State Secretary Sumuvuori's visit to the Philippines covers topics from bilateral cooperation to regional matters
State Secretary Johanna Sumuvuori visited the Philippines on 23–26 January. Sumuvuori attended the reopening of the Finnish Embassy in Manila and met Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Philippines Enrique Manalo. She also led the political consultations between Finland and the Philippines together with Undersecretary for Bilateral Relations and ASEAN Affairs Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro at the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines.
Central Asian countries are getting back on their feet
The Central Asian countries are rich in extractives and renewable energy sources. Sustainable and responsible use of these resources is one of the key factors determining the future of these countries, according to Ilkka Räisänen, Finland’s Roving Ambassador for Central Asia.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs at Educa: Supporting education in crisis areas
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will be at Educa education and training event at the Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre Messukeskus from 27 to 28 January. At the Ministry’s stand 6n50, visitors can hear accounts of how Finland and the EU are supporting education in in the world’s crisis areas. Publications of the Foreign Ministry are available free of charge at the stand.
Live webcast: Press Conference of Denmark’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Lars Løkke Rasmussen and and Foreign Minister Haavisto
Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto will meet Denmark’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Lars Løkke Rasmussen in Helsinki on 20 January. Follow the live webcast of the press conference on the Foreign Ministry's YouTube channel at 19.10.
Light at end of tunnel for Zambia
Zambia’s current administration is renewing the country’s political operating culture and trying to solve the economic problems inherited from the previous administration. The focus of the cooperation between Finland and Zambia has shifted towards stronger trade relations, according to Finland’s Ambassador to Zambia Saana Halinen.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs helps Finns in distress abroad
In 2022, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the missions abroad provided consular services to a total of approximately 256,000 customers. The demand for advisory services, in particular, continued to grow. During the year, the ministry’s 24/7 service received more than 8,000 contacts in total.
Investigating alleged misuse of funds among key principles of Finland’s development cooperation
Misuse of development cooperation funds has been the subject of much public debate recently. One of Finland’s key principles is to investigate all alleged misuse of funds and to recover any misappropriated funds, according to Director General of the Department for Development Policy Titta Maja-Luoto.
Ministers Haavisto and Skinnari to attend World Economic Forum in Davos
Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto and Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari will attend the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. Minister Haavisto will be in Davos from 17 to 19 January and Minister Skinnari from 17 to 18 January.
Barents Euro-Arctic Council Working Group of Indigenous Peoples met Finnish Barents Euro-Arctic Council Chairman Minister Haavisto
The practical cooperation of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) is carried out by working groups in various fields, including the Working Group on Indigenous Peoples in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region. The Working Group has a special role in Barents cooperation: in addition to its operational role, it serves as an advisory body for the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (government level) and the Barents Regional Council.