Investigation of possible misconduct at the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), headquartered in Copenhagen, has informed the Ministry for Foreign Affairs that an internal investigation has been initiated into possible misconduct by the Chief Executive of UNOPS Sustainable Investments in Infrastructure and Innovation (S3i) initiative.
Government report discusses changes in Finland’s security environment
On Wednesday 13 April, the Government adopted a report on changes in the security environment and submitted it to Parliament for consideration. The report assesses fundamental changes in Finland's foreign and security policy environment following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The report does not include any conclusions or present new security policy guidelines.
Finland provides assistance to 11 countries to ease food insecurity caused by Ukraine war
The war in Ukraine increases hunger and malnutrition in other parts of the world. Finland allocates EUR 26.1 million to domestic and international organisations for their humanitarian response in countries such as Somalia, Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Financial investments increased Finland’s development cooperation disbursements in 2021
On 12 April, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released preliminary data on development assistance by the EU Member States that are members of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC). Finland’s official development cooperation expenditure in 2021 amounted to EUR 1214 million. Compared to the previous year, the highest increase was reported in development policy investments.
Football was #1 topic about Finland in world press in 2021
Participation in the European Football Championships attracted the most attention for Finland around the world last year, according to a media review by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. At the same time, the top themes of previous years continued in the global press: Finland’s societal strengths, happiness and the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
EU imposes additional sanctions on Russia
The EU Member States approved further sanctions on 8 April 2022. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to a large-scale humanitarian emergency and mass migration. The European Union, together with its close partners, responded to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine by imposing new sanctions. The sanctions adopted on Friday 8 April complement the earlier sanctions package imposed by the EU on Russia’s actions.
EU foreign ministers to discuss Russian aggression against Ukraine
Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto will attend the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg on Monday 11 April 2022. The main topics on the agenda will be Russian aggression against Ukraine and the new European strategy ‘Global Gateway’.
International climate finance actors meet in Lahti: aim to respond to commitments made at COP26
Finland will organise a high-level meeting on adaptation finance in Lahti on 3–4 April. The purposes of adaptation finance include preparing for extreme weather events, such as droughts or floods. The meeting seeks to find a common direction to fulfil the commitments made in the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 and pave the way towards COP27 to be held in November 2022. The aim is also to expand the role of the private sector in the funding.
New direct flight connection to second largest US state, Texas, enables new growth for Finnish companies
Texas is known for its energy and technology industries, which makes it a promising export market for Finnish companies. Finnair’s new direct flight connection to Dallas is a sign of the growth potential. Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari will visit Texas and Washington from 27 March to 1 April 2022.
Finland publishes its plan for international climate finance: nearly twofold increase in funding
EU foreign ministers to meet in Brussels
Spain’s recovery package opens possibilities for business cooperation
European Court of Human Rights declares inadmissible allegation of discrimination against applicant for work-based residence permit
The Government prepares new report on changes in the current security environment, led by Minister for Foreign Affairs Haavisto
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a fundamental change has taken place in the security and operating environment of Finland and Europe. The Government has launched the preparation of a report assessing the foreign and security policy environment that has changed and the changing operating and security environment as well as their implications for Finland.