Government of Finland announced the candidature of Petteri Taalas for the Secretary General of World Meteorological Organisation
Minister of Transport and Communications Ms. Anne Berner arrived to Geneva on 21th June to announce that the government of Finland is glad to nomitate the current Secretary General of World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Petteri Taalas as a candidate to seek for a reappointment for the next four-year-term from 2020 to 2023.
Finland elected to membership of UNESCO Executive Board
On Wednesday 8 November 2017, Finland was elected to the Executive Board of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The four-year term will start in November 2017. The election was conducted by the Member States of UNESCO. This was the most important UN candidacy for Finland this year. All the Nordic countries supported Finland’s candidacy.
Finland and Liechtenstein co-hosting an event on the Geneva Peace Week
Permanent Missions of Finland and Liechtenstein will co-host an event during the Geneva Peace Week on Prevention, Accountability and Gender – International Responses and Fighting Impunity by Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual and Gender-Based Violence. The event will take place on Tuesday 7 November 2017, at 12:30–14:00, Room IX, at Palais des Nations, UN Geneva.
Nomination of candidates for 2018 Millennium Technology Prize
Technology Academy Finland (TAF) invites the scientific and innovation community around the world to nominate candidates for the 2018 Millennium Technology Prize. The nomination period opens April 3 and nominations will be accepted until July 31, 2017. The one million euro Prize is one of the largest innovation prizes in the world.
UN periodic review of human rights in Finland
Finland’s human rights record will be under a periodic review at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 3 May 2017. Minister of Social Affairs and Health Pirkko Mattila will head Finland’s delegation to the meeting. The delegation consists of representatives from different ministries and civil society organisations’ representatives who have an independent observer status.
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