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Finland is a strong ally to the UN(DP). For instance in Europe & CIS and under the "Wider European Initiative" (see below).


The Wider European Initiative

The Wider Europe Initiative is a new initiative that strengthens Finland’s development policy through a comprehensive approach to Finland’s development cooperation in the European Union’s eastern neighbourhood, the South Caucasus and Central Asia.

According to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen ( quoted from, Wider Europe Initiative aims to widely promote stability and prosperity in our partner countries as well as in the European region as a whole. The Initiative strives to promote mutual cooperation and integration between the partner countries with help of three regional development policy programmes. In addition, the Initiative aims to develop circumstances under which the states and peoples in the region can maintain friendly relations and close cooperation between them, as well as with the EU and Russia. The framework programme aims for Pan-European cooperation striving to end and prevent conflicts and promote mutual understanding and cooperation, the Minister underlined.

The framework programme aims to promote ecologically, economically and socially sustainable development. It outlines the common themes which will be implemented in each of the regions in accordance with its own circumstances, needs and priorities. The implementation of the Initiative will be conducted in cooperation with, for instance, the EU and its member states, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the OSCE, the UN funds and agencies, the World Bank Group, and the neighbouring areas of the partner countries.

Within the next few years, Finland will double the allocations granted under the development cooperation operating and financial plan for the Wider Europe Initiative from the current level of approximately EUR 8 million. The funding received from cooperation partners will further enhance the effectiveness of the activities.

Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of the Environment leads national efforts and encourages cooperation in safeguarding biodiversity, promoting sustainable development, and securing a good living environment for both current and future generations.

To find out more see the Finish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website

Finnish Environment Institute (SKYE)

The Finnish Environment Institute (also known as SYKE, after the Institute's Finnish acronym) is both a research institute, and a centre for environmental expertise. SYKE's research focuses on changes in the environment, and seeks ways to control these changes. Its expertise is based on long-term environmental monitoring, wide-ranging research results, and the Institute's highly-qualified staff.

To find out more see the Finnish Environment Institute Website


Implementation Plan for 2009 – 2013{5F9179AD-3D39-4CB7-82F4-C79179EC9020}

See also

External Resources

21 Oct 2009 - UNDP Administrator: Finland a strong advocate of sustainable development


 Winder Europe-impl plan.pdf

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