Honoured guests in UN HouseOn September 14, 2007 former President of Estonia H.E. Mr. Arnold Rüütel met the UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine Mr. Francis M. O'Donnell. Former President Rüütel is a non-executive advisor to President Viktor Yushchenko, and also serves as a Senior Special Fellow of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.

Honoured guests in UN HouseOn September 14, 2007 former President of Estonia H.E. Mr. Arnold Rüütel met the UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine Mr. Francis M. O'Donnell. Former President Rüütel is a non-executive advisor to President Viktor Yushchenko, and also serves as a Senior Special Fellow of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.

Honoured guests in UN HouseOn September 14, 2007 former President of Estonia H.E. Mr. Arnold Rüütel met the UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine Mr. Francis M. O'Donnell. Former President Rüütel is a non-executive advisor to President Viktor Yushchenko, and also serves as a Senior Special Fellow of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.

Participating in the meeting with UN Resident Coordinator O'Donnell and former President Rüütel was H.E. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Estonia in Ukraine H.E. Mr. Jaan Hein.

During the meeting in UN House, the participants discussed the current political situation and the context of ongoing efforts at reform and deepening democracy, as well as progress in the implementation of UN system activities in Ukraine. He was also provided with the Responsible Business Directory - a comprehensive publication of the UN Global Compact Network in Ukraine launched on September 19 in Kyiv. The discussion also included comparisons of the development processes of Ukraine and Estonia and exchange of views on priority areas to be addressed in improving living standards and addressing social inclusion issue in Ukraine.

Earlier this year, Mr. Rüütel met with the members of UN Country Team in Ukraine including UNICEF Representative Mr. Jeremy Hartley, UNAIDS Country Coordinator Dr. Anna Shakarishvili, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Ms. Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecka, IOM Head of Mission Mr. Jeff Labovitz , UNODC Regional HIV/AIDS Advisor Dr. Zaza Tsereteli as well as UN Coordination Specialist Ms. Ruken Tekes-Calikusu. Mr. Rüütel spoke about the Decentralized Cooperation Programme of UNITAR that provides training to local actors in order to enhance their capacity to implement international conventions and the Millennium Development Goals

For further information, please contact UN Communications Officer Ms. Veronika Vashchenko at veronika.vashchenko@un.org.ua, tel (+38 044) 254 0035.