The Ministry of the Environment’s Climate Panel in Pori brings together top-tier experts to discuss international climate policies and a low-carbon future

Press release 2014-07-09 at 11:26

As this year’s main co-operation partner for the SuomiAreena event, the Ministry of the Environment will organise a climate-themed panel discussion at the Promenadikeskus building in Pori between 12:15 and 1:30 pm on 17 July. Minister of the Environment Ville Niinistö has invited prominent individuals from a variety of sectors to consider the challenges of international climate policy and the building blocks of a low-carbon future. The SuomiAreena event in Pori will be attended by World Bank Group Vice President Rachel Kyte, Zambia’s Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Wylbur Simuusa, Chief International Relations Officer for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Carina Larsfälten, Director of the UN Climate Technology Centre and Network Jukka Uosukainen as well as Senior Adviser for Sitra and Ombudsman for the Fortum Foundation Jouni Keronen.


The panel discussion “Low-Carbon Future – From Pledges to Concrete Action” lays the groundwork for the high-level climate conference of the UN Secretary General to be held in New York in September 2014 with the aim of making governments, the business sector, financial institutions and organisations enter into significant commitments leading towards a carbon-neutral society. Among other topics, the panel will discuss the types of commitments that will be required in order to limit the warming of the climate to a maximum of two degrees.

The panel discussion will be broadcast live through MTV3’s Katsomo service at On Twitter, the discussion can be followed through the Ministry of the Environment’s account @yministerio and using the hashtag #lowcarbonfuture. More information on other programming organised by the Ministry of the Environment is available at

More information:

Special Adviser to the Minister of the Environment Erkki Perälä, tel. +358 (0)295 250 385,

Requests for interviews with the panellists:

Head of Communications Suvi Reijonen, Ministry of the Environment, tel. +358 (0)50 544 7508,


Rachel Kyte

Rachel Kyte is the vice president and special envoy for climate change for the World Bank Group. Her areas of responsibility include the World Bank’s efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change as well as matters pertaining to climate financing. In recent years, the World Bank has changed its financing in such a way that climate impacts are taken into account in all operational aspects. Previously, Rachel Kyte was in charge of sustainable development matters at the World Bank and served as the vice president of the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Kyte has an extremely diverse background in sustainable development policy, and she has focused particularly on the development of the private sector as well as financing and innovations in emerging markets.

Wylbur Simuusa

Wylbur Simuusa is the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock for Zambia. Among other duties, he has previously worked as the Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development, and Minister of Foreign Affairs for Zambia. Simuusa visited Finland in 2012. Zambia is Finland’s long-term partner, particularly in projects related to the forestry sector.

Ville Niinistö

Ville Niinistö is Finland’s Minister of the Environment and the chairman of the Greens of Finland party.

Jukka Uosukainen

Jukka Uosukainen works as the director of the UN’s new Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) in Copenhagen. The centre helps developing countries to find the best technological solutions for reducing emissions and adapting to climate change. Before taking up his current position, he worked as the director of international affairs for the Ministry of the Environment and as a special envoy for climate change. Uosukainen has extensive experience in issues regarding climate change, international negotiations and developing countries.

Jouni Keronen

Since the beginning of 2014, Jouni Keronen has worked as a senior adviser for the ‘Resource-wise and carbon-neutral society’ theme area of the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. He is also an ombudsman of the Fortum Foundation and a docent at Lappeenranta University of Technology. Keronen has worked in the energy field since 1983. In recent years, he has specifically focused on the development of cleaner low-carbon solutions.

Carina Larsfälten

Carina Larsfälten is the chief international relations officer for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The WBCSD is a consortium of approximately 200 international companies promoting sustainable development. Larsfälten is in charge of the WBCSD’s regional co-operation, communications and events. Before her current position, she worked as the director of the World Economic Forum and a senior adviser for the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF). In addition to this, she has prior experience from roles at the European Commission, Skanska and the Swedish state administration.