Lively discussion on COVID-19 recovery, Aid for Trade and circular economy – “aid for trade can play an important role in boosting economic growth while supporting sustainable development goals”
The Permanent Missions of Finland, Kenya, the Netherlands and the International Trade Centre (ITC) held in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and the Institute of European Environmental Policy (IEEP) a session at the WTO Aid-for-Trade Stocktaking Event on March 24 2021. The session focused on how aid for trade can support sustainable economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and transition towards circular economy. The idea was to have different perspectives such as government and inter-governmental, private sector and research, on the topic.
Advance voting abroad in Finland's municipal elections in 2021
The municipal elections will be held on Sunday 13 June 2021. The Act on the Postponement of the 2021 Municipal Elections entered into force on 29 March 2021. The advance voting period will be from 26 May to 8 June in Finland and from 2 to 5 June abroad.
Technology and equality addressed in the Generation Equality forum on 29–31 March – Finland holds an international lead role
The actions through which the global campaign will promote gender equality in technology and innovations will be announced on a virtual forum held in Mexico. Finland holds a lead role in this work. The forum will be attended by Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari.
In the first half of 2021, Finland grants nearly EUR 70 million in humanitarian assistance to strengthen food security, support refugees and promote the rights of vulnerable people
More than 200 million people across the globe need humanitarian assistance due to conflicts, natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic. The provision of humanitarian assistance is one of the most concrete ways of responding to crises and disasters. Finland grants a total of EUR 69.6 million to humanitarian work carried out by the UN organizations, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and Finnish civil society organisations.
The Mission hosted a virtual event on Circular Economy and Services trade.
To bring new perspectives to the discussion on Circular Economy and trade, the Permanent Mission of Finland, the Services and Investment Division of the World Trade Organization, the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) hosted a joint webinar on the role of services in the transition to Circular Economy on March 4, 2021.
Upcoming event on Circular Economy and Services Trade, March 4 2021.
Transition to a low-carbon circular economy provides a powerful tool for climate change mitigation and simultaneously brings new economic opportunities by supporting new business models, trade and job creation, and can enhance the role of developing countries. The interlinkages between services and Circular Economy have not yet been studied extensively. To fill in the space, the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and the IISD published a report Trading Services for a Circular Economy, aiming at compiling new data and providing insights on Circular Economy services and services trade.
The exceptional circumstances of 2020 showed in consular assistance
In 2020, the Unit for Consular Assistance provided nearly twice as much guidance compared to the previous year. In the spring, during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, personal guidance and advice were given to tens of thousands of travellers stranded abroad. Thousands of travellers were assisted in returning to Finland after air traffic ground to a sudden halt.
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