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Liberia + 3 others
Finland intensifies its efforts to stop Ebola

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.

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Sierra Leone + 14 others
Defeating Ebola conference in London: International community pledges more health workers, funding and supplies

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Representatives from more than 20 governments, a dozen NGOs, the UN and a number of multinational companies have pledged emergency medical facilities, health workers to provide care and training to local staff, funding, equipment and logistics.

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Liberia + 3 others
Finland strengthens its contribution to the fight against the Ebola epidemic

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.

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Ukraine + 1 other
Finland grants 150,000 euros in support for Ukraine's democracy and rule of law programme

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.

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World + 1 other
Finland grants additional support for the UN Population Fund

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.

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Myanmar + 1 other
Partnership between UNDP and Finland supports Democratic Governance in Myanmar

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.

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World + 1 other
Finland Donates €29 Million Over Four Years To Provide Life-Saving Food In Crises

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.

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Finland + 1 other
Finland grants 500,000 euros for the victims of the conflict in Ukraine

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.

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Sierra Leone + 4 others
Finland to provide humanitarian assistance for fight against Ebola epidemic

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).

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Gunmen kill two Finnish women in western Afghanistan

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.

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Humanitarian aid from Finland to help the Palestinians

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.

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World + 1 other
Finland assisting SPREP help villages adapt to climate change

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Village life in the Pacific may seem idyllic to some but it can be pretty tough for those living a basically subsistence existence.

It's being made even tougher by the effects of climate change.

Finland is helping to fund a project by SPREP, the Secretariat of the Pacific Environment Programme to try to reduce the vulnerabilities faced by village people.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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World + 1 other
From “Forgotten” to “Vulnerable” to “Valuable” – Persons with Disabilities in Refugee and Displacement Settings

NEW RESEARCH THROWS SPOTLIGHT ON POSITIVE PRACTICES AND ONGOING GAPS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF 7.7 MILLION DISPLACED PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

UN REFUGEE AGENCY AND GOVERNMENT OF FINLAND ANNOUNCE COMMITMENTS TO PROMOTE DISABILITY INCLUSION

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South Sudan + 1 other
Finland increases humanitarian assistance to South Sudan

Finland is increasing its humanitarian assistance to South Sudan by 4 million euros. As a result of the crisis in South Sudan, 1.5 million people have had to leave their homes. Almost 400,000 of them have fled to neighbouring countries. There are 3.8 million people in need of assistance, and the risk of famine is great.

“The humanitarian situation is alarming and worsening. If the violence does not stop and a political solution to the crisis is not found, the consequences will be catastrophic,” Development Minister Pekka Haavisto says.

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World + 14 others
Peacebuilding Fund Receives Commitment of $73 Million for this Year

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The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund expects to receive $73 million in contributions this year, after more than 20 donors earlier reaffirmed multi-year commitments and made new pledges at the fourth annual High-level Stakeholders Meeting of the Fund, held in New York today.

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Finland augments its support for the Central African Republic

Finland will donate additional EUR 1.5 million in humanitarian assistance for the Central African Republic, where about a half of the population is in need of humanitarian aid. More than 560,000 people have been forced out of their homes. Since the beginning of the conflict, approximately 370,000 people have fled to the neighbouring countries.

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Viet Nam + 1 other
Finland to support Vietnam to upgrade the capacity to measure rainfall, forecast storm and lightning

On the morning of May 20th, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Vietnam Nguyen Linh Ngoc had a meeting with Mr. HEKimmo Lähdevirta, Finnish Ambassador in Vietnam. Two parties exchanged views on the project "Upgrading the capacity to measure rain, forecast storm and lightning By National Center for Hydrometeorology Forecasting" using preferential loans of the Finnish Government.

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Ethiopia + 1 other
Ethiopia, Finland to Implement Acid Soil Treatment Project

Posted by Tesfaye Abera

Addis Ababa March 25/2014

The government of Ethiopia, in collaboration with the government of Finland, has designed a project for acid soil treatment and its implementation would begin soon, the Ethiopian Geological Survey disclosed.

Chief Geologist with Ethiopian Geological Survey Hunde Meleka said the project will be implemented by the Ethiopian Geological Survey and the Ministry of Agriculture on the Ethiopian side, and the Foreign Ministry as well as the Geological Survey and the Agriculture and Nutrition Study Program of Finland.