The UN FAO aims to improve nutrition and the standard of living around the world in a sustainable way by enhancing agricultural production, fishing, forestry and rural development. Finland has been a member of the FAO ever since the organisation was established in 1945. In response to the findings of an external evaluation, the FAO is currently undergoing a major reform, which Finland supports both financially and through active participation in the work. In Finland issues related to the FAO are the joint responsibility of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Finland’s annual statutory membership fee (amounting to around 2 million euros) is paid from the budget of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
Finland’s national FAO Committee works under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to plan and coordinate Finland’s activities within the FAO. The FAO Committee is currently chaired by Director-General Veli-Pekka Talvela, and its secretary is Ministerial Adviser Anna Santala.
Issues related to the FAO are efficiently coordinated across the EU by all its Member States, with the EU itself also a member of the FAO.