Foreign Ministry's press releases
LDC Future Forum in Helsinki to seek solutions to problems of LDCs
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the United Nations will organise a Future Forum on the Least Developed Countries (LCD Future Forum) in Helsinki on 4–6 March. The Forum will discuss how to harness Finnish expertise in science, technology and innovation to foster development in the world’s least developed countries. Minister for Foreign Affairs Elina Valtonen and Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Ville Tavio will attend the Future Forum.
Foreign Minister Valtonen to attend UN Human Rights Council session and Conference on Disarmament in Geneva
Minister for Foreign Affairs Elina Valtonen will visit Geneva, Switzerland, on 26 February. She will deliver Finland’s address to a High-Level Segment of the 55th session of the Human Rights Council.
EU to impose extensive sanctions on individuals and targeted sectoral sanctions on 2nd anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine
The EU’s 13th package of sanctions is one of the largest agreed since the launch of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in terms of the number of sanctioned individuals. A total of 194 individuals and entities will be added to the list. They are individuals and companies that support Russian armed forces and individuals who have participated in the forced transfer of Ukrainian children. Export bans will be expanded to goods and technologies that contribute to Russia’s military and technological enhancement. Russian and third country companies that have been found to be involved in the circumvention of sanctions will be added to the list of export bans.
Ministers to discuss future of World Trade Organization
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Ville Tavio will attend the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference on 26–29 February and the preceding meeting of EU trade ministers on 25 February in Abu Dhabi. Finland considers restoring the functioning of the WTO dispute settlement system to be a key theme at the Conference.
Foreign and security policy in a new era — university tour to discuss topical themes
Preparations for a new government report on Finnish foreign and security policy are underway. As part of the preparations, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, under the leadership of Minister for Foreign Affairs Elina Valtonen, will organise a series of panel discussions on topical foreign and security policy matters together with four Finnish universities in spring 2024. The first event will take place at the University of Tampere on Monday 4 March.
Minister Valtonen to visit India
Minister for Foreign Affairs Elina Valtonen will visit New Delhi, India, on 21–22 February. She will attend India’s most important foreign and security policy conference, the Raisina Dialogue. The visit will take place within the framework of co-operation between the Nordic and Baltic countries (NB8).
Ministry funded International Disability Alliance tackles problems related to leadership and fairness in the organization
The organization’s newly elected Executive Committee implements reforms. The recognised problems do not directly relate to the project funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (the Ministry). However, the Ministry has suspended payments of the government grant to the international non-governmental organization while investigations are ongoing.