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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HELSINKI/ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a generous contribution of €29 million (US$40 million) from the Government of Finland. This contribution will support WFP’s life-saving humanitarian work in countries gripped by crises, as well as those struggling with hunger beyond the media spotlight.
By decision of Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs grants 500,000 euros in humanitarian aid for Ukraine. The aid will be delivered to its destination through UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency , which has a key role in assisting Ukrainians forced to flee their homes.
By decision of Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will provide EUR 280,000 of funding for the work against Ebola performed by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, submitted through the Finnish Red Cross, and EUR 500,000 for corresponding efforts of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
07/24/2014 13:17 GMT
by Aref Karimi
HERAT, July 24, 2014 (AFP) - Two Finnish female aid workers were shot dead by unidentified gunmen while travelling in a taxi in western Afghanistan on Thursday, officials said, the latest killings in a recent spate of attacks on foreigners.
It came as Afghanistan undertakes a massive audit of its recently concluded presidential vote to avert an impasse threatening to plunge the country into an ethnic conflict as foreign troops prepare to depart after more than a decade of war.
By decision of Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has granted 500,000 euros to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) for relief work in Gaza and 350,000 euros to Finn Church Aid for relief work. “Humanitarian aid helps Palestinians who have lost their homes or fled their homes in fear of air strikes; they live in extremely difficult conditions and need urgent emergency relief. As the conflict is escalating, the need for aid is critical and its delivery must be ensured,” Minister Haavisto states.