Press Releases - Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Finland invests in a considerable increase of wind power in Africa
IFC, the corporate financing branch of the World Bank, has recently invested Finnish money in a project package that aims at vastly increasing the wind power capacity in Africa. In addition, Finland and IFC will enter more in-depth cooperation by providing new support to develop innovative energy projects in the poorest countries.
Minister Virolainen to attend Annual Meeting of World Bank Group in Indonesia
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Anne-Mari Virolainen will participate in the Annual Meeting of the World Bank Group and the meeting of the joint Development Committee of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in Bali, Indonesia on 11–13 October.
EU trade ministers to discuss the WTO, EU-US trade relations, and EU free trade agreements
An informal meeting of EU ministers responsible for trade will be held in Innsbruck on 4–5 October 2018. Finland's representative at the meeting will be Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Anne-Mari Virolainen.
New special risk financing shifts Finnfund’s investment focus towards poorer countries
According to the Government’s ownership steering policy, the investment portfolio of the State’s development financing company Finnfund must invest in the poorest countries in particular, as well as in high-risk projects that have significant development impacts. In line with this policy, the Government has decided to reintroduce the special risk financing instrument worth EUR 75 million.
Application round for the European Commission’s Structural Reform Support Programme has begun
The Commission’s Structural Reform Support Programme offers financing and technical support to all Member States. The programme’s objective is to support structural reforms in the Member States and to promote growth and competitiveness. The application round for 2019 is now open.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Soini and Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Virolainen to the high-level week of the UN General Assembly
During the high-level week Minister Soini will stress the need for further development of peace mediation and peace operations. In particular, Finland wishes to strengthen the role of women and the young in peace processes. On Minister Virolainen’s agenda the focus is on sustainable development, climate change and equality.
Foreign Minister Soini to Inari – tour of schools continues
On Monday 17 September, Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will visit Inari, where he will participate in the 13th Arctic Parliamentary Conference. From there he will continue his tour of Finnish schools and visit Ivalo Upper Secondary School.
Christina Gestrin appointed as Foreign Minister's Special Representative for Baltic Sea Cooperation
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini has appointed former MP Christina Gestrin (MSc in Agriculture and Forestry, EMBA) to serve as the Minister's Special Representative for Baltic Sea Cooperation. Gerstrin will focus on promoting cooperation in the Baltic Sea region, with special emphasis on the environment.
Finland reopens an embassy in Baghdad, additional funding to Arctic and Baltic cooperation and export promotion
In the government budget session, decisions were made on additional funding for the Foreign Ministry' network of missions, regional cooperation, and export promotion. The Ministry’s operating expenses total EUR 224.8 million.
The role of the European Union in the world – deals or rules-based action in the field of security policy?
The Europe Forum Turku will gather Finnish opinion-makers and citizens to discuss Finland's role in Europe and in the European Union. A discussion event, organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), will take place on Friday 31 August.
Evaluation acknowledges Finland's work for women and girls’ rights
According to an independent evaluation conducted for the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland’s development policy has been successful in promoting good practices to enhance the rights of women and girls. However, in addition to political commitment, a more clearly defined gender equality strategy would be required.
World Humanitarian Day highlights civilians' dire situation
The World Humanitarian Day will be held next Sunday, 19 August. This year, special attention will be called to the difficult situation of civilians affected by acute conflicts in, for example Syria, Yemen, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Finland could have a stronger role in addressing the learning crisis in developing countries
Finland’s competence in the education sector is of the highest standard around the world. This should also be more strongly reflected in the priorities and funding of development cooperation, a new report suggests.
Meeting of US and Russian Presidents provided Helsinki and Finland with significant media exposure
Finland was mainly viewed in a positive or neutral light in international online articles and social media discussions. A recent media analysis shows that Helsinki succeeded well in seizing the opportunity to bask in the spotlight of the international media.
Foreign Correspondents' Programme administered by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will organise a thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents' Programme (FCP) from 6 to 24 August 2018. During the three weeks, 16 young foreign correspondents and media professionals will have an opportunity to learn about Finland and the Finnish society.
Foreign Ministry's Consular Service Centre to the Emergency Response Centre Agency - citizens will not be affected by the change
The 24/7 consular services provided by the Consular Service Centre of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will be handled by the Emergency Response Centre Agency for a fixed period of two years starting on 1 August 2018.
Support for development cooperation in Finland at a ten-year high
Nearly 90 per cent of Finns find development cooperation to be important. Citizens feel that education, in particular, is an area where Finland has a lot to give. The responses were elicited in an opinion poll carried out by Taloustutkimus on behalf of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
#HELSINKI2018 Media Center at Finlandia Hall offers Finnish experiences
The meeting of the US and Russian Presidents in Helsinki puts Finland in the spotlight of international media attention. The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs together with the City of Helsinki will take advantage of this opportunity for its country branding. We will make sure that all services run smoothly and that our international media guests can have a unique experience.
UN follow-up Forum on Sustainable Development – Finland to focus on Arctic cooperation
The UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF) will convene in New York from 9 to 18 July 2018. The annual forum reviews progress in attaining the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) (2030 Agenda) that were adopted in 2015. Finland’s focus will be on sustainable development of the Arctic region.
Small town of Lemi in Finland wins competition for the title of Capital of Metal
Lemi, a municipality with some 3000 inhabitants in rural Southeast Finland, came out as the winner in the month-long Capital of Metal competition for the world capital of heavy metal music. The Capital of Metal title is awarded to the city with the most metal bands per capita. After a tight contest with the Finnish city of Joensuu, Lemi finally won the title with a clear score.
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