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Baltic States have been commended by the United Nations Secretary-General for the progress they have made in using technology for development and in empowering women.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at a press conference in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, as he wrapped up his visit to the Baltic States on Monday.
He said he has "been inspired by this region's commitment to democracy, human rights and sustainable development".
"The Baltic countries" the Secretary-General added, "are small – but they are having a big impact in international politics and development and human rights."
"Baltic countries are showing how to use technology for development. And I applaud this region and leaders of this region for sharing their expertise on information technology with other countries. My visit also focused on empowering women. I always raise this issue with leaders. In the Baltic countries, I was encouraged by the progress you have made in working for greater equality, especially in political life."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who also visited Latvia and Estonia during his visit to the Baltic States, next goes to Poland.
There, he will pay tribute to the victims of Nazis at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp during the Second World War.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.