Sexual and reproductive health services central among prerequisites for eradicating global poverty
Sexual and reproductive health rights and services must be included among general health-related questions and the promotion of gender equality,” says Senior Adviser on Development Policy Iina Älli. Three questions about development cooperation is a series of interviews with specialists from the Department for Development Policy.
Finland has prominent role in UN's High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
Prime Minister Sanna Marin and UN Secretary-General António Guterres will give a speech at a meeting which will review the global progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Minister Marin will also present Finland's 2030 Agenda Voluntary National Review to the UN.
Cooperation and international support to support peace and development in the Horn of Africa
EOn 8 July, at a meeting convened by Finland, EU foreign ministers discussed the situation in the Horn of Africa. The video conference, chaired by Minister for Foreign Affairs Haavisto, sought to strengthen countries’ shared situational picture of measures that would improve international cooperation to support the region.
Travel restrictions are further relaxed but non-essential travel should still be avoided
Finland allows recreational travel to Finland from those European countries where the number of coronavirus infections is at a sufficiently low level. People are able to travel to these countries and to return to Finland from them without self-isolation. On 15 June, the restrictions on non-essential travel were lifted for Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania and Norway and will be lifted on 13 July for Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Malta, the Netherlands, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, and the Vatican.
New Ambassadors to Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok
At the presidential session on 26 June, the President of the Republic decided to appoint Sami Leino to the post of Head of Mission at Finland's Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and Jyri Järviaho to the post of Head of Mission at Finland's Embassy in Bangkok, starting on 1 September 2020.
Government plans to lift restrictions on tourism
The Government plans to lift the internal border control from 13 July for those countries where the incidence of COVID-19 is at a sufficiently low level. Based on the current development of the epidemic, internal border control could be lifted for the following countries: Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland.
Transparency of Finland’s development aid remains average in donor transparency index
The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs ranked 29th among the 47 donors in the aid transparency index for 2020, which is published by Publish What You Fund. The transparency points of Finland’s development aid increased slightly, but the rating remained average and the ranking fell as other organisations improved their transparency relatively more.
Uzbekistan-Finland Intergovernmental Commission of Trade and Economic Cooperation supports trade, investments and project cooperation
The Intergovernmental Commission of Trade and Economic Cooperation between Finland and Uzbekistan held a video conference on 16 June 2020. The Commission was co-chaired by Finland’s Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari and Uzbekistan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade Sardor Umurzakov.
Everyone has the right to leave Finland; however, non-essential travel should be avoided
Coronavirus and its spread are still a global risk. Starting on 15 June, internal border control and quarantine recommendations will change in respect of certain countries, but it is recommended to avoid non-essential travel to other countries. The changes will apply to travel to Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Although Finland has abandoned internal border controls and quarantine recommendations for certain countries, the country of destination may have its own restrictions on the entry of tourists. Always check the up-to-date entry regulations from the authorities of the country of destination, for example from the country’s nearest mission.
Evaluation: Finland is globally influential in multilateral development cooperation
A comprehensive assessment of Finland’s multilateral influence shows that Finland has been able to make a significant contribution to the activities of multilateral organisations and to promote themes that it considers important globally.
Hearing the voice of developing countries on global tax policy
Finland's new Taxation for Development Action Programme 2020–2023 was published on 9 June. The speakers in the online publishing event commended the demand for tax responsibility and emphasised strengthening Africa’s own taxation capacity and listening to the voices of developing countries when it comes to global tax policy.
The pandemic underscores the importance of Internet freedom
Fighting the pandemic requires access to factual information on the Internet. How to bridge the divide between the digital haves and have-nots? How to defend the rule of law and human rights in these exceptional times? These were some of the questions debated in the panel discussion marking the publication of the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) Joint Statement on COVID-19 and Internet Freedom.
Hunger slows down development – food security is the foundation for the development of society
Food security lies at the heart of the development of societies and is one of the factors guaranteeing civil peace, says Sanna-Liisa Taivalmaa, Senior Adviser for Rural Development. Three questions about development cooperation is a series of interviews with specialists from the Department for Development Policy.