The Permanent Missions of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania will open a Baltic exhibit on September 5 at the United Nations

During this flag-raising ceremony which took place at UN Headquarters on September l7, 1991 the flags of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania flew for the very first time at the United Nations. In this photo, the flag of Lithuania is being raised. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

 

The Permanent Missions of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania will open a Baltic exhibit on September 5 at the United Nations
Pictured is Audra Plepyte (left), the new Permanent Representative of the Republic of Lithuania to the United Nations in New York, presenting her credentials to UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres on August 18, 2017. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Estonia to the UN, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Latvia to the UN, and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Lithuania to the UN headquartered at the United Nations in New York, have announced the opening of a new exhibit entitled, “From Baltic Appeals to Baltic Membership in the United Nations 1965-1991.”

The exhibit is scheduled to open on Tuesday, September 5, at 6:00PM at United Nations Headquarters, and will be followed by a reception. On hand for the opening will be Estonian Ambassador Sven Jürgenson, Latvian Ambassador Janis Mazeiks, and Lithuanian Ambassador Audre Plepyte. The exhibit will be on view in the corridor between the Vienna Café and the Visitors Lobby in New York.

The Permanent Missions of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania will open a Baltic exhibit on September 5 at the United NationsThe Permanent Missions of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania will open a Baltic exhibit on September 5 at the United Nations

Shown in the photos above from left to right is Estonian Ambassador Sven Jürgenson of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Estonia in New York. UN Photo: Mark Garten. The photo on the right shows former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Janis Mazeiks, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Latvia to the UN at the unveiling of a reinstalled gift from Latvia to the United Nations in New York.  It is a tapestry called “Hope” depicting Latvia’s Freedom Monument. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard.

 

In Looking back on September 17, 1991 when the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania joined the United Nations, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar made the following remarks at the flag-raising ceremony, “The three Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have recently resumed the national independence which they enjoyed even before the founding of this organization.”

The Secretery-General added, “Indeed, this event bears witness to the tenet, increasingly recognized at the international level, that the wishes of the people of a country should determine the form and the manner of their governance. There is widespread gratification that a combination of quiet determination, on the one hand, and considerable sagacity on the other, have facilitated these important developments. There is equally a confidence that these will represent a further enhancement of the rule of law and respect for the human rights of all.

UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar concluded that: “Each of the new Member States is represented today by a high level delegation, and I should like in particular, to acknowledge the presence of President Landsbergis of Lithuania, Chairman Ruutel of Estonia, and Chairman Gorbunovs of Latvia.”

Ann Charles
Ann Charles is UN Bureau Chief of "Baltic Review" based in New York City. She covers diplomatic activities at United Nations Headquarters in New York and the world body's work in human rights, education, culture, the environment, and tourism, among other global concerns.