Nordic development ministers: Our common voice must be strengthened
The Nordic development ministers who met in Helsinki on Monday expressed the wish to strengthen their cooperation and the visibility of the Nordic countries for instance in the work done by UN agencies. “We have to show that we Nordic countries speak in one strong Nordic voice,” said Christian Friis Bach, the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation.
Nordic development ministers to be Hautala’s guests in Helsinki
Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala, has invited her Nordic colleagues to meet in Helsinki on Monday, 23 January. A common Nordic policy on major development policy and development cooperation issues will be forged at the meeting.
Foreign Ministers of Denmark and Finland stressed the importance of Nordic cooperation
EU affairs and Nordic cooperation were discussed at the meeting between Danish Foreign Minister Villy Søvndal and Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja on 10 November. Both ministers stressed the importance of Nordic cooperation at their press conference. Minister Tuomioja hoped for increased Nordic input with regard to international affairs.
Nordic countries concerned about measures against Palestinians
The five Nordic foreign ministers discussed the situation in the Middle East today, focusing particularly on relations between Israel and the Palestinians in the wake of this week’s vote in UNESCO. Although the Nordic countries’ positions differed as regards the timing of Palestinian membership of UNESCO, they agree that the way forward must be based on a resumption of negotiations and the vision of a two-state solution.
Coverage of the diplomatic missions network to be handled among the Nordic and Baltic countries
The NB8 Foreign Ministers’ meeting was hosted by Minister Tuomioja on 29–30 August. The ministers discussed increasing the placement of their diplomats throughout the world so that they could work together in one another’s diplomatic missions. The coverage of the diplomatic missions network could thus be arranged in cooperation between the Nordic and Baltic countries. This would also bring added benefits, such as better coverage, flexibility and cost-effectiveness.
Reinforced diplomatic cooperation between the Nordic and Baltic countries
The Nordic and Baltic countries have today signed a memorandum of understanding on the locating of diplomats at each other’s missions abroad. The memorandum will make it easier for the Nordic and Baltic countries to maintain a diplomatic presence around the world by enabling flexible and cost-effective solutions.
Nordic Foreign Ministers: Each Nordic country has its own important role
The Nordic Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Helsinki on Tuesday focused on discussions of the present and future role of the Nordic countries in Libya. The Foreign Ministers stressed the Nordic countries’ unanimous approach to Libya.
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