Yesterday, 2 February, Estonian Ambassador to UNESCO Priit Pallum presented his credentials to the Director-General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay.
In the conversation following the presentation ceremony, Pallum and Azoulay discussed Estonia’s priority issues in UNESCO, such as the protection of cultural heritage, conventions on education and research cooperation, as well as advancing human rights and gender equality. Ambassador Pallum underlined the important role of UNESCO in the protection of journalists and freedom of speech and reaffirmed Estonia’s support for the organisation’s mandate.
Ambassador Pallum graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Tartu in 1989 and he has been working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1991. Between 1998 and 1999, he was the Estonian Ambassador to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva, and Estonia’s Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation. Between 2000 and 2002, he was the Undersecretary for External Economic Policy and Consular Affairs, and then served as the Estonian Ambassador to the Netherlands until 2006. Pallum then became the Director of the External Economic and Development Cooperation Department.
From 2010, Pallum was the Estonian Ambassador to Hungary and Croatia, and from 2011 to Slovenia. From 2018 to 2021, he was the Estonian ambassador to Greece, Cyprus and Albania. Last year, President Kersti Kaljulaid confirmed him as the ambassador to the OECD and UNESCO, and he is based in Paris.