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.
Upcoming event on COVID19 recovery, Aid for Trade and Circular Economy, March 24 2021
The Permanent Missions of Finland, Kenya and the Netherlands and the International Trade Centre, in collaboration with the African Development Bank, the Institute for European Environmental Policy and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, will host a joint virtual event at the upcoming WTO Aid for Trade Stocktaking Event. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 24th at 11.00am-12.30pm (CET) via Zoom platform.
Finland seeks membership of UN Human Rights Council
Finland is seeking membership of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in 2022–2024. The campaign slogan: ”A Diverse World, Universal Human Rights”, underscores the universal nature of human rights. The election will take place at the UN General Assembly in October 2021.
GTW2020 event examined the nexus between trade, circular economy and development in the post-pandemic reality.
Trade is an important part of the implementing framework in advancing transition to Circular Economy. As a consequence of the shock caused by the pandemic, several governments, inter-governmental organizations and other stakeholder have called for rebuilding the economy in a sustainable manner that advances transition to Circular Economy and contributes to the sustainable development.
Interview with Ms Catalina Devandas, the Special Rapporteur of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the Human Rights Council.
We interviewed Ms Catalina Devandas, the Special Rapporteur of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the Human Rights Council during a luncheon that Finland organizes yearly to discuss current topics related to the human rights of persons living with disabilities. This year’s meeting focused on how to guarantee a disability-inclusive response to COVID-19.
The Mission hosted a sequel webinar on post-COVID-19 recovery
After a very successful kick-start to the discussion on post-COVID-19 recovery in May, the Permanent Mission of Finland to Geneva organized a second webinar on the topic on Tuesday, June 9th 2020. With over 100 registered participants, the event focused on the nexus between trade policy and finance policy and how aligning the two would contribute to sustainable recovery after the crisis. While the acute crisis caused by the coronavirus is still ongoing, countries are gradually starting to plan their exit strategies. The recovery planning is tied to the questions on how to finance the recovery and how to direct the stimulus packages to benefit the society in the best possible way.
Permanent Mission of Finland hosted a webinar on sustainable post-COVID-19 recovery.
The unexpected outbreak of global pandemic caused by coronavirus has changed daily lives and put unpreceded pressure on societies around the world. As trade plays a key role in economic development and as an engine for achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs), it will be a key for recovery. The ongoing crisis serves as a chance to reform economies, to create a more resilient and sustainable future and accelerate transition to low-carbon Circular Economy.
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