Food from wood - Finnish food products made of wood attracted interest at the International Forest Day Gala at the UN
United Nations' Economic Commission for Europe and The Food and Agriculture Organization organized various forest related events at the UN in Geneva to celebrate the International Day of Forests on 20 March. Organized every year, the event aims at increasing awareness of the importance of forests to people and the society. "Forests for Food – Food for Forests" emphasized synergies between the forestry sector and food industry as well as the significance of forests as a source of nutrition.
Finland curbs childhood obesity by integrating health in all policies
Six years ago, almost 1 in 5 five-year-olds in the Finnish city of Seinäjoki was overweight or obese. Not all schools and day care centres were providing nutritious food and sufficient physical activity. Since then, the municipality’s health department has worked with the childcare, education, nutrition, recreation and urban planning departments to ensure all day care centres and schools provide the same quality of services.
The Public Service Info provides assistance for expatriate Finns
In some cases, it may be difficult to know which authorities to contact in Finland regarding a certain matter. The Public Service Info is a centralised advice service that provides assistance in finding the correct authority even for Finns residing or travelling abroad.
Chairmanship of the Global Health Security Agenda to Finland in 2015
The Global Health Security Agenda has brought together more than 40 countries and key international organisations to collaborate. Its purpose is to improve international preparedness and the ability of health systems to function. The programme supports the implementation of the health regulations of the World Health Organisation and the veterinary standards of the World Organisation for Veterinary Health in the member states. The chairmanship of the programme passes to Finland in 2015.
Ten years since the tsunami – crisis preparedness now better at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs
The tsunami that hit South-East Asia ten years ago is one of the greatest natural disasters in recorded history. The catastrophe exceeded the preparedness of the authorities in each of the affected countries and had a revolutionary impact on the Foreign Ministry’s operational capabilities.
Finland - the World's 4th Most Innovative Country
Finland was ranked 4th in the annual ranking of innovation capabilities covering 143 countries, improving its position from last year's 6th place. Global Innovation Index is done jointly by Cornell University, INSEAD Business School and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The survey uses 81 indicators across the range of themes. This year the survey focused on Human Factor in Innovation thus reflecting factors such as education and societal stability.
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