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Finland suspends the reception and processing of ordinary visa and residence permit applications in the missions
Owing to the coronavirus outbreak, Finland, in line with the rest of the Schengen countries, has suspended the reception of normal visa applications in Finland’s missions with immediate effect from 19 March until further notice.
Minister Skinnari to attend the Nairobi Summit on the International Conference on Population and Development
Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari will attend the Nairobi Summit on the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) from 12 to 14 November. The Conference will mark the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development held in 1994 in Cairo.
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Mykkänen to visit Tanzania and Kenya
Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen will visit Tanzania and Kenya on 14–19 November 2016. The two countries are Finland’s long-term partners in development cooperation but now they are hoping for more investments and trade with Finland. The Minister will be accompanied by a delegation of 24 Finnish companies and organisations.
Finland's use of development cooperation appropriations increased in 2014
Finland used a total of EUR 1.23 billion to development cooperation in 2014. This represented 0.6 per cent of Finland's gross national income (GNI). The figure also covers expenses arising from the reception of refugees, Finland's share of the EU budget, and other expenditure in different administrative areas collated in statistics under development cooperation.
Finland grants over EUR 46 million in aid to the world’s humanitarian crises
Finland will donate EUR 46.4 million in humanitarian aid to the world’s worst crisis areas. The aid, granted by a decision of Minister for International Development Sirpa Paatero on 13 March, will be directed to acute emergency situations in Syria and neighbouring areas, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Ukraine. Efforts will also be made to alleviate human suffering in countries where protracted crisis situations exist, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and Yemen
The UN Environment Assembly sent a strong signal to the world
The Finnish delegation to the first UN Environment Assembly was led by Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto. He emphasised the importance of the meeting to the strengthening of the environmental dimension in the future Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN.
Foreign Minister Tuomioja and Development Minister Hautala in Somalia
Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja and Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala are visiting the region of the Horn of Africa. Pekka Haavisto, the Foreign Minister’s Special Representative, is also a participant on the trip.
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