Government Report on Finnish Foreign and Security Policy 2020 – security and global responsibility sharing go hand in hand
Today, on 29 October 2020, the Government adopted the Government Report on Finnish Foreign and Security Policy and submitted it to Parliament. The report, being drawn up once during each government term, assesses Finland's foreign and security policy operating environment and defines the goals and priorities for Finland's actions within the next few years. Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto considers it important that the Finnish foreign and security policy strengthens Finland's security and prosperity in a situation where our operating environment is in an intense state of flux. “Global challenges, such as climate change and pandemics, require global responsibility sharing. Common solutions to global challenges can efficiently be sought only within the rules-based international system.”
Foreign Ministry’s information security awarded with certification
The information security and risk management practices of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs have been assessed from the perspective of leadership, information systems, everyday work, documentation and continuous development for the purposes of ISO 27001 certification.
International community’s Responsibility to Protect starts when states fail to prevent atrocity crimes
The Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) is the last available measure when a state fails to protect its population against extensive atrocity crimes. Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005, the RtoP is based on a political commitment to prevent genocides, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs publication Suomi ja suojeluvastuu – Viisitoista vuotta suojeluvastuuperiaatteen hyväksymisestä (Finland and the Responsibility to Protect: 15 years since adopting the principle of the Responsibility to Protect) is based on the policy adopted in 2016. As Finland’s national contact person in the global RtoP network, Ambassador Marja Lehto was responsible for the compilation of the publication.
Twinning: Cooperation in education sector in Moldova during COVID-19 crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic, which erupted in the spring, has placed ongoing Twinning projects in a new situation, which led to the introduction of digital tools and reorganisation of activities. Many projects have been suspended due to the COVID-10 crisis. One of these is the Enhancing the quality and effectiveness of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system, a Twinning project carried out in Moldova by Finland together with Estonia and Lithuania.
Good news: Improved food security and access to clean water in remote areas in Nepal
In the Far West regions of Nepal, food security has improved significantly through the Rural Village Water Resources Management Project, supported by Finland and the EU. Irrigation systems and innovative farming methods have contributed to diversified food production and higher crop yields. The municipalities covered by the project are located in the most remote, driest and poorest regions in Nepal.
Finland published its positions on public international law in cyberspace
Cyberspace is a global domain of information systems, where electronic data is processed using information technology. The special features of cyberspace may raise questions relating to the practical application of certain provisions of public international law. It is therefore important to take part in close international cooperation and to exchange views about how, in certain questions, international law regulates States’ use of information and communication technologies. That is why Finland is now joining the group of States that have publicly expressed their positions on international law in cyberspace.
Girls’ access to education effects the whole society
“Girls’ and boys’ equal access to education has fundamental impacts on developments in societies and on individuals’ opportunities to advance in life,” says Kati Bhose, Special Adviser on Development Policy at Finland’s Embassy in Nepal. Three questions about development cooperation is a series of interviews with specialists in the Foreign Service
Changes to travel guidance and entry restrictions due to COVID-19 situation
According to the Government decision made in September, restrictions on entry may be lifted for traffic between Finland and those EU and Schengen countries and the counties on the green list specified by the Council of the EU where the incidence of COVID-19 has not exceeded 25 new cases per 100,000 persons in the previous 14 days. The Government assesses the situation in different countries once a week. This news article will be updated with changes to the guidance and restrictions.
Preparation of Finland’s Africa strategy launched together with stakeholders
Stakeholder consultations on Finland's Africa strategy started on Wednesday 30 September 2020. A public online event was attended by more than 300 people interested in the development of the relations between Africa and Finland. The event’s strong message was that the relations between Finland and Africa should be expanded to include not only development cooperation but also political and economic cooperation.
Pandemic poses new demands for peace processes
As part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs supports a discussion event, entitled Multilateralism, Peace and Security – Strengthening the Rules-Based Multilateral Framework to Sustain Peace. The event is co-organised by the World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid (WLA CdM) and Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) and held on 6–8 October 2020.
Minister for Foreign Affairs at the Biodiversity Summit: mainstreaming climate action and biodiversity into all human activities
”Climate change and biodiversity need to be mainstreamed in all policy planning and budgeting,” said Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto, in the concluding remarks of his statement at the UN Biodiversity Summit on Wednesday 30 September. Finland keeps a high profile in biodiversity matters at the UN General Assembly: President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö signed the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature to protect biodiversity and Foreign Minister Haavisto stressed the importance of biodiversity at the Leaders Event for Nature and People Meeting organized by WWF on Monday 28 September.
Joint statement by Foreign Ministers of Estonia, Finland and Sweden
Foreign Minister of Estonia Urmas Reinsalu, Foreign Minister of Finland Pekka Haavisto and Foreign Minister of Sweden Ann Linde have agreed that in case of a new significant information on the catastrophe of the M/S Estonia that has not been reported before, Estonia, Finland and Sweden will jointly assess the new information.
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