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Annual Meeting of Heads of Mission will discuss the transformation of global politics and future direction

Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Publication date 16.8.2022 11.39 | Published in English on 16.8.2022 at 12.50
Press release

Heads of Finland’s missions abroad and foreign policy leaders will meet again in Helsinki on 22–24 August. The meeting will take place against the background of Finland’s historic decision to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).


 

How will the Russian military aggression affect the international order? What is the role and direction of the EU as a foreign and security policy actor in the changing security policy environment?

These are some of the questions that have influenced the programme of the 2022 meeting. The changes in the security environment in Finland and Europe, and the impact they may have globally, highlight the importance of international cooperation and presence. In this new situation, Finland’s comprehensive network of missions and effective diplomacy are needed more than ever before.

“The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Finland’s diplomatic missions across the world are working at the forefront of promoting Finland’s security and economic growth and solving global issues. It is important that we again get this chance to meet each other and have face-to-face conversations in Helsinki,” says State Secretary Jukka Salovaara.

The speakers addressing the Ambassadors during the meeting include President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö, Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto, Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari, Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen, Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality Thomas Blomqvist, and Minister for European Affairs and Ownership Steering Tytti Tuppurainen.

The meeting programme also includes panel discussions on topical issues and an address by Stefano Sannino, Secretary-General of the European External Action Service. State Secretary Jukka Salovaara will chair the meeting.

Follow the meeting on the Foreign Ministry’s channels

The public speeches will be webcast on the Foreign Ministry’s website and YouTube channel. Video recordings and speeches will be posted on the Foreign Ministry’s website.

The Foreign Ministry will tweet about the meeting using the hashtag #SLSK2022 on Twitter.

Photographs of the meeting will be available on the Foreign Ministry’s Flickr account.

Public speeches at the Annual Meeting of Heads of Mission

Monday, 22 August

 

9.00–9.15

Opening address by State Secretary Jukka Salovaara

9.15–9.45

Speech by Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto

10.45–11.00

Speech by Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality Thomas Blomqvist

13.30–14.00

Speech by Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari

15.00–15.15

Speech by Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen

Tuesday, 23 August    

 

10.00–10.15

Speech by President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö

11.30–11.45

Speech by Prime Minister Sanna Marin

Wednesday, 24 August

 

9.30–9.45

Speech by Minister for European Affairs and Ownership Steering Tytti Tuppurainen

 

 

Inquiries

General information about the Annual Meeting of Heads of Mission:

Salla Romakkaniemi, Adviser to the Minister, tel. +358 50 471 2783

 

Media arrangements:

Vilma Sorri, Communications Officer, Unit for Communications on Current Affairs, tel. +358 50 476 2549

 

Anu Pulkkinen, Director, Unit for Communications on Current Affairs, tel. +358 40 481 9880

 

Requests for interviews with Ambassadors:

Saku Pesonen, Unit for Communications on Current Affairs, tel. +358 50 305 3842

 

 

The Foreign Ministry’s email addresses are in the format [email protected]

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