At the conference, President Niinistö will participate in a panel discussion on security and partnerships in Europe on the main stage of the conference on Saturday, February 18. He will be joined by the Secretary General of NATO Jens StoltenbergPresident of Moldova Maia Sandu and the Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen. The discussion is expected to cover a wide range of European security issues, including the role of NATO, the situation in Ukraine and relations with Russia.
In addition to the panel discussion, President Niinistö will also give an acceptance speech on Saturday evening at the Ewald von Kleist award ceremony, which has been awarded this year to Finland and Sweden for their historic decision to apply for NATO membership.
During the conference, President Niinistö will also have several important bilateral meetings with other foreign and security policy makers around the world. These meetings are expected to cover a wide range of topics, including trade, security and bilateral relations.
The conference, attended by almost 100 ministers and around 45 heads of state and government, is a significant event in the global security calendar.
The Ewald von Kleist Award is named after the late German aristocrat and soldier who participated in the assassination. Adolf Hitler in 1944. The award is given annually by the Munich Security Conference to individuals or institutions that have made an exceptional contribution to peace and conflict resolution. It is the first time it has been awarded for joining a military alliance.
The Ewald von Kleist Award has been awarded since 2009, and previous awards have been given to, among others, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moonFormer President of Germany Horst KöhlerFormer President of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewskiand the President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santosamong others.
Source: The Nordic Page