What is development policy?
Finland conducts development policy in order to reduce global poverty and inequality in accordance with the international treaties, commitments and principles approved by the Government. The policy covers development cooperation, humanitarian assistance and cross-administrative and cross-sectoral cooperation pursued to promote sustainable development. Development policy is targeted especially at poor and vulnerable regions, but it is also a means to exert influence on decision-making in international forums. In other words, development policy is a means for Finland to carry its share of global responsibility and to exercise global influence.
The UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its goals, and human rights form the foundation on which development policy is based. Finland specifies its own goals by preparing a development policy programme for each term of government.
Development policy is part of the external relations of Finland and the EU. In addition, it plays an important role in that it strengthens coherence, which supports sustainable development in other policy sectors. It also complements Finland’s foreign and security policy and external economic relations by bringing in the sustainable development perspective.