Finland bears responsibility on eve of UN Climate Change Conference and supports developing countries’ adaptation to climate change
Finland bears its responsibility as part of the climate finance pledge of the Paris Agreement. At the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Finland will announce support for adaptation measures in developing countries in particular. The COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference will be held in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November 2021.
Foreign Minister Haavisto to attend Foreign Affairs Council meeting
EU foreign ministers will convene in Luxembourg on Monday 18 October. The main items on the agenda will be the EU’s Eastern Partnership, Ethiopia, the Persian Gulf and Nicaragua. Topical issues on the agenda will include Afghanistan, climate diplomacy, Tunisia and the Western Balkans.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs appointed a working group to assess the need to amend the Act on the Making of Decisions Concerning the Provision of and Request for International Assistance
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has appointed a working group to assess the need to amend the Act on the Making of Decisions Concerning the Provision of and Request for International Assistance (418/2017). The working group will prepare the necessary legislative amendments based on the lessons learned from the evacuation operation in Afghanistan.
MFA of Finland and EDUFI: Centre of Expertise in Education and Development to help in resolving the global learning crisis
The Centre of Expertise, newly established under the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI), will strengthen Finland’s role in resolving the global learning crisis. The Centre will facilitate the deployment of Finnish education sector expertise in development cooperation and support efforts to strengthen equitable and inclusive quality education in developing countries. At the same time, it will also facilitate the engagement of Finnish actors in the education sector in development cooperation assignments.
Finnish-Russian Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation to meet in Helsinki
The 16th meeting of the Finnish-Russian Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation will be held in Helsinki on 14 October 2021. The Commission is co-chaired by Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari and Russia’s Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov. The meeting will address issues related to business environment in Finland and Russia, potential sectors of cooperation, and current topics of the Commission’s working groups. The ministers will also meet representatives of Finnish and Russian companies.
Respond to the European Commission’s questionnaire on the Blocking Statute (Anti-Boycott Regulation)
The European Commission hopes to receive a large number of responses to its questionnaire concerning the so-called Anti-Boycott Regulation. The questionnaire will be open until midnight on 4 November 2021 Finnish time.
The #Munvaikutus campaign of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs raises awareness of the results achieved through development cooperation and shows how everyone in Finland participates in the cooperation
Did you know that you have collaborated with people living in Nepal, Somalia and Kenya and thus supported girls’ schooling, journalists’ training and job creation? You may be surprised, but that is all right. Development cooperation produces effective results, but we Finns know quite little about them. On 11 October, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will launch a campaign that will clarify the achievements of Finland’s development cooperation.
Study: Geographical location and contact networks affect employment of women in developing countries
A recent study indicates that geographical location can play a major role in whether or not young women are employed. Education and contact networks support women in different ways in urban and rural areas.
New publication by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs: Finland benefits from supporting multilateral international cooperation
Strengthening multilateral cooperation is a key long-standing objective of Finland's foreign policy. A new publication of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, issued in August 2021, underscores Finland’s commitment to both multilateral international cooperation, the rules-based approach and international law. It also presents examples of Finland’s strengths and opportunities.
UN Conference in Helsinki seeks new solutions to the problems of the least developed countries
The world’s poorest countries are most severely affected by crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. This week, the UN LDC Future Forum will bring together leading scientists, policymakers and development practitioners in Helsinki to discuss new solutions for boosting global development.
Minister Skinnari to visit Paris and Stuttgart
Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari will visit France and Germany on 4–8 October 2021. In Paris, Minister Skinnari will attend the annual OECD Ministerial Council Meeting and meet key French ministers and business representatives. In Stuttgart, Skinnari will participate in the business forum on the future of the automotive industry. The programme includes meetings with key German companies, and decision-makers from the state of Baden-Württemberg.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Haavisto to visit Poland
Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto will visit Warsaw, Poland on 4–5 October. In Warsaw, Minister Haavisto will participate in an annual panel discussion on security and the strategic situation in Eastern Europe organised by the Warsaw Security Forum.