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Fri, 07 Oct, 2016 12:02:53 AM
FTimes Report, Oct 7
 
The government has outlined the strategic priorities of the Finnish Arctic Strategy as Finland aims to be a leading actor in international Arctic policy.
 
Finland wishes to strengthen environmental protection and security policy stability in the Arctic and enhance the vitality of the region, in line with the principles of sustainable development, according to Prime Minister Juha Sipilä.
 
By making even better use of Finnish expertise in the region we can achieve significant impacts on growth and employment,’ says Prime Minister Sipilä.
 
The Finnish Arctic Strategy was discussed in the Government strategy session on 26 September. The main elements of the Strategy published in 2013 were still valid, said an official release.
 
The Government priorities lie in foreign and EU policy and infrastructure relating to the Arctic, arctic expertise and sustainable tourism.
 
The priorities will be used to draw up an action plan, with the responsibility for putting it into practice and monitoring resting with the relevant ministries, according to the release.
 
Finland responds to the climate change and environmental protection challenges through international cooperation.
 
The main channels of influence are the Chairmanship in the Arctic Council and international agreements and organisations. Promoting the interests of indigenous peoples was among the key elements of the Finnish Arctic policy, the release mentioned.
 
Finland wishes to achieve growth and competitiveness, for example, in the cleantech and bioeconomy sectors via Arctic operations, with due respect for the environment. The aim is to produce key solutions to problems relating to the development of the Arctic, according the release.
 
The priorities for Finland's Chairmanship in the Arctic Council were approved in the Government strategy session.
 
Finland will chair the Arctic Council in 2017–2019.
 
During these two years, Finland will emphasize the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the UN sustainable development goals in Arctic cooperation.
 
Together with the United States, which currently chairs the Arctic Council, Finland wishes to strengthen the Council by securing its continuity, said the release.
 
In the economic issues the aim is to engage in close collaboration with the Arctic Economic Council
 
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