Foreign Ministry's press releases
UN Committee on the Rights of the Child issues recommendations to Finland
On 2 June, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child issued recommendations to Finland based on Finland's combined fifth and sixth periodic reports on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Optional Protocols thereto.
Foreign Minister Haavisto and Secretary of State Blinken signed a Joint Statement on Cooperation in Advanced Wireless Communications
Finland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto and United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken signed a Joint Statement on Cooperation in Advanced Wireless Communications between Finland and the United States in Helsinki on 2 June. In the Joint Statement, Finland and the United States confirm their common ambition to cooperate in key areas of 6G research and development and to increase interaction between Finnish and US actors.
Finland’s Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto to attend informal meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs
An informal meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs will be held in Oslo from 31 May to 1 June. This will be the second meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs which Finland attends as a member of the Alliance.
EU trade ministers to discuss trade relations with United States and China
Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari will attend the Foreign Affairs Council in its trade configuration in Brussels on Thursday 25 May. The trade ministers will discuss the EU’s trade relations with the United States and China and preparations for the next Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The ministers will also discuss the EU’s ongoing bilateral trade negotiations.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs invites climate activist Helena Gualinga as keynote speaker for the World Village Festival
Making a rare appearance in Finland, the Finnish-Ecuadorian climate and environmental activist Helena Gualinga will deliver a keynote speech at the invitation of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs at the World Village Festival in Suvilahti, Helsinki on Saturday 27 May.
Russia terminates bilateral agreement between Finland and Russia on military evaluation visits
On 23 May, Finland was informed by Russia that Russia will terminate the bilateral agreement between Finland and Russia on additional military evaluation visits as of 1 June. Under the agreement, Russia may make one evaluation visit to Finland per calendar year, and reciprocally Finland may make one evaluation visit to Russia’s Leningrad Military District. This bilateral agreement, signed in 2000, complements the Vienna Document adopted by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
UN Committee against Torture issues decision on matter concerning return of asylum seeker
On 23 May 2023, the UN Committee against Torture issued a decision on a complaint against Finland concerning the return of an asylum seeker to the Russian Federation. In its decision, the Committee considers that the return of the complainant to the Russian Federation would constitute a violation of article 3 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which states that it is prohibited to expel, return or extradite a person to another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture.