Minister for Foreign Affairs Haavisto visited Ukraine
Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto visited Kyiv, Ukraine, on 28 November together with Nordic and Baltic foreign ministers. In Kyiv, the foreign ministers met the President and the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, among others, and reaffirmed their countries’ firm support to Ukraine.
Finland mainly successful in influencing EU development policy
According to a recent evaluation, Finland’s influencing towards the EU’s development policy has been relevant and successful. However, the evaluation identified deficiencies, too, such as gaps in the strategic guidance of activities at different levels.
Draft decree on Foreign Service’s fees for services in 2023 sent out for comments
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs requests opinions on the draft Decree of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on Fees for Services Produced by the Foreign Service in 2023. The consultation round will be open until 7 December 2022. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs proposes an increase of EUR 20 to the fee for the EU Emergency Travel Document (ETD) issued to EU citizens.
Ukraine is fighting for survival
Ukraine will survive the war through its great determination and with the help of external assistance, according to Finland’s Ambassador in Kyiv Jaakko Lehtovirta. He says that the country that eventually emerges after the war will be very different from the Ukraine we knew before 2014.
Minister Skinnari to visit London to discuss trade policy and sustainable development solutions
Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari will visit London on 24 November. Minister Skinnari will meet the United Kingdom’s Minister of State at the Department for International Trade Greg Hands and Minister of State in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Andrew Mitchell.
Foreign Minister Haavisto to meet French Foreign Minister in Paris
Minister for Foreign Affairs Haavisto will visit Paris on 23 November. He will meet Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France Catherine Colonna and President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the French National Assembly Jean-Louis Bourlanges.
Climate Change Conference in Egypt advanced goals of least developed countries
Finland’s Ambassador for Climate Change Jan Wahlberg says that while the Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Egypt has been criticised for its weak results, progress was nevertheless made to help the world’s poorest countries stricken by climate disasters. Future conferences of the parties will decide on the structure of the fund and its sources of finance.
Accessible toilets to Ethiopia with Finland’s support
Finland is supporting the COWASH project in Ethiopia to improve access to safe water supply, sanitation and hygiene. In recent years, the development cooperation project has focused especially on creating accessible toilets and washing facilities.
Development cooperation has produced significant results in Nepal
Nepal and Finland have a long history of development cooperation that dates back to the 1980s. Long-term development cooperation has helped Nepal reduce poverty, improve literacy and give almost everyone access to clear drinking water, according to Finland’s Ambassador to Nepal Riina-Riikka Heikka.
Crisis Management NOW: Discussions on conflicts and peacebuilding in changed security situation
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs together with its partners will organise a Crisis Management NOW event focusing on crisis management and peacebuilding. The event will take place in the Wanha Satama conference centre in Katajanokka on Tuesday 29 November. It will be open to all and free of charge.
Regular Foreign Ministry survey: more than half of Russians positive towards Finland
More than half of Russians still have a positive attitude towards Finland, according to a country image survey carried out by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. However, the proportion of Russians who are positive towards Finland has dropped compared to previous years. Finland and Finnishness are associated with nature, quality and a high standard of living. The best-known Finns in Russia are Ville Haapasalo, Mika Häkkinen and Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim.
Follow discussion online: Who determines the sexual and reproductive health and rights of persons with disabilities?
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Family Federation of Finland and the Disability Partnership Finland will organise a discussion event on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of persons with disabilities at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on 17 November.
International conference to discuss promotion of gender equality through foreign policy
Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto has convened an international conference to discuss gender equality promotion and feminist foreign policy. The conference will take place at the House of the Estates in Helsinki on 16 November. The conference aims to share best practices on the content and means of foreign policy that promotes gender equality. Another aim is to encourage more discussion about feminist foreign policy in Finland. Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto commissioned a review on how Finland’s foreign policy has succeeded in promoting gender equality.
Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade of Finland to visit South Africa and Namibia
Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade of Finland Mr Ville Skinnari will lead a trade mission to South Africa and Namibia from 14 to 18 November. The programme of the visit includes meetings with representatives of South African and Namibian governments, central banks and businesses.