Finland's pledges and commitments for the candidacy to the UN Human Rights Council
Finland is proud to present its candidacy to a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2022–2024 term. Previously, Finland served as a member of the Human Rights Council for a period of one year starting in 2006, when the Council was newly established.
Mikko Kinnunen to serve as Special Representative of OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden Ann Linde, who is the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in 2021, has appointed Ambassador Mikko Kinnunen to serve as the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group. Kinnunen will take up his duties on 1 August.
Finland repatriated two children and one mother from Syria
On Friday 16 July 2021, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs repatriated two Finnish children and their mother from Roj camp in northeast Syria. All three persons are Finnish citizens. The children are under school age. They are now in the care of competent Finnish authorities.
The European Court of Human Rights annulled its judgment concerning Finland in the case of the return of an asylum-seeker to Iraq
On 13 July 2021, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) issued a decision, which annuls the Court’s previous judgment concerning Finland in the case of N.A. v. Finland relating to the return of an asylum-seeker to Iraq in its entirety.
Foreign Ministry at SuomiAreena
SuomiAreena 2021 will be held in hybrid format on 12–16 July. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will host two events. The theme of discussion on Tuesday 13 July will be the climate leap and the responsibility for climate change mitigation. On Wednesday 14 July, a panel discussion organised in collaboration with the Nordic Council of Ministers will address the current state of Nordic cooperation.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Haavisto to attend meeting of EU foreign ministers
Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto will attend the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on Monday 12 July. The main topics of discussion will be Ethiopia, the Strategic Compass, and the geopolitics of new digital technologies. In addition, the meeting will approve conclusions on a Globally Connected Europe. The foreign ministers will meet Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs at a working lunch and Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs at a working breakfast. Minister Haavisto will also attend a meeting of the Nordic and Baltic counties in NB6 format and a meeting of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany in the N3+1 format.
Finland in lead role in negotiating the Ministerial Declaration of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development on 6–15 July
This year, the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will focus on sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Finnish delegation will be headed by Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari.
Changes proposed to the prices of identity cards and passports issued by missions abroad
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has sent out for comments a proposal on amendments to the Decree of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on Fees for Services Produced by the Foreign Service. The consultation round will be open until 6 August 2021. According to the proposal, the prices of identity cards and passports issued by missions abroad would be raised by 6 euros and 55 euros respectively.
Sofie From-Emmesberger appointed Director General of the Department for Africa and the Middle East
In its session on Tuesday 29 June, the Government decided to appoint Counsellor for Foreign Affairs Sofie From-Emmesberger to serve as Director General of the Department for Africa and the Middle East for a fixed term from 15 October 2021 to 31 August 2025.