Messages from civil society to Minister for Foreign Affairs an important element of Finland’s preparations for autumn session of UN Human Rights Council
Representatives of civil society organisations met at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in early September to exchange views with Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto on Finland’s objectives and priorities in the 51st session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Consultation events under the lead of the Minister for Foreign Affairs prior to the UNHRC sessions is an integral part of Finland’s preparations for its membership in the Council.
EU wants to ban products made with forced labour on the EU market
The European Commission proposes regulation that would effectively combat forced labour. According to the Commission, it is unacceptable that goods produced by people who have been threatened or forced to work are sold in European shops. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment will organise a stakeholder event on EU proposal on forced labour on September 29.
UN high-level week is barometer for international relations
World leaders are meeting again in the high-level week of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York. The week is an opportunity for Finland to reinforce partnerships, to emphasise the significance of the UN and multilateral cooperation in addressing global problems and to highlight themes that are important for Finland’s foreign and security policy.
Climate is also a security policy issue
“The fight for natural resources is a common trigger for conflict in many places. When I was in Uganda, I saw what an immense impact climate change and loss of biodiversity have on people’s lives,” says Anna Merrifield, Director of the recently created Unit for Climate and Environmental Diplomacy at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Equitable use of natural resources supports democracy in Mozambique
Liquefied natural gas, gold, precious stones and graphite. Mozambique on the southern coast of Africa has a long and impressive list of natural resources. Since 2017, Finland has been supporting Mozambique’s Parliament and regional parliaments in promoting equitable use of revenues from gas and extractive industry.
Evaluation: Finland’s humanitarian assistance is relevant to people in need
An independent evaluation indicates that Finland’s humanitarian assistance is meeting the needs of people in emergency settings and that Finland has been successful in advancing gender equality and the rights of persons with disabilities. Understaffing and rigid administrative procedures, among other matters, are identified as Finland’s weaknesses.
Tangerines, soap and sea buckthorn juice – development cooperation boosts rural businesses in Nepal
The Rural Village Water Resources Management Project in the Far West region of Nepal ends this autumn. It succeeded in its goal of reducing poverty. In addition to improving access to water, the development cooperation project promoted livelihoods and rural business development.
Water management project in Nepal improved position of women, girls and marginalised Dalits
The Rural Village Water Resources Management Project in the Far West regions of Nepal succeeded in improving the rights and livelihoods of women, girls and disadvantaged groups. Development cooperation addressed a number of gender equality issues.
Water management project in Nepal improved lives of hundreds of thousands of people
In 2006–2022, the Rural Village Water Resources Management Project in the Far West regions of Nepal brought clean water to more than 600,000 people. At the same time, it promoted health and food security, advanced the rights of women and minorities, and improved economic livelihoods.
Desertification triggers migration flows but is overlooked in environmental debate
Desertification is a wretched process that is caused by fertile soil becoming dry and impoverished and that eventually ruins the soil’s productivity completely. Soil that is unfit for cultivation is a major trigger for migration flows in Africa and the Middle East.
Foreign Minister’s Special Representative on Peace Mediation in the Horn of Africa Suldaan Said Ahmed visited Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia
Member of the Parliament of Finland Suldaan Said Ahmed visited the Horn of Africa on 14-27 July. During his trip, Special Representative Said Ahmed visited Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia, including Mogadishu, as well as Hargeisa in Somaliland.
Finland becomes a NATO invitee
The NATO member countries signed the Accession Protocols concerning Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO membership at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on 5 February, making Finland and Sweden invitees of the Alliance. The Accession Protocols must next be ratified in each member country for Finland and Sweden to become members.
The foreign ministers of Finland, Sweden and Türkiye signed a trilateral memorandum on cooperation on counter-terrorism in Madrid
The document is a political commitment, signed by the foreign ministers of Finland, Sweden and Türkiye. The memorandum confirms Türkiye’s support for Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO membership and enables progress in both countries’ NATO membership process.
Entry restrictions due to COVID-19 to be lifted on 1 July
Restrictions on entry at Finland’s external borders imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be lifted on 1 July 2022. Third-country travellers arriving in Finland will no longer be required to hold vaccination or COVID-19 test certificates, and COVID-19 tests will not be carried out at border crossing points.
Exports are hampered by war and great power competition – the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in SuomiAreena
On 13 July, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will organise a discussion where representatives of international trade and different companies will look into future prospects of export trade, which are overshadowed by the war in Ukraine and rivalry between the great powers.
Civil society organisations had a discussion on Finland’s objectives and priorities at the UN Human Rights Council’s summer session with the Foreign Minister
On 18 May, representatives of civil society organisations met with Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto to discuss Finland’s objectives and priorities at the 50th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council, which will convene in Geneva on 13 June–8 July 2022. Nearly 40 CSOs had sent their representatives to the consultation event organised at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The event was chaired by Ambassador for Human Rights and Democracy Rauno Merisaari.
Call is open for submission of requests for technical support for projects promoting reforms in public administration in 2023
The European Commission offers technical support for Member States for the promotion of sustainable economic growth, competitiveness and employment as well as for the implementation of national recovery and resilience plans (RRPs). The national deadline for submitting requests for technical support under the Technical Support Instrument (TSI) for 2023 will be open until 24 October 2022.
Live webcast: Press Conference of Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Minister for Foreign Affairs Haavisto
Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto will meet Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney in Helsinki on 7 June. Follow the live webcast of the press conference at 12.50.
Live webcast: Press Conference of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Jan Lipavský and minister for foreign affairs Haavisto
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Jan Lipavský will visit Finland on Thursday 2 June and have a meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto. Follow the live webcast of the press conference at 14.10.
Foreign Ministry's theme at the World Village Festival: "Climate work through development cooperation"
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will be present at the World Village Festival on Sunday 29 May. At the weekend, the events at the Market Square and Tiivistämö in the Suvilahti area will focus on the boundaries of our planet.
Finland is preparing to apply for NATO membership
Finland is preparing to apply for membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). On 15 May, the Government submitted a report to Parliament on Finland’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and proposed that the President of the Republic decide that Finland will apply for membership in NATO after Parliament has been heard.
Live webcast: Press Conference of Portugal's minister of foreign affairs João Gomes Cravinho and minister for foreign affairs Haavisto
Portugal's minister of foreign affairs João Gomes Cravinho will visit Finland on Friday 13 May and have a meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto. Follow the live webcast of the press conference at 16.10.
Finland to support the development of a social security system in Mozambique
Finland focuses on developing a child benefit system in the poorest provinces of Mozambique, as part of the UN Joint Programme. To support the work, a report commissioned by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on social security practices in southern Africa has been completed.