists from the field.

Krishan Chand

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