Minister Tiilikainen to visit Mexico on a trade mission on 28 November–1 December
Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen, accompanied by a business delegation, will visit Mexico on 28 November–1 December 2016. This is one of Team Finland export promotion visits.
Minister Tiilikainen to visit Algeria on a trade mission on 20–21 November
Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen, accompanied by a business delegation, will visit Algeria on 20–21 November 2016, on the invitation of Abdeslam Chelgham, the Algerian Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fishing. This is one of Team Finland export promotion visits.
Finland ratifies the Paris Agreement
Finland is now among the countries which have ratified the Paris climate change agreement as our ratification document was delivered to the UN Secretary-General in New York on Monday 14 November. This was preceded by the ratification of the agreement at the Presidential Session on Friday 11 November.
Paris Climate Change Agreement enters into force today – Marrakesh Climate Change Conference starts on Monday
The UN climate change negotiations continue in Marrakesh, Morocco on 7-18 November. The nations of the world meet in Marrakesh in a situation where the Paris Climate Change Agreement has just entered into force.
Boost to green infrastructure across Europe
Experts on green infrastructure met this week in Koli in the North Karelia region of Finland. The purpose of the meeting was to share good practices among the European Green Belt countries and other stakeholders and consolidate the position of the Green Belt as part of the European green infrastructure. Further measures to be incorporated into the European Green Belt Initiative were also discussed.
Less regulation - Ministry of the Environment and Finnish Commerce Federation agree on restricting the use of plastic carrier bags
On 31 October 2016, Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of Agriculture and the Environment, and Juhani Pekkala, Managing Director of the Finnish Commerce Federation signed a Green Deal on actions to restrict the use of plastic carrier bags. This is the first time when an EU directive is implemented by a voluntary agreement instead of a legal instrument.
Help Find Finland’s Best Biodiversity Input 2015–2016
The best input for halting the loss of biodiversity is being looked for again in Finland. The National Committee of Finland of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature needs your help in finding an individual, organization or business that has been successful in safeguarding nature’s vitality and functioning ecosystem services in 2015 and 2016 in Finland. Send your proposal on 8 December at the latest!
Finnish delegation headed by Minister Tiilikainen to attend the UN Conference on Sustainable Urban Development
Finland participates in the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, Ecuador on 17–20 October 2016. At the Conference the states will agree on a New Urban Agenda, setting the global standards for sustainable urban development for the next 20 years. The Conference is one of the main UN events this year, with more than 40 000 participants expected to attend.
Combating homelessness turns to prevention – pilot for apartment insurance starts
The focus on reducing homelessness is turning to prevention in accordance with the programme approved by the Government. One aspect of prevention is the new insurance coverage for apartments, which will be piloted in roughly 2,000 supportive housing units starting from late autumn. The insurance improves the opportunities of people who have lost their credit rating to find rental housing and will make it more attractive for lessors to rent out housing.
EU Ministers agree to fast-track ratification of Paris agreement
EU Ministers for the Environment agreed to speed up the process for the ratification of Paris agreement during an extraordinary Environment Council meeting on 30 September 2016 in Brussels. Agreement to fast-track the EU’s ratification of the global climate deal was met with a round of applause at the Council.