President Niinistö to speak about security in Europe at the Munich Security Conference at noon on Saturday

Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
Press release 6/2023
16 February 2023

President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö will attend the international Munich Security Conference in Germany on 17–18 February 2023.

President Niinistö will participate in a panel discussion on NATO, security and partnerships in Europe on the main stage of the conference on Saturday 18 February together with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, President of Moldova Maia Sandu and Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen.

On Saturday evening, President Niinistö will deliver the acceptance speech at the Ewald von Kleist Award ceremony. This year, the Munich Security Conference has awarded the prestigious prize to Finland and Sweden for their historic decision to apply for NATO membership. Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Prime Minister of Sweden Ulf Kristersson and former Prime Minister of Sweden Magdalena Andersson will also attend the event.

During the conference, President Niinistö’s programme also includes a number of important bilateral meetings.

Organised since 1963, the Munich Security Conference is a discussion forum that seeks to promote conflict resolution, international cooperation and dialogue. The conference brings together foreign and security policy decision-makers from around the world, including some 45 heads of state and government and nearly 100 ministers.