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The Ministry for Foreign Affairs announces a call for proposals aimed at international non-governmental organisations (INGOs). The call for proposals is open from 18 February to 21 March 2019. In this way, Finland will use development cooperation funds to support INGO development cooperation projects and the realisation of human rights.
The EU Regulation on simplifying the requirements for presenting certain public documents in the European Union will become applicable on 16 February 2019. The Regulation aims to reduce formalities and costs related to the acceptance of documents such as marriage and birth certificates.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will be at the education and training sector Educa 2019, organised at the Expo and Convention Centre, Messukeskus Helsinki, on 25–26 January. At the Ministry's stand 6n50, visitors are offered information, publications and discussion events on the EU and development policy.
Students at the Helsinki School of Natural Sciences, Upper Secondary School, more familiarly known as Hellu, have been able to take part in a unique course on the Arctic region that is being carried out in cooperation with many subjects. The topics discussed on the course this academic year have included, among others, the Arctic Council, the indigenous peoples of the Arctic region, protection of the Arctic forests and climate change. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has been involved in composing the course from the beginning.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has published the results of the job satisfaction survey of 2018. Job satisfaction remained at the same level as in the previous year. In the Ministry, the figures correspond to the average survey results in central government. On the scale of school grades, job satisfaction is eight on average.
A group of education sector directors from Ethiopia visited the Vesala comprehensive school in Helsinki. The visitors were interested in the daily work of Finnish teachers and particularly in the school lunch, which they were also served. The visit is an integral element of Finland’s development cooperation aimed at developing the education sector in Ethiopia.
Finland will support the work of the United Nations equality organisation, UN Women, in Nepal by EUR 4 million in 2018–2021. The funding will be used to enhance women’s economic empowerment and political participation and to support poverty eradication in Nepal.
Following the decision of Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Anne-Mari Virolainen, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has granted EUR 18 million to development cooperation projects led by civil society organisations and municipalities. In this year’s call for proposals, project support will be granted to 36 organisations.
The number of refugees in the world is on the rise. How are families and children going about their daily lives in a refugee camp? The 360-degree video jointly produced by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Finnish Red Cross is set in the Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya.
The five-year renovation project on the Finnish Embassy in New Delhi, designed by architects Raili and Reima Pietilä, is now complete. The reopening of the embassy was celebrated end of November, when Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Anne-Mari Virolainen officially inaugurated the renovated complex.
The EU and China exchanged market access offers in the summit held in July. So far the parties have acquainted themselves with the offers and are now moving on to improving them. The negotiations have been going on since 2013.
On Friday 23 November, the President of the Republic appointed Counsellor for Foreign Affairs Tuomas Tapio to serve as Head of Mission at the Permanent Delegation of Finland to the OECD in Paris, starting on 1 January 2019.
CMI and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will hold this year’s Ahtisaari Days on 15 November in Espoo. During the event, youth from Espoo will learn about peace mediation. The programme will culminate with a public event, whose participants will include former President Martti Ahtisaari.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini and Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland met on 8 November to discuss the upcoming Finnish Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The website of the Finnish Presidency was opened on the same day.
The application period for discretionary government transfers for Europe information is now open to civil society organisations. The goal of the grants is to increase awareness about the EU. Applications will be accepted until 7 December.
Finland aims to grant additional support for climate action in the least developed countries (LDCs) and for the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF for Africa), which addresses the root causes of irregular migration. The Government's second supplementary budget proposal for this year includes an additional allocation of EUR 4.5 million to development cooperation appropriations.
The EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement was signed in Brussels on 19 October 2018 and is expected to enter into force in early 2019. Singapore is Finland’s and the EU’s largest trading partner in Southeast Asia. The free trade agreement will dismantle technical trade obstacles, remove customs duties and open up opportunities in the public procurement market.
Australia will join the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA). Accession to the Agreement will give European businesses better access to Australia’s public procurement market and improve legal certainty.
In mid-November, Finland will begin its term as Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. “The European human rights system is facing a new challenge: artificial intelligence,” says Ambassador Satu Mattila-Budich.
The Informal Ministerial Network for the International Criminal Court (ICC) describes the adoption of the Rome Statute in 1998 as a moment of collective commitment to the fight against impunity and underscores the necessity of making the Rome Statute a universal treaty. Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini is one of more than 30 members of the network.
At its session on 27 September, the Government appointed Counsellor for Foreign Affairs Tanja Jääskeläinen to the position of Deputy Director General of the Political Department for a fixed term from 1 October 2018 to 31 August 2022. Likewise, the Government appointed Counsellor for Foreign Affairs Anu Saarela to the position of Deputy Director General of the Legal Service for a fixed term from 1 January 2019 to 31 August 2023.
The side event organised by Finland discusses climate change adaptation and the sustainable use of natural resources from the perspective of women. Speakers at the event include a number of leading figures from UN organizations, as well as President Tarja Halonen.