NB8 statement on Human Rights in Russia, delivered by FM Valtonen
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland Elina Valtonen delivered the Nordic-Baltic statement at 54th Session of the UN Human Rights Council on 21 September 2023. The statement was delivered as part of the Interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Russian Federation.
National Statement on the Anniversary on 24 February 2023 of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
Russia launched its illegal invasion of Ukraine one year ago. The invasion is a flagrant violation of international law and the Charter of the United Nations. The repercussions of the war have been felt globally, and Russia’s aggression has been condemned in resolutions of the UN General Assembly. Russia’s war of aggression has led to the worst humanitarian crisis Europe has seen since the Second World War. Millions of Ukrainians have had to leave their homes and the number of casualties keeps rising as Russia continues its attacks on Ukraine’s cities and critical infrastructure.
Declaration by the Ministers for Nordic Co-operation on working together during crises
"Two years of the pandemic have underlined the importance of working together at the international and regional levels when faced with a serious health crisis. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine also serves as a reminder that war in our part of the world is no mere theoretical possibility. In the face of crises of various kinds, we see how important it is to work together with our closest partners to cope with challenges, within and along with the EU and NATO and in our close Nordic family."
Joint statement on the limited resumption of Arctic Council cooperation
In response to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, a flagrant violation of the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity, based on international law, the other Arctic Council founding states -- Canada, Finland, Iceland, the Kingdom of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and the United States -- on March 3 announced a pause in their participation in the Arctic Council. Since March 3, representatives from these States have examined modalities to allow a resumption of the work in the Arctic Council.
Joint Statement of Foreign Ministers on Increased Restrictions on the Human Rights of Afghan Women and Girls
Statement by the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States
Canada-Finland Joint Statement on Bilateral Cooperation
Canada and Finland enjoy a rich history of excellent relations built on people to people ties and shared values. On the occasion of the 75thanniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Finland, the governments of Finland and Canada celebrate all that we have achieved together and look toward the future, committing to deepening our partnership and cooperation on foreign and security policy in support of peace, prosperity, human rights and stability.