Clean, Safe and Smart Baltic SeaFinland assumed the Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) for 2013–2014. The theme of Finland’s Presidency is a Clean, Safe and Smart Baltic Sea. Read more »
New global development goalsAt the start of the millennium, the UN Member States pledged to reach a number of development goals by 2015. Governments are now negotiating about new global development goals. Read more >>
WTO agreement good news for world economy
Early in the morning of 7 December, the member states of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) reached an agreement on the “Bali mini-package” in the Ministerial Conference held in Bali, Indonesia. “The agreement is an important step for the multilateral trading system. Without this resolution WTO’s credibility would have been at stake," comments Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb, who represented Finland at the conference.
Finland gives humanitarian assistance for the protection of children in the Central African Republic
By decision of Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has granted one million euros in humanitarian assistance to help the victims of the crisis in the Central African Republic. The assistance is provided through UNICEF. “In this situation, children are particularly vulnerable. There is a real need for the work done by UNICEF,” Minister Haavisto says.