The purpose of the Ahtisaari Days is to make peace mediation work more widely known by emphasising the meaning of education, knowledge and communication in particular. The Day consists of a gathering of international experts, events for the public, and happenings to be held in schools.
Ahtisaari Day is organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland together with the Ministry of Education and Culture and The Finnish National Board of Education. Ahtisaari Day was held for the first time in 2011 and the city of Oulu was the site for the day’s main events. In 2012, Helsinki is the main venue of Ahtisaari Day.
Schools around the world are welcome to join Ahtisaari Day. For further information please see contact details below.
The original idea for Ahtisaari Day came from the Country Brand Delegation which outlined solution-oriented approach and functionality as the key strengths of Finland. The Country Brand Delegation assigned the Ministry for Foreign Affairs with a mission to organise an annual peace mediation event, which would be called the Ahtisaari Day. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs accepted the mission and considers the Ahtisaari Day an important initiative by means of which it is possible to enhance international cooperation in peace mediation and highlight Finnish expertise in the arena. In the future, Finland wants to make even stronger commitments to peace mediation. By means of peace mediation, it is possible to affect conflicts in their various stages. In the best-case scenario, conflicts are prevented before they arise.
Director Keijo Norvanto, Unit for Communications, Foreign Ministry,
tel. +358 1605 5836 or mobile tel. +358 40 520 3925