Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will open the Arctic Spirit Conference in Rovaniemi on 15 November. The Conference speakers include Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, and Segolene Royal, Ambassador for the Arctic and Antarctic Poles of France. Paula Lehtomäki, State Secretary to the Prime Minister of Finland, will also attend the Conference. The main objective of the Conference is to discuss the global sustainable development goals from the perspective of the Arctic regions.
In his opening speech Minister Soini will tell about Finland’s experiences in the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As an Arctic country Finland wishes to also serve as inspiration for others. Sustainable development is not to just wishful thinking but an international strategy for survival.