The UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development will take place, mostly virtually, between July 6 and 15. At the forum, Finland will promote its 70 years’ expertise in providing free school meals.

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This year at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which is the central platform of the United Nations for reviewing the agenda for sustainable development, Finland will emphasize the core idea of the 2030 Agenda: No one should be left behind.

“The pandemic has increased extreme poverty and inequality and weakened gender equality. In the post-pandemic world, Finland and other wealthy countries must support the most disadvantaged worldwide,” said Ville Skinnari (the SDP), the minister for development cooperation and foreign trade.

In an international sustainable development comparison, published on June 14, Finland was ranked number one for the first time. In Finland’s address, Minister Skinnari will refer to the Nordic welfare model and, as an example, tell about school meals that Finland is trying to promote globally. Skinnari is the World Food Programme (WFP) school meals ambassador.

Minister Sknnari said: “School meals have proved to be one of the most effective means to support children. They are increasingly recognized as an investment in a nation’s future also in countries worldwide. Finland has provided free school meals for all children for over 70 years as a means to support their learning, dietary habits and overall health. There is demand for Finnish expertise, which is why Finland and the World Food Programme will build a coalition to support school feeding worldwide. The aim is that by 2030, all children will have access to a healthy meal at school.”

In addition to the official program, dozens of side events will be organized. Finland’s side event will be related to the evaluation of 2030 Agenda actions. Evaluating the plans, measures and results will help in giving as effective and appropriate guidance to policy and funding as possible. In addition to Finland, Costa Rica and Nigeria will present their evaluations at the event.