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EU environment and climate ministers convene in Finland to find solutions to the sustainability crisis 

Finland is keen to put the sustainability crisis and its possible solutions at the heart of EU policymaking. That is why climate change, the circular economy and the loss of biodiversity will be high on the agenda during Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the informal meeting of environment/climate ministers on 11–12 July in Helsinki. Read more

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Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Mikkonen to attend meeting of EU Environment Council in Luxembourg – water reuse, sustainable chemical policy and EU climate targets on the agenda

Minister Krista Mikkonen will travel to Luxembourg to attend the meeting of EU Environment Ministers on 26 June. The Ministers will discuss, among other topics, the EU’s long-term climate targets, sustainable chemical policy and water reuse. To conclude the meeting, Minister Mikkonen will present the Programme for Finland’s EU Council Presidency to the EU Ministers of the Environment and Climate Change.

Finland to participate in the meeting of the energy and environment ministers at the G20 Summit in Japan on 15–16 June

Japan has invited Finland to participate in the meeting of energy and environment ministers, which is part of the programme of Japan’s presidency of the G20 Summit. The Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth will take place in Karuizawa on 15–16 June 2019. Finland is one of the so-called outreach countries invited to the meeting. The themes of the meeting are the global energy transition, climate and sustainable growth, prevention of ocean plastic

Arctic Council issues recommendations for environmental impact assessment procedures in Arctic areas

The Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council, under Finland’s leadership, has prepared a report on good practices for environmental impact assessment in the Arctic region. The practices place particular emphasis on strengthening the engagement of Indigenous Peoples and other local inhabitants.
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