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.
New Head of Mission to Baghdad, side-accreditations and an authorisation to the Bahamas
At the presidential session on 6 September 2019, the President of the Republic decided to appoint a new Head of Mission to the Embassy of Finland in Baghdad, Iraq, and to grant several side-accreditations and an authorisation to represent Finland.
Evaluation report: knowledge management should be strengthened in development policy and development cooperation
In order to improve its decision-making and to make use of the lessons learnt, the management of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs needs more extensive information about the means that have led to results in development cooperation.
Twinning: Azerbaijan on its way to better air quality
The Finnish Meteorological Institute and the Finnish Environment Institute were engaged in a Twinning project relating to the development of air quality monitoring and management in Azerbaijan. The project lasted two and a half years. It was implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan. The project involved 80 trips of experts to Baku and to other parts of the country. “Organisations and people involved in Twinning projects consider them as learning experiences,” says Katja Lovén, Resident Twinning Adviser (RTA) in Baku.
Business and Human Rights - Towards a Common Agenda for Action event in Brussels
The event will take place on 2 December 2019. This multi-stakeholder conference, to be held during Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, will discuss topical issues in the field of business and human rights and means to find constructive ways to take forward this critical agenda in both the Member States and at EU level. The conference will be organised in collaboration with Shift (www.shiftproject.org).
Suspicion of misuse of development cooperation funds in an education sector project funded from the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund
The World Bank has carried out an in-depth review of the operation and finances of the Education Quality Improvement Program II (EQUIP II), a project of the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), carried out in 2008–2017. The ARTF is administered by the World Bank. Based on preliminary results, the review detected defects in documentation and possible mismanagement of procurement in the project.
Johanna Sumuvuori appointed as State Secretary to Minister Haavisto – and Jeri Aalto, Jarno Lappalainen and Joel Linnainmäki as Special Advisers
Johanna Sumuvuori was appointed as State Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto starting on 4 July. In addition, Jeri Aalto, Jarno Lappalainen and Joel Linnainmäki have started as Special Advisers to Minister Haavisto.
Tiina Vainio, Tino Aalto and Kirsi Airio appointed as Special Advisers to Minister Skinnari
Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari has appointed Tiina Vainio, Tino Aalto and Kirsi Airio to serve as his Special Advisers. Tino Aalto and Tiina Vainio assumed their positions in July, and will be followed by Kirsi Airio on 1 August.
Supporting documents of visa applications for Finland: Changes concerning applications submitted in Russia
As of 1 September 2019, the Embassy of Finland in Moscow, Finland’s Consulate General in St Petersburg and the offices in Petrozavodsk and Murmansk will follow the common EU visa policy concerning supporting documents to visa applications.
New report calls for inclusive representation of young people in conflict prevention and peace processes
On Wednesday 17 July, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake announced the publication of #WeAreHere: An integrated approach to youth-inclusive peace processes, a policy paper co-authored by Ali Altiok and Irena Grizelj. The launch took place at the United Nations Security Council meeting on the implementation of the youth, peace and security agenda. The paper includes case studies from countries such as Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Myanmar, Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka, Syria and Yemen.
Views of the world's most substantial donor are heard at the negotiating table
The values of EU Member States are reflected, for example, in the development cooperation of the environment and energy sectors, says Hubert Perr, Head of Cooperation of the EU delegation to Kenya. The Union plays an important role in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.
Development cooperation and humanitarian aid as topics in joint meeting of two EU working groups in Helsinki
The Working Party on Development Cooperation (CODEV) and the Working Party on Humanitarian Aid and Food Aid (COHAFA) of the Council of the EU will meet in Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, on 15–16 July 2019. The informal joint meeting takes place during Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Member states’ EU political directors met to discuss hybrid threats in Helsinki
Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU kicked off on 1 July 2019. One of the first events arranged by the Presidency was an informal meeting of the political directors from the member states’ foreign ministries. Sustainable development is one of this Presidency’s priorities. The meetings held in Finland will therefore be concentrated in a single venue, Helsinki’s Finlandia Hall. This was where the political directors met on 9–10 July.
UN’s High-level Political Forum on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development begins – Finland places emphasis on education in tackling global challenges
The UN’s High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will meet in New York between 9 and 18 July 2019. The purpose of the annual meeting is to review the progress made globally in achieving the objectives of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Twinning: Finland to strengthen training centres of Turkish Prison Service employees
The aim of the Twinning project starting in autumn 2019 is to develop the Turkish Prison Service in line with European standards. This can be achieved by strengthening the quality of the procedures applied in prisons and the activity of the persons working there. The joint tender of Finland and Estonia won the competitive tendering open to all EU Member States.
Asunmaa appointed Director General of the Department for the Americas and Asia
On 27 June, the Government appointed Piritta Asunmaa to serve as Director General of the Department for the Americas and Asia at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The post will be a fixed-term appointment ending on 31 August 2023.
Young ambassadors for peace in Iraq and Afghanistan sought by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has launched projects to promote peace and reconciliation in Iraq and Afghanistan. A network of young ambassadors for peace will be formed during the projects, assigned to encourage young people to promote peace in their own living environments and in society.
Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs supports the promotion of physical activity and sports in international contexts
Sports and physical activity are among the various areas that the Ministry for Foreign Affairs uses as a means of promoting international cooperation. On 19 June 2019, the National Sports Council published its scorecard concerning physical exercise and activity in the ministries.
FCP for alumni starts on 10 June
ThisisFINLAND’s first Foreign Correspondents Programme (FCP) for alumni will bring to Finland ten journalists and media professionals who have participated in the programme in earlier years. The alumni programme will take place from 10 to 15 June. We aim to offer the participants an updated picture of Finland.
Finland contributes to strengthening nuclear safety
When agreements are breeched and broken away from, arms control and arms limitation efforts are facing difficult times. There is one goal, however, that brings states together: they share the view that international cooperation is needed to prevent terrorists from undermining safety in society.
Finland participates in the strengthening of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Belarus
A tender submitted jointly by Finland and Austria has won a contract for implementing a Twinning project in Belarus. The two-year project will develop the expertise and activities of the Belarusian Ministry of Emergency Situations.