Hon. Erkki Tuomioja, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Republic of Finland gives his remarks as a co-Chair of the Helsinki +10 Conference. The Conference has gathered participants from goverments, private sector and civil societies from Helsinki Process participating countries with the intention to review the work of the Helsinki Process ended in 2008 and charting the way forward.
Hon. Bernard K. Membe (MP), Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation gives his remarks as a co-Chair at the Helsinki +10 Conference opening. The Conference is also graced by H.E. Dr. Asha Rose Migiro, the Deputy Secretary of the United Nations.
Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, the Deputy Secretary of the United Nations, gives her remarks during the Helsinki +10 Conference. The Government of Finland has organized this two-days Conference in cooperation with the Government of Tanzania, in an effort to focus on two of the most critical global challenges of today - global economic governance and sustainable development.
Various participants from goverments, private sector and civil societies, including our Ambassador of Tanzania in Sweden, H.E. Muhammed Mwinyi Haji Mzale, listening on as the Helsinki +10 Conference kicks off in Helsinki, Finland.
The Helsinki +10 Conference kickstarts today
The Helsinki Process (HP+ 10) Conference officially kicks off today in Helsinki, with Hon. Bernard K. Membe, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Tanzania and Hon. Erkki Tuomioja, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland act as co-Chairs for the Conference. The Conference is a joint initiative effort between the two countries since 2002.
It is joint collaboration that has brought together governments, international organizations, NGOs, private sectors as well as research institutions from around the world to explore innovative proposals for solutions of global governance challenges especially in dealing with climate change and economic fluctuations. The aim is to look back on and assess the Helsinki Process approach and lessons learned from the previous 2008 Conference, and consider how to address and solve today’s global problems.
The Conference will focus on two of the most critical global challenges of today – global economic governance and sustainable development. The effects of the turmoil of the financial system cannot be avoided in international cooperation, and it has become clear that there is room for improvement in the global economic governance. Sustainable development and its three pillars – economic, social and ecological – also affect everybody, and due attention has to be paid to all its aspects to ensure future growth and development.
The two-day Conference is taking place in Hanasaari, and is expected to end on February 14, 2012.