Creating a healthy and sustainable living environment requires effort in all decision-making arenas. Environmental issues, in particular, are characteristically transboundary in nature. This means that they can only be solved by means of strong international cooperation.
The Ministry of the Environment represents Finland in the international cooperation forums which fall under its remit. Finland has signed over a hundred international environmental agreements. Finland also participates in other international, regional and bilateral cooperation, of which promoting sustainable development is just one example.
Important forums of international cooperation include:
- European Union
- United Nations
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
- Barents Euro-Arctic Council and the Arctic Council
- Nordic Council of Ministers
- Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS)
- Global Environment Facility (GEF)
- Council of Europe (COE)
- International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)