The first event in the TF Talks webinar series will discuss opportunities for European recovery
The key actors in the Team Finland network, that is, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Business Finland, Finnvera and the Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, will hold a series of Team Finland Talks webinars in autumn 2021.
UN high-level week begins – Finland’s programme focuses on COVID-19 pandemic, climate questions and human rights
The high-level week of the United Nations General Assembly, which marks an annual special event for global cooperation, begins on 20 September. The week provides Finland with an opportunity to strengthen its cooperative relations and to highlight themes that are important for foreign and security policy.
Travel recommendations to be updated for individual countries
In future, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will update its travel advice for each country individually. In our advice, we will continue to take into account the recommendations with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, issued by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, and the general security situation in the country in question.
Nordic, Baltic and Visegrád foreign ministers to meet in Finland – live webcast of the press conference
Finland is coordinating the cooperation between the Nordic countries and Baltic states in the Nordic–Baltic Eight (NB8) format in 2021. The NB8 foreign ministers’ meeting will be held on 15 September at Vanajanlinna, Hämeenlinna. The NB8 countries and the Visegrád Group (V4) will have a joint meeting at foreign ministerial level on the previous day, 14 September. The V4 countries are Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
UN Humanitarian Conference raises funding for responding to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan
Today, on 13 September 2021, the United Nations is organising a High-level Ministerial Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan. The UN estimates that approximately half of the population of the country need humanitarian assistance. Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari will represent Finland at the meeting.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs crowdsources part of its information security to hackers
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will launch a crowdsourced information security testing for some of its public online services on 22 September 2021. The so-called bug bounty program will be implemented in cooperation with Hackrfi, a company specialising in bug bounty program management. In the program, security researchers and hackers examine and scan vulnerabilities in selected targets, working subject to a set of clear boundaries. Participating hackers will be paid rewards based on eligible vulnerability reports.
The relief work in Afghanistan was a major joint effort
The rescue and evacuation operation in Afghanistan was in many ways unique and historic. Finland evacuated more than 400 people from Afghanistan in three weeks. This was possible through cooperation with national and international actors and between different departments of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The relief team at Kabul Airport played a key role, but the input of dozens of people both in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Helsinki and in many foreign missions was also required.
Finland presents its views to human rights organisations
Finland will participate in an online Human Rights Pledging Event held by international human rights organisations on Wednesday 8 September. At the event, the countries standing for candidacy for the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in 2022–2024 will reply to questions posed by the public, organisations and state representatives.
Finland and the EU support Ukrainian School Reform, which aims at improved quality of education system
The project was launched in 2018 and since then, for example, providers of teacher training have been trained, learning materials have been produced for speakers of Ukrainian as a second language, and a digital tool has been developed. At the start, the Ukrainian Government proposed cooperation to Finland as Finland's expertise in the education sector is widely recognised and appreciated.
National Action Plan on Youth, Peace and Security focuses on young people’s participation in peace work
Finland is the first country in the world to publish a National Action Plan for the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. Finland's National Action Plan was published on 20 August and it is available in Finnish, Swedish and English. An easy-to-read version of the text will be published later.
The achievements of development co-operation in Afghanistan will not be lost
Finland suspended its development cooperation with Afghanistan after Taliban took control of the country. However, the results of development cooperation in the past 20 years will not be lost, says Senior Specialist Merja Mäkelä.
Stepping up efforts to resolve the global learning crisis, exacerbated by COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has reversed progress in the global education goals by two decades. The crisis has dropped many children out of school and deteriorated the quality of education. Finnish development cooperation in the education sector tackles the global learning crisis by promoting the quality of education. Particular attention is paid to girls and to children and youth in the most vulnerable position.
Finland nominated its 1000th UN Junior Professional Officer
Finland has sponsored the United Nations Junior Professional Officers (JPO) Programme since 1965, encouraging young Finnish nationals to work in UN agencies and international financial and research institutions. The newly selected Finnish JPO will be posted to work in the UN Global Pulse innovation initiative.