Baltic States marked 30th anniversary of the accession to the United Nations and Centenary of their accession to the League of Nations in Geneva
On September 17, in Geneva‘s Palace of Nations the Baltic States celebrated the 30th anniversary of the accession to the United Nations and Centenary of their accession to the League of Nations.
„On this very day, 30 years ago, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia joined the United Nations. Thanks to the peaceful and determined efforts of our citizens, almost 50-year long foreign occupation ended with restored independence. The Baltic States know very well the price of freedom and the consequences of widespread violations of the international order and international law. Therefore, both then and now, UN‘s role in defending the principles of democracy and human rights as well as ensuring effective multilateralism is critically important”, - said the Chargé d'affaires of Lithuania in Geneva Mr. Donatas Tamulaitis.
During the event, exhibition “Baltic Appeal to the United Nations” was opened. It includes a historic retrospective on one of the most influential Baltic exile organization, BATUN, that supported Baltic aspiration for freedom from the 1960s to the restoration of independence of the Baltic States in 1991 and advocated for their admission to the United Nations. Historic materials from the Library and Archives of the United Nations Office in Geneva about the Baltic States’ membership in the League of Nations are also displayed in the exhibition, which will open for visitors until October 8, 2021.
The President of the Human Rights Council, Permanent Representative of Fiji in Geneva Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan in her remarks and the Director-General of the UN office in Geneva, Ms Tatiana Valovaya in her written message, congratulated the Baltic States on the occasions.
More than hundred high level guests, including heads of Geneva-based international organizations, diplomatic missions, representatives of the non-governmental organizations, Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian communities attended the event, which was organized by the Permanent Missions of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in Geneva.