Press releases 2015 - press releases


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Paris climate summit breakthrough delivers legally-binding global agreement

On Saturday evening, a new, comprehensive and legally binding climate agreement was concluded at the Paris climate summit, which will be implemented from 2020 onwards. This agreement marks the first t...

2015-12-15
IUCN Forum highlights European nature conservation messages 14–16 December in Helsinki

The Regional Conservation Forum for Europe of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will be held in Helsinki on 14–16 December 2015. The Forum will discuss the state of Europe’s na...

2015-12-11
Declaration emphasising the health of soils gains widespread support

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. The aim of IYS 2015 is to raise awareness about the profound importance of soil for human life and to increase pe...

2015-12-04
Government proposal on access to genetic resources and their utilisation

The Finnish Government today approved the Government proposal on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their utilisation. Finland does not currently h...

2015-11-19
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä to lead the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development

Today, the Finnish Government has appointed the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development with a new composition. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä starts as the Chair of the Commission and the ...

2015-10-01
Finns want the international community to take rapid action so that the increase in Earth’s average temperature could be limited to less than two degrees

Finns consider international climate negotiations as the most important forum for solving the climate challenge. Most Finns think that the international community should do everything in its power to ...

2015-09-25
Global Cleantech Summit begins in Helsinki in a week

The Global Cleantech Summit 2015 will be held in Helsinki at Kalastajatorppa and Finlandia Hall 8.–10.9.2015. It will offer points of view, corporate contacts, and a possibility for dialogue on global...

2015-09-02
Natural resources ran out today – Earth Overshoot Day arrives early this year

Today, 13 August 2015, people have used up all the renewable resources the Earth can re-generate this year. Earth Overshoot Day has never arrived this early; we are almost a week ahead compared to las...

2015-08-13
Survey: Society’s Commitment to Sustainability also benefits participants' own organisations

According to a new survey, operators that have made a commitment to sustainable development are very satisfied with the results of the commitment. Four out of five operators that have made commitments...

2015-06-03
The Ministry of the Environment moves to energy efficient premises at the beginning of May

The Ministry of the Environment will move to the address Aleksanterinkatu 7 in early May. The premises have been renovated for energy efficiency.

2015-04-28
CBD Business & Biodiversity Forum 2015 will be organised in Finland in November

Corporations’ biodiversity specialists from around the world convene 11-12 November 2015 at the CBD Business & Biodiversity Forum 2015 in Helsinki, Finland, to exchange knowledge on companies’ latest ...

2015-04-23
International programme on sustainable building launched under the leadership of Finland

The Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme, which is a part of the United Nations' 10-year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP), was launched to...

2015-04-20
Finns want more effective measures for mitigating climate change

Finns still consider climate change to be a major global threat, and wish decision-makers would adopt more active climate policies for mitigating climate change. Over 80% of Finns agree that internati...

2015-04-16
Parliament approves the Climate Change Act

The Finnish Parliament passed the Climate Change Act with a clear majority vote on 6 March 2015. The Climate Change Act is a tool for the Government and the Parliament, facilitating the cost-efficient...

2015-03-16
International study: Finland is a leading country in the management of long-term homelessness

According to an international evaluation team, Finland's national programme to reduce long-term homelessness is one of the best examples in the world of how to apply the so-called Housing First princi...

2015-02-10
Minister of the Environment Sanni Grahn-Laasonen: changes in the Arctic are not only a problem in the North

“Changes in the Arctic region are not only a problem in the North. This is a globally significant process, the effects of which can already be seen in the Pacific Islands, the Netherlands and Banglade...

2015-02-05
Recognition of ecosystem services promotes their sustainable use and protection

The final report of the project ‘National Assessment of the Economics of Ecosystem Services in Finland’ (TEEB for Finland) was presented to the Minister of the Environment, Sanni Grahn-Laasonen. Accor...

2015-01-23