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Press Releases, 7/8/2013 | Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

The Foreign Ministry will have a diverse presence at the SuomiAreena event in Pori

Press Release 147/2013
8 July 2013

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will participate in the SuomiAreena public debate forum that takes place in Pori on 17–19 July. The panel discussion organised by the Ministry on 17 July will address the influence of Finland and the Nordic countries in the UN. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will publish its new UN strategy on the same day. The Foreign Ministry’s marquee at the SuomiAreena’s Civic Marketplace will be open throughout the event. The latest information about Finland’s development policy, consular services and European affairs will be available at the marquee.

The “Nordic Soul Searching” panel discussion will highlight the question of how the influence of Finland and the Nordic countries in the UN and the world at large has changed and why Finland needs the UN. The event will be held at the Promenade Centre (Yrjönkatu 17) on Wednesday, 17 July from 2:00 to 3:15 pm. The panel discussion is open to the public.

The panel discussion, led by Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, will have the following panellists: Terje Rød-Larsen, President of the International Peace Institute; Mari Kiviniemi, Member of Parliament; Hannele Toivonen, Vice Chair of the Peacekeepers Association Finland; and Jarmo Viinanen, Finland’s Ambassador to the UN. The panel discussion will take place in English.

The Foreign Ministry’s marquee at the Civic Marketplace of the SuomiAreena event, located at the market square of Pori, will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily from Wednesday, 17 July to Friday, 19 July. Inside the marquee, the Unit for Development Communications will present the results of Finland’s development cooperation and Consular Services will provide travel-related advice. Europe Information will distribute information on Finland’s EU policy. One of the topics is the new Government Report on EU Policy.

Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja will be present at the Foreign Ministry’s marquee on Thursday, 18 July at 12:00–12:30 pm. The following Members of the European Parliament will be present at the marquee on Thursday, 18 July: Sari Essayah, 1:00–1:30 pm; Sirpa Pietikäinen, 2:30–3:00 pm; Hannu Takkula, 3:00–3:30 pm; and Tarja Cronberg, 3:30–4:00 pm

SuomiAreena is an annual event that takes place in Pori. It brings together well-known Finnish leaders to discuss topical issues. The SuomiAreena programme and timetable are posted on the website of the event:

Follow the event also on the social media through the Ministry’s updates on Facebook and Twitter. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will tweet about Pori at #SuomiAreena and, in addition, about the panel discussion at #PoriUN.

Additional information: Tarja Pesämaa, Head of Information, mobile tel. +358 40 481 9880

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