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Candidature of Finland to the Executive Board of UNESCO for 2017–2021

Towards 2030 through actions


Candidature of Finland to the Executive Board of UNESCO for 2017–2021Finland has been an active member of UNESCO since 1956, and has steadily contributed to the organisation throughout the years both financially and in terms of expertise.

Relevant and strong UNESCO

As a member of the Executive Board, Finland will continue to develop the working methods of UNESCO's governing bodies.  Within the UN system, Finland aims for the efficiency, transparency and good governance of UNESCO and highlights its specific added value.

Sustainable development

Finland highlights the unique role that UNESCO has in the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The future programme cycles of UNESCO need to fully respond to the goals and expectations of the Agenda.

Lifelong learning

As a country of high-quality education, Finland promotes inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning worldwide. Education is a pre-eminent tool to promote sustainability, peace, security and diversity, to prevent violent extremism and to embrace responsible global citizenship.

Science is an important cornerstone in offering solutions and skills for achieving the sustainable development goals. An integrated view of all fields of sciences is a prerequisite for finding the best solutions.

Gender equality

Enhancing efforts to promote the status of women and girls in all walks of life is a high priority of Finland in UNESCO and at all UN levels. One outstanding way to guarantee the prosperity of humanity is through dedicated work to achieve gender equality.

Freedom of Expression

Freedom of expression and the press, the safety of journalists and access to information are key features of the development and wellbeing of every society. Finland has its own solid experience in this. For the seventh year running (2016) Finland has topped the World Press Freedom index. Finland is also a member of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (2016–2019).

Tangible and intangible heritage

UNESCO's work in safeguarding tangible and intangible heritage worldwide is indispensable. The work has to be carried out in the spirit of expertise and mutual supportiveness between Member States. Finland is currently an active and experienced member of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee (2014–2017).

Active member

If elected to the Executive Board of UNESCO, Finland will be a reliable, capable and active Member of the organisation.

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