The Ministry for Foreign Affairs participates World Village festival - the climate change as theme
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will participate in the World Village Festival next weekend, on 25–26 May. This year’s festival will take place at Rautatientori Square and Kaisaniemi Park close to the Central Railway Station, with climate change as the main theme.
Students planned the catering for the Arctic Council’s Ministerial Meeting
The 11th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting was held in Rovaniemi, Finland, on 7 May 2019. The meeting was hosted by Finland and chaired by Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini. The Foreign Ministers of all the Arctic States attended the meeting. The meetings were planned according to the green meetings concept. Catering is an essential part of sustainable meeting arrangements. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs worked in close cooperation with local service providers but and Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences.
Nina Vaskunlahti appointed Under-Secretary of State for external economic relations
At its session on 16 May, the Government decided to appoint a Counsellor for Foreign Affairs Nina Vaskunlahti to serve as Under-Secretary of State for external economic relations at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for a fixed term from 24 June 2019 to 31 August 2023.
Finland helps Afghanistan build better sanitation
Unicef’s Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene programme (WASH) has improved the quality of drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for hundreds of thousands of people in Afghanistan. Between 2017 and 2018, Finland contributed EUR 2 million to the programme.
Decisive moment for Finland's Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
Nina Nordström, Director of the Unit for Human Rights Policy at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, says that the Council of Europe plays an increasingly difficult role in promoting human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe. Nordström has piloted the Finnish Presidency of the Council of Europe together with team leader Merja Lahtinen throughout its six-month term.