A Clean and Global North - High-Level Event on Regional Cooperation in the North

Finland, the European External Action Service and the European Commission will co-organise a high-level event focusing on regional cooperation in the north in Helsinki on 29 November. The event, A Clean and Global North, is part of the programme for Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. The event will also take into account the 20-year-old Northern Dimension policy, which has produced significant results in the environmental sector, for example, as regards the protection of the Baltic Sea.

The main themes of the event are climate change and accessibility. In global terms, the significance of the northern region, the Arctic and the Baltic Sea region is increasing. The aim of the event is to strengthen international, sustainable cooperation in the northern regions through dialogue and to reflect on both current challenges and future opportunities.

The event will be held at Finlandia Hall and will be opened by Prime Minister Antti Rinne and hosted by Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto. The event brings together participants from several different countries: representatives at ministerial level, high-level civil servants, experts, private-sector representatives and actors from civil society and academia.

The speakers include Icelandic Foreign Minister and Chair of the Arctic Council, Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Russian Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Dmitry Kobylkin and French Ambassador for the Arctic and Antarctic Ségolène Royal, who served as President of the 21st session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Follow the webcast from the event on Friday 29 November starting at approximately 9.30.

Inquiries: Desk Officer Outi Isotalo, tel. +358 295 351 748, Unit for Russia.

The event is open to the media, but registration is required. Please register no later than Monday 25 November at 15.00. 

Please be prepared to present proof of identity at the entrance.

Journalists will have the opportunity to work in the Aurora Hall of Finlandia Hall between 8.00 and 17.00.


Media accreditation: Miia Vihola, Communications for Current Affairs, tel. +358 40 590 8741
Interview requests: Outi Koskinen, Communications on Europe and Neighbouring Areas, tel. +358 40 510 7515

The Foreign Ministry’s email addresses are in the format [email protected]

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28.11.2019 – 29.11.2019


Finlandia Talo Huset Hall, Mannerheimintie, Helsinki, Finland


Ministry for Foreign Affairs

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