New York, 19 September 2022 (TDI): Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Pekka Haavisto, and Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade of Finland, Ville Skinnari will attend the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

During the session, they will participate in the high-level debates week.

The high-level meetings of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77) will start on September 20 and will last till September 26.

Both Ministers of Finland will have bilateral meetings with their counterparts and with representatives of the UN. Moreover, the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö will deliver Finland’s statement in the general debate on Tuesday 20 September.

High-Level Debates Week of UNGA

The UN General Assembly’s high-level meetings week will address the issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, particularly its effects on the rest of the world, such as the food crisis.

Moreover, the high-level week will provide a chance to highlight the value of multilateral procedures and cross-border collaboration based on international rules in addressing global issues.

During the high-level week, several events will be held including SDG Moment in support of the Sustainable Development Goals, and meetings on the food crisis, rights of persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious, and linguistic minorities, and many other issues.

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Finland’s agenda at UNGA Session

The meetings of Finland’s Foreign Minister Haavisto this week will focus on current crises, particularly the global consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, regional crises, and mediation.

Moreover, he will also have discussions on the advancement of human rights and gender equality and show support for multilateral cooperation. On 19 September, the EU foreign ministers’ meeting was also attended by Minister Haavisto in New York.

In addition, Minister Ville Skinnari’s meetings during the high-level week will cover a variety of subjects, including the improvement of Ukraine’s educational system and adaptation to climate change.

Moreover, he will focus on promoting a fair and digital society, the rights and status of women and girls, the strengthening of the multilateral system, and the role of businesses in sustainable development.

He will meet on a bilateral basis with foreign ministers and the heads of UN specialized agencies.

Additionally, Minister Skinnari will encourage commercial and economic collaboration through the Team Finland program. Digital issues and supply security are among the program’s subjects.

Finland’s activities at the UN are centered on supporting the rule-based international order and enhancing multilateral cooperation for gender equality, human rights, climate change, and sustainable development.