TAIEX: Cooperation and development of skills
The European Union promotes the development of its neighbouring regions in various ways. One of the financial instruments is TAIEX, a short-term technical assistance and information exchange programme, which supports the development and reform of public administration and legislation in partner countries. TAIEX reaches between 25,000 and 30,000 officials each year.
Media event on the EU's Eastern Partnership in Helsinki
As part of the programme of Finland's Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the European Commission will co-organise a media event Stronger Together – Eastern Partnership Media Conference in Helsinki on 11–12 December. The aim of the event is to support the EU's Eastern Partnership (EaP) policy and to promote reforms, civil society activities and resilience of societies in the partner countries.
Finland punches above its weight in polar regions
The first of December marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty. In the early 20th century, seven countries (Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, New Zealand, Norway and the United Kingdom) staked a claim to some part of the territory of Antarctica. Some of those territorial claims overlapped.
Joint statement on joining INSTEX by Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden
Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden attach the utmost importance to the preservation and full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) on Iran’s nuclear programme by all parties involved.
Climate change calls for action in the Arctic region
Sustainable Arctic and Antarctic policies play an integral role in combating climate change. In the seventh part of the “Sustainable Foreign Policy” series, Petteri Vuorimäki, Finland’s Ambassador for Arctic and Antarctic Affairs, tells us about Finland’s expertise in dealing with cold conditions and its active role in polar policy. Arctic issues will also be discussed at the a Clean and Global North event at Finlandia Hall on 29 November.
Twinning: Finland to strengthen Albania’s Security Academy
Finland and Estonia will start to develop the Albanian Security Academy in a two-year Twinning project. The project supports the capacity of the Security Academy to provide high-quality security sector training and to carry out research activities. A joint tender by Finland and Estonia won the tender competition for the project.
Advancing gender equality is ever more important
Finland’s foreign policy aims to promote equality between women and men and support the full materialisation of girls’ and women’s rights. How is gender equality realised today? We asked Finland’s Ambassador for Gender Equality, Katri Viinikka, for her thoughts in this sixth part of the “Sustainable Foreign Policy” series.
Africa is an important partner
In recent years, African countries have increased their visibility in the eyes of the international community. This trend can be seen also in the priorities of the European Commission’s external relations and Finland’s foreign policy. In the fifth part of the “Sustainable Foreign Policy” series, Maria Kurikkala who leads the Africa Policy Team sheds light on the reasons underlying the current interest.
Turbulent autumn ahead for trade policy
The crisis in the multilateral trade system, the US–China trade war, and the promotion of the EU's wide interests have dominated the trade policy agenda during Finland’s six-month Presidency of the Council of the EU. What are the next topics to watch out for? We asked Pasi-Heikki Vaaranmaa, Director of the Trade Policy Unit at the Department for External Economic Relations at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, for his thoughts in this fourth part of the “Sustainable Foreign Policy” series.
The Geneva Conventions are still relevant — even 70 years after their adoption
The Finnish Red Cross, together with the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, organised a cross-disciplinary seminar in honour of the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions. The event was entitled “The humanity of law today and tomorrow”.
Importance of mediation is growing in the world
Finland is known around the world as a promoter of human rights, equality, democracy and the rule of law. But how is mediation reflected in the handling of Finland's external relations? We asked Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto for his thoughts in the third part of the “Sustainable Foreign Policy” series.
The Secretariat of the Antarctic Treaty is looking for rapporteurs
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is announcing that the Secretariat of the Antarctic Treaty is looking for rapporteurs (including trainee rapporteurs) for the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) to be held in Helsinki from 25 May to 4 June 2020. Under the guidance of the Secretariat, the rapporteurs will be responsible for keeping notes of the speeches and for reporting on the discussions held during the Consultative Meeting. Applicants are expected to have a solid knowledge of the Antarctic Treaty System and to have excellent oral and written skills in English.
Great results from the water supply and sanitation project in Nepal
A bilateral development cooperation project between Finland and Nepal has ended, having achieved excellent results. In the countryside of Western Nepal, availability of clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene have improved considerably in ten years. At the same time, women’s opportunities to make a difference in village communities have also increased.
Twinning: French and Finnish cooperation to develop Algeria’s national meteorological office
A joint tender by France and Finland has been awarded a contract for a Twinning project in Algeria. The two-year project will strengthen the data production of the Algerian national meteorological office (Office National de la Météorologie) and help to diversify the range of services. Finland's representative in the project is the Finnish Meteorological Institute.
The new strategy for the Team Finland network will improve services to companies
The new strategy of the Team Finland network creates a strong foundation for providing assistance to Finnish companies in Finland and in their target markets. The key theme of the strategy and its implementation is to generate added value to Finnish companies that seek to increase their exports and grow globally.
Minister Skinnari to Qatar
Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari will visit Qatar from 5 to 6 November 2019. The Minister will meet state leadership and visit the Qatar-Finland International School in Doha. The aim of the visit is to present Finland's high expertise in the energy, technology and education sectors and to pave the way for growing commercial cooperation.
Discretionary government transfers for Europe information – 2020 application period now open
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 5 December 2019.
Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto: Celebrating the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
The Baltic Sea is vital for all of us living around it. It is a big part of our identity, our route out to the world, essential for our economy and recreation. The Sea provides us with all of it. Therefore, it is our duty to protect the Sea. Although a lot has been done, the state of the Baltic Sea is still not good. The climate change is making the task harder. We can succeed in our efforts only by cooperation.
Minister of the Interior Ohisalo and Minister for Foreign Affairs Haavisto to meet with global migration governance
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the International Centre for the Development of Migration Policy (ICMPD) are important partners for Finland.
Finland has a leading role to play in the Northern Dimension
The Northern Dimension is an instrument of cooperation between the European Union, the Russian Federation, Norway and Iceland. On Friday 18 October, the 20th anniversary of the Northern Dimension was celebrated at the House of Estates in a seminar organised by the Paasikivi Society and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Sustainable Foreign Policy series presents the Foreign Ministry’s key themes
In a series of videos and articles on sustainable foreign policy, several leading experts from the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs present key foreign and security policy issues on which they are working. In the first episode of this series of interviews, Satu Mattila-Budich explains her work as Ambassador for Hybrid Affairs and tells what Finland has done in its capacity of President of the Council of the European Union to bring hybrid threats to the agenda of EU meetings.
Team Finland Knowledge network expanded to four new countries
In September, the Team Finland Knowledge network consisting of specialists in the field of higher education and research expanded to four new countries. The new Senior Specialists began their work at the Finnish embassies in the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, India and Russia. In addition, a new Ambassador for Education Exports Marjaana Sall started working at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in September.
Finnfund’s loan of EUR 210 million directly supports priority areas of Finland's development policy
The Finnish State will grant a loan of EUR 210 million to Finnfund. Finnfund is Finland’s national development finance institution whose responsibility is to promote economic and social development in developing countries by funding viable and responsible companies operating in them.
Number of years spent at school tripled in Mozambique – the development needs of the education sector have not disappeared
In Mozambique, more and more children start comprehensive school, the school network has been expanded, the number of girls in schools has grown and there are more teachers. However, much work is still needed for reforming the education sector. Finland has long been involved in supporting the development of the education sector in Mozambique.
Twinning: Finland to participate in the development of human resources management in Armenia’s state administration
A joint proposal by Finland, Estonia and France has been selected a contract for to implementing a Twinning project in Armenia. The two-year project will start at the end of the year. It will support the reforms of Armenian public administration and strengthen public officials’ skills and competences. HAUS Finnish Institute of Public Management Ltd will be responsible for the project in Finland.
South Korea's state visit opened opportunities for further economic cooperation
Bilateral economic consultations between Finland and South Korea were held at the House of the Estates in Helsinki on Thursday 26 September. The consultations covered a wide range of topics and various sectors of trade and economic cooperation between Finland and South Korea. The importance of President Moon Jae-in's state visit to Finland in June 2019 for the trade relations between the two countries was emphasised during the discussions.
Finland abroad websites to be covered by the accessibility act
The first deadline for the act concerning accessibility of web services was reached on 23 September 2019. Of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ web services, the act concerns the Finland abroad service published in spring 2019, which includes around 200 country pages and web pages of our special missions, such as the Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN.
Young people discussed sustainable development with ministers
The Presidency of the Council of the EU provides Finland a vantage point for influencing global challenges. Prime Minister Antti Rinne and Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari discussed with young people on the eve of the autumn summits.
State of sustainable development in the world causes concern – international group of researchers offers a solution
Inequality, climate change, loss of biodiversity and growing waste problems also hinder significantly the achievement of other UN goals. In its report, an independent group of researchers presents six keys for change.