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29 Jan 2015 description

Ukraine - Conflict

  • Intensive attacks in the eastern Ukraine, including the deadly attacks in Mariupol have caused 5,000 casualties since the beginning of the conflict. Humanitarian needs are also increasing; over 900,000 IDPs and 600,000 refugees to neighbouring countries, mainly to Russia have been reported.

28 Jan 2015 description

Finland has, on 26 January, granted one million euros in humanitarian aid to the International Red Cross for the work to combat Ebola in West Africa. This support for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is channelled through the Finnish Red Cross.

21 Jan 2015 description

The Finnish Ministry of the Interior has decided to send to Ukraine movable tents suitable for winter conditions. They can be used as a field hospital, support for the delivery of humanitarian aid or accommodation for aid workers.

The tents are sent as a response to a request for assistance addressed to the EU by Ukrainian authorities. The European Commission will coordinate the logistics of the assistance and ensure that it reaches its destination in Ukraine.

17 Dec 2014 description

By decision of Development Minister Sirpa Paatero on 17 December, in the last distribution of funds for humanitarian assistance, Finland has granted 13.5 million euros to long-lasting and underfunded crises. The support is awarded to Finn Church Aid and UN organizations. The decision brings Finland’s humanitarian assistance this year to 105.7 million euros. This is a record-high amount for Finland, which indicates the extent of the world’s crises.

12 Dec 2014 description
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A new batch of urgently needed medical and relief supplies is leaving to the Ebola-affected region in West Africa today on board of the Dutch ship "Karel Doorman".

For the second time, as part of the coordinated European response to the Ebola outbreak, the Netherlands has offered to transport vital supplies free of charge. The vessel is carrying 1,500 tons of food for the World Food Programme (WFP) in addition to more than 50 vehicles, medical supplies and protective clothing for health personnel offered by Belgium, France, Germany and the UK.

11 Dec 2014 description

Finland is increasing its support for Ukraine owing to the country’s difficult political, economic and humanitarian situation. Finland’s support to Ukraine in 2014 will total 6.4 million euros. In addition, Finland has dispatched, among others, OSCE observers, border control experts and election observers, as well as anti-corruption and administrative reform experts, to Ukraine.

06 Nov 2014 description

Today the first Ebola aid supplies will be loaded onto the naval ship Karel Doorman, leaving for West Africa tomorrow. Goods will start to come aboard at around midday, including 11 million rubber gloves, a significant number of lorries, ambulances and other vehicles, 1,000 rubber boots, disinfectant, thermometers, generators, mobile laboratories, protective clothing for medical staff and more than 300,000 medical masks for relief workers.

05 Nov 2014 description
report The Niles

The South Sudan National Ministry of Electricity, Dams, Irrigation and Water Resources with the support of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Finland inaugurated the second phase of “Yei Urban Water and Sanitation Project” to provide clean and sufficient water and sanitation services.

30 Oct 2014 description

The Finnish Ministry of the Interior will have 325,000 protective masks delivered to Ebola-affected countries through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The masks are provided by the National Emergency Supply Agency.

The protective masks, which have been approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO), are due to arrive in the Netherlands early next week. They are intended for use by local health staff and international humanitarian workers in Ebola-affected countries.

26 Oct 2014 description

Press release 237/2014

In its autumn distribution of humanitarian aid, Finland has granted 15.7 million euros for the worst crisis sites. Many of these targets are seriously underfunded and have gone unnoticed because of other crises ongoing at the same time. Development Minister Sirpa Paatero made a decision on the matter on the international United Nations Day, 24 October.

22 Oct 2014 description

Development Minister Sirpa Paatero has today signed a pledge of EUR 7.1 million in support for the UN Ebola Trust Fund through which UN agencies, led by WHO, are fighting against the spread of the disease in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

17 Oct 2014 description

Ministry for Foreign Affairs
17.10.2014 17.06

Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja has appointed Counsellor of Foreign Affairs Tiina Jortikka-Laitinen as the Minister’s special representative for the work against Ebola. She starts in her new post immediately. Jortikka-Laitinen has previously served, for instance, as the Ambassador of Finland in Tunisia and as Ambassador in the Dialogue among Civilizations process.

02 Oct 2014 description
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Defeating Ebola conference: Summary of conference pledges

Britain has rallied decisive international support for Sierra Leone in its hour of need, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said following the Defeating Ebola conference today in London.

The conference, co-hosted by the Foreign Secretary and the International Development Secretary, brought together more than 20 governments, a dozen charities and NGOs, the UN, World Bank, health experts and the private sector to pledge funds, equipment and health workers.

25 Sep 2014 description

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is granting 920,000 euros via the Finnish Red Cross for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent work to curb the Ebola epidemic. Finland has previously granted a total of 780,000 euros through WHO and the Finnish Red Cross for the work against Ebola. Thus, Finland’s humanitarian aid contribution rises to a total of 1.7 million euros. The matter was decided by Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Lenita Toivakka, the acting deputy for the Development Minister, upon proposal by the Unit for Humanitarian Assistance.

12 Sep 2014 description

The Council of Europe is implementing a three-million euro assistance programme to promote investigation of the human rights violations that have occurred in Ukraine, to strengthen the trust of national minorities, to carry out constitutional reforms in accordance with Council of Europe standards, to reform the electoral law and election monitoring, to develop local democracy, and to develop the participation possibilities of civil society. Finland participates in supporting the programme by granting 150,000 euros.

12 Sep 2014 description

Finland grants 11.45 million euros in general support of the activities of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

“Finland’s additional support is a strong show of confidence in the UN Population Fund and its work as a promoter of sexual and reproductive health and rights,” comments Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto.

12 Sep 2014 description

Yangon - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Finland have signed an agreement which would see Finland contribute 2 million euros (approximately USD $ 2.6 million) towards UNDP’s work on strengthening democratic governance in Myanmar.

UNDP’s works with government, parliament, judiciary and civil society to promote democratic governance, the rule of law, and the advancement of human rights in order to support the country’s reforms and strengthen foundations for inclusive growth and sustainable development in Myanmar.