Finland donates 5 million EUR for trade-related projects in least developed countries
The Government of Finland has decided a new donation of 5 million Euros to the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) Multi-donor Trust Fund to support EIF activities in least developed countries (LDCs) for the period 2014-2015.
WTO ministerial conference began – Finland wants results
The World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Ninth Ministerial Conference began on Bali, Indonesia, today. Finland’s representative at the negotiations is Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb. Finland's objective is that the negotiations would lead to results.
Simpler method introduced for calculating short stays on a Schengen Visa
Short stays in the Schengen Area are calculated according to a new method starting from 18 October 2013. When the maximum short stay and its follow-up period was previously calculated in months, it is now calculated in days. In practice, the change does not have a significant effect on the movement of ordinary passengers. The change is based on Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council 610/2013/EU.
Finland spurs the UN Member States in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goal on equality by 2015
Finland paid much attention to gender equality during the UN week in New York. With its prominent announcement of additional funding, Finland wanted to inspire other countries to support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal on the position women before the deadline in 2015.
Sharper focus for Finnish UN policy
The Finnish Foreign Service published its new UN strategy at SuomiAreena in Pori on 17 July. Speaking at the launch event, Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja stressed the importance of the new strategy to Finnish UN policy. The strategy will allow Finland to work more effectively and consistently to further its goals in the United Nations.
Team Finland network launched
The Team Finland network began its operations abroad on 1 February. The Team Finland network consists of 72 teams around the world which bring together all Finnish authorities, publicly funded organisations and other key parties with ties to Finland. Each team has a work programme and a designated coordinator with information on the network's local activities and services.
Group of Friends of Mediation convened in Helsinki
Representatives of the focal points of the Group of Friends of Mediation gathered at the House of the Estates in Helsinki for a two-day meeting on 17 and 18 January. In all, 32 of the Group of Friends’ member countries and organisations arrived in Helsinki to share their experiences and discuss the Group’s future challenges.
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