Finland grants additional funding to African Development Fund
Finland will participate in the replenishment cycle of the African Development Fund and in the reinforcing of the Fund’s work in the coming years, especially with regard to climate change adaptation. The African Development Fund helps the poorest African countries in coping with the many coinciding crises and in recovering from them.
Finland supports energy supply to schools, early education centres and hospitals in Ukraine
Finland will grant EUR 4.5 million in additional support to help Ukraine’s energy sector. The support will be used to address acute energy needs in schools, early education centres and hospitals and to develop the country’s energy efficiency in the longer term.
Finland supports sexual and reproductive health services for women and girls in Somalia
Finland’s additional support will help the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) provide mobile health services, safe births and family planning for women who have been forced from their homes by the drought and food crisis in Somalia.
Government proposal on Finland’s accession to NATO submitted to Parliament
The Finnish Government submitted a proposal on Finland’s accession to NATO to Parliament on 5 December. The consultation on the draft proposal generated about 1,600 responses. The Government reviewed the proposal based on the responses and supplemented the rationale with specifications concerning cooperation between the Government and the President of the Republic, Parliament’s role in the handling of NATO matters and in making decisions on them, and the status of Åland Islands under international law.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs has concluded cooperation negotiations at Service Centre for Entry Permits in Kouvola
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has concluded the cooperation negotiations it initiated at the Service Centre for Entry Permits in Kouvola in October 2022. As a result, 17 public-service employment relationships will be terminated on a voluntary basis.
Exceptional interest in Finland: NATO has boosted Finland’s country image
Almost half of the respondents to an international country image survey indicated that their perception of Finland improved during the last year. Finland’s NATO membership process has greatly contributed to increasing Finland’s visibility abroad and to improving perceptions of Finland.
Addis Ababa is centre for African diplomacy
Finland’s Ambassador in Addis Ababa Outi Holopainen says that while her daily life is sometimes tense in Ethiopia, it is also extremely rewarding. Addis Ababa houses the African Union’s headquarters, which in a way makes it the centre of African diplomacy.
Foreign Minister Haavisto to OSCE Ministerial Council in Łódź, Poland
Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto will attend the Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which will be held in Łódź, Poland, on 30 November–1 December. Poland holds the OSCE Chairpersonship in 2022.
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.