Policy Guidance on AI for Children piloted in different parts of the world
Policy Guidance on AI for Children, developed by the United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF in partnership with Finland, was piloted by companies and public sector operators around the world during 2021. The second version of the guidance will be drafted on the basis of the results of the piloting and published in November 2021.
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.
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.
Finland supports in-service teacher training in developing countries by funding World Bank’s Coach programme
The World Bank’s new Coach programme aims to improve learning outcomes by supporting teacher professional development (TPD) in developing countries. Finland supports the global part of the initiative and its piloting in Mozambique.
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.