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  • Dr R K Pachauri conferred with The Order of the White Rose of Finland

    4 February 2010

    Dr Pachauri received The Order of the White Rose of Finland' from the Prime Minister of Finland at the tenth Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS 2010). He was conferred with the decoration from from H.E. Mr Matti Vanhanen, the Prime Minister of Finland in recognition of his contribution to the in recognition of his decades long, dedicated work in promoting international cooperation on climate change and sustainable development.

    The Order of the White Rose of Finland is one of three official orders in Finland. The President of Finland is the Grand Master of all three orders. The Commander of the Order of the White Rose of Finland conferred to Dr Pachauri is one of the highest decorations granted to foreigners by the President of Finland.

    The Order of the White Rose of Finland was established by Mannerheim in his capacity as regent (temporary head of state) on January 28, 1919. The order's rules and regulations were confirmed on May 16, 1919, and its present rules date from June 1, 1940. The revised scale of ranks was confirmed most recently in 1985. The honour can be granted for military as well as civilian merit. The President of Finland wears the Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose of Finland on a neck chain. The chain is worn four centimetres from either side of the collar and hangs at equal distances at the front and back. The President also has the Star of the Order of the White Rose of Finland.

    The ribbon for all classes is ultramarine. The classes are:

    • Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose of Finland
    • Commander, First Class, of the Order of the White Rose of Finland
    • Commander of the Order of the White Rose of Finland
    • Knight, First Class, of the Order of the White Rose of Finland
    • Knight of the Order of the White Rose of Finland
    • Cross of Merit of the Order of the White Rose of Finland
    • Medal, First Class with golden cross, of the Order of the White Rose of Finland
    • Medal, First Class, of the Order of the White Rose of Finland

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