Foreign Ministry's theme at the World Village Festival: "Climate work through development cooperation"

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will be present at the World Village Festival on Sunday 29 May. At the weekend, the events at the Market Square and Tiivistämö in the Suvilahti area will focus on the boundaries of our planet.

People at the World Village Festival
The Foreign Ministry's stand can be found near the Allas Sea Pool on the Market Square, where the Festival’s traditional Market of Possibilities will be built this year. In a discussion organised by the Foreign Ministry, participants will consider solutions to climate change. Photo: Tanja Ryhänen/World Village Festival

In a discussion organised by the Foreign Ministry, participants will consider solutions to climate change. How can people in Africa and Asia see the climate crisis in their lives? What can we do to ensure that the Global South will be able to tackle the consequences of climate change? Common problems require common solutions.

Izidine Pinto, a Mozambican climate researcher, and Patricia Kombo, a Kenyan climate activist, who represent the voice of the Global South, will participate in the discussion remotely. Climate activist Sara Nyman, and Ambassador for Climate Change Jan Wahlberg from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will bring Finland’s perspective to the discussion.

The discussion will be hosted by Liselott Lindström. She has worked as a reporter in Africa.

The discussion session entitled “Solving the climate crisis together” will be held at Tiivistämö on 29 May at 13.00–13.30. The discussion will be in English. People can attend the event at Tiivistämö or follow discussions via live streaming on the festival’s website(layout.types.url.description).

 

Ministry for Foreign Affairs in the Market of Possibilities

The Foreign Ministry's stand can be found near the Allas Sea Pool on the Market Square, where the Festival’s traditional Market of Possibilities will be built this year. More than 50 exhibitors representing authorities, civil society organisations and businesses will be present at the Market of Possibilities.

At the stand you can learn how climate change affects the Global South and how Finland promotes climate action through development cooperation.

Visitors can also express their views on how Finland could best support the Global South in climate change adaptation and mitigation. Additionally, you can take part in a quiz after which the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will award product prizes among the participants.

You can also pick up the latest issue of Kehitys magazine free of charge. The Foreign Ministry’s stand on the Market Square will be open on Sunday 29 May at 11.00–19.00.

 

Sara Levänen

The writer works as a trainee at the Department for Communications of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

 

The World Village Festival

The World Village Festival is a free annual event focusing on sustainable development, held in Helsinki in late May. The World Village Festival 2022 will focus on seeking feasible solutions for people to live sustainably within the limits of our planet. What kind of change do we need to ensure sustainable living conditions for all, also in future? How could I as an individual be involved in bringing change?

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is one of the main partners of the festival. The event is organised by Fingo. Other main partners include Maailman Kuvalehti, Lutheran Church in Helsinki, the Representation of the European Commission in Finland and the European Parliament Information Office in Finland.