Messages from civil society to Minister for Foreign Affairs an important element of Finland’s preparations for autumn session of UN Human Rights Council
Representatives of civil society organisations met at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in early September to exchange views with Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto on Finland’s objectives and priorities in the 51st session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Consultation events under the lead of the Minister for Foreign Affairs prior to the UNHRC sessions is an integral part of Finland’s preparations for its membership in the Council.
EU wants to ban products made with forced labour on the EU market
The European Commission proposes regulation that would effectively combat forced labour. According to the Commission, it is unacceptable that goods produced by people who have been threatened or forced to work are sold in European shops. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment will organise a stakeholder event on EU proposal on forced labour on September 29.
Finland proposes a European Commission recommendation on visa annulment if a Schengen country refuses entry of Russian nationals
Finland calls for a recommendation that allow Schengen countries, when they refuse entry of Russian nationals at their border, to either annul or revoke a person’s visa or impose an entry ban on them in accordance with ordinary Schengen practices.
Finnish Internet Forum to discuss freedom of speech and regulation
The Finnish Internet Forum will be held on Thursday 29 September 2022, after a break of three years. The themes of the event include the impacts that giant platform economy companies may have on freedom of speech and EU regulation concerning the internet.
UN high-level week is barometer for international relations
World leaders are meeting again in the high-level week of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York. The week is an opportunity for Finland to reinforce partnerships, to emphasise the significance of the UN and multilateral cooperation in addressing global problems and to highlight themes that are important for Finland’s foreign and security policy.
Climate is also a security policy issue
“The fight for natural resources is a common trigger for conflict in many places. When I was in Uganda, I saw what an immense impact climate change and loss of biodiversity have on people’s lives,” says Anna Merrifield, Director of the recently created Unit for Climate and Environmental Diplomacy at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Ministers Haavisto and Skinnari to attend high-level week of UN General Assembly in New York
The high-level meetings of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77) will start in New York on Monday 19 September. Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto and Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari will attend ministerial events in New York and have bilateral meetings with their counterparts and with representatives of the UN. Minister Skinnari also has Team Finland programme.
Equitable use of natural resources supports democracy in Mozambique
Liquefied natural gas, gold, precious stones and graphite. Mozambique on the southern coast of Africa has a long and impressive list of natural resources. Since 2017, Finland has been supporting Mozambique’s Parliament and regional parliaments in promoting equitable use of revenues from gas and extractive industry.
Evaluation: Finland’s humanitarian assistance is relevant to people in need
An independent evaluation indicates that Finland’s humanitarian assistance is meeting the needs of people in emergency settings and that Finland has been successful in advancing gender equality and the rights of persons with disabilities. Understaffing and rigid administrative procedures, among other matters, are identified as Finland’s weaknesses.
Tangerines, soap and sea buckthorn juice – development cooperation boosts rural businesses in Nepal
The Rural Village Water Resources Management Project in the Far West region of Nepal ends this autumn. It succeeded in its goal of reducing poverty. In addition to improving access to water, the development cooperation project promoted livelihoods and rural business development.
Water management project in Nepal improved position of women, girls and marginalised Dalits
The Rural Village Water Resources Management Project in the Far West regions of Nepal succeeded in improving the rights and livelihoods of women, girls and disadvantaged groups. Development cooperation addressed a number of gender equality issues.
Water management project in Nepal improved lives of hundreds of thousands of people
In 2006–2022, the Rural Village Water Resources Management Project in the Far West regions of Nepal brought clean water to more than 600,000 people. At the same time, it promoted health and food security, advanced the rights of women and minorities, and improved economic livelihoods.