Challenges facing the world are growing in scale and becoming increasingly intertwined. Responding to the key challenges of our time requires prompt action and strong adherence to what has been agreed upon.
Strengthening multilateral cooperation is a key long-standing objective of Finland’s foreign policy, and Finland positions itself as a defender of multilateral cooperation, the rules-based international system and international law. To influence the direction of future developments, Finland must have clear goals and a distinct presence on the global arena.
In an effort to show support to and clarify the Finnish position towards multilateral cooperation, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland has published a White Paper titled ”Era of New Cooperation – the Contribution of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland to Strengthen Multilateral Cooperation” in August 2021. Finland’s White Paper is in good company – Norway has published its own take on multilateral cooperation in 2019, and Germany has followed suit in May 2021.
In this launch event, commentators and a panel will examine the recently published White Paper as well as the current state and future developments of multilateral cooperation.
You can read the publication here.
Opening words and presentation of the Finnish MFA’s White Paper:
Kai Sauer, Under-Secretary of State (Foreign and Security Policy), Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Comments and reflection on the German White Paper on Multilateralism:
Sebastian Groth, Director of Policy Planning, German Federal Foreign Office
Katja Creutz, Director of the Global Security Research Programme, FIIA
Saara-Sofia Sirén, Chairman of the Board of the UN Association of Finland and Member of Parliament
Yuri Birjulin, Finland’s UN Youth Delegate 2020-2021
For more information: Alana Saul, Coordinator, FIIA, email@example.com, +358 9432 7736