The Heads of Finnish Missions abroad will convene for their annual meeting in Helsinki on 27–31 August.
The meeting will be held at the Parliament Annexe. Permanent State Secretary Matti Anttonen will chair and open the meeting.
This year marks the centenary of the foundation of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The Ministry has worked for Finland and the Finns for 100 years, and ambassadors have played and continue to play a key role in this work.
The Heads of Mission convening in Finland will be addressed by President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, Minister of Finance Petteri Orpo, Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini and Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Anne-Mari Virolainen, among others.
Besides foreign and security policy issues, topics on the meeting agenda include artificial intelligence, use of hybrid methods to influence information and opinions, and Finland's upcoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union. One of the days is completely dedicated to Team Finland-related topics.
Live webcasts of the public speeches will be available at https://formin.videosync.fi/suurlahettilaskokous-2018.The meeting can be followed on Twitter using hashtag #slsk18.
Video recordings, speeches and press releases will be available afterwards on the Foreign Ministry's website at http://um.fi. Photos can be viewed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ulkoministerio.
Um.fi: Heads of Mission meet in Helsinki
Um.fi: Speech by Minister for Foreign Affairs Soini
Um.fi: Minister Orpo's speech at the Meeting of Finnish Heads of Mission