Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen has presented Finland's model for sustainable development at a High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. The Forum will be hold at the UN Headquarters in New York this week.
The UN adopted the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the autumn of 2015. Finland will be among the first countries which, at their own initiative, report on their plans concerning the implementation of the Agenda.
The European Union has appointed Kirsi Henriksson, M.A., to the position of Head of the European Union EUCAP Sahel Niger civilian crisis management mission starting from 1 September 2016.
The main task of the EUCAP mission, established in summer 2012, is to train Niger's security forces staff. Armed forces will be trained to improve police procedures and the legal basis of activities, also in view of action against terrorism.
Minister Tiilikainen: The proposal by the European Commission on implementing the Paris Agreement presents a challenging target for Finland
The European Commission presented 20th of July the remaining proposals on implementing the Paris Agreement within the European Union. The proposal presented today on the emissions reduction obligations of the Member States provides additional climate measures for sectors outside emissions trading: transport, heating, waste management and agriculture. In addition to this, the Commission presented a proposal on calculating emissions and sinks in the land use and forestry sectors
Finland has a high emissions reduction target in these sectors: 39%. It is stricter than we expected, because we were prepared for a target of 37–38%. We must check the Commission’s calculation methods and initial data carefully.
– Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen
The European Commission has issued its proposal for the climate and energy package until 2030. The package includes an Effort Sharing Decision concerning emissions reductions in the non-emissions trading sector, a proposal on land use and forestry measures, as well as communications on low-emission transport modes and on transfer to a low-carbon economy.
The proposed entities correspond to Finland's policies, and they have already been taken into account in the Government Programme. A more efficient transport system and emissions reductions are among the objectives of the Transport Code, which is under preparation at the Ministry.
- Minister of Transport and Communications Anne Berner
Finland will grant a total of EUR 10 million of additional support to Iraq. The support will be spread over several years and used to the reconstruction of areas liberated from ISIL, to humanitarian assistance and to mine clearance. Finland's pledge will be made at the donor countries' Pledging Conference in Support of Iraq in Washington, D.C., today.
The European Commission has decided to allocate funding to the Finnish Baltic Connector Oy and the Estonian Elering AS for the construction of the Balticconnector gas pipeline between the two countries.
The project will be granted a total of EUR 187.5 million, which will cover 75% of its overall cost of EUR 250 million. The Balticconnector is scheduled to be completed by 2020.
With its five strategic priorities in the Government Programme, Sipilä’s Government is taking steps to follow through with essential reforms. The strategic objectives are materialised in the form of 26 key projects.
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