Foreign Ministry’s repatriation flights have ended
The repatriation flights arranged by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs as a result of the COVID-19 crisis have ended. Altogether 16 flights were carried out, with a total of 3,227 tourists returning to Finland or through Finland to their home country in Europe. Around 2,000 of the passengers on the flights were tourists returning to Finland.
Finland strengthens support for Venezuelan migrants and refugees
Speaking at the International Donors Conference in solidarity with Venezuelan migrants and refugees in the countries of the region on 26 May 2020, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto announced that Finland will provide additional EUR 200,000 as support for Venezuelan refugees living in Colombia. The support will be channelled through the Inter-American Development Bank.
Finland’s work in health security sector gains global recognition
Finland’s expertise and active contribution to health security is acknowledged by the WHO and internationally. Assessments of different countries’ capacity to handle health emergencies were launched during Finland’s chairmanship of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). The process continues and work is effective.
There is no sustainable development and democracy without free civil societies
Civil society has played a key role in Finland's development. In a similar vein, civil society organisations’ contribution is needed in developing countries, says Anu Ala-Rantala, senior officer of the Unit for Civil Society. In our series entitled ‘Three questions about development cooperation’, we ask Foreign Service specialists about their work.