The first-ever international humanitarian aid summit, led by the UN, will be held on 23 and 24 May in Istanbul. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Lenita Toivakka and Minister of Social Affairs and Health Hanna Mäntylä will attend the meeting.
The initiative for the World Humanitarian Summit came from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The need for humanitarian aid is greater than ever before and the international community is unable to respond to these needs.
The global humanitarian situation cannot stay this way. We need closer international cooperation and stronger political intention to improve the situation. Finland wants to join in furthering such a change.
— Prime Minister Juha Sipilä
"Ownership matters. The importance of Finnish ownership with a face behind it has grown in these difficult economic times. Finland must not be allowed to become an economy of subsidiaries. We still need activities that support the creation of corporate equity", said Prime Minister Juha Sipilä in the Parliament on Tuesday, 17 May.
On Tuesday 10 May, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas agreed to promote digital cooperation between their two countries. The premiers signed a joint declaration on cross-border data exchange and digital services.
"Good cooperation and timely exchange of data help streamline public administration services and improve everyday life of authorities, businesses and citizens," says Sipilä.
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