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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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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 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.

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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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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 grants EUR 44 million in aid for the world’s humanitarian crises

Finland is donating 44.4 million euros in humanitarian aid for the world’s worst crises. The aid, granted by decision of Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto on 12 March, is directed to acute emergency situations in Syria and neighbouring areas, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. Human suffering will also be alleviated in the countries where there are protracted crisis situations, including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Afghanistan. Finland’s support is given through UN agencies and Finnish organizations.

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Finland grants almost 15 million euros in humanitarian assistance for crises with the greatest need

By decision of Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has granted 14.9 million euros in humanitarian assistance for people suffering from the world’s crises. The support is granted to Finnish actors, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and UN agencies.

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Nordic Countries Pledge $750 Million to the Global Fund

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GENEVA - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria strongly welcomed a pledge of US$750 million by Nordic countries, a highly significant contribution to defeating these three infectious diseases.

The announcement was made in Stockholm on 4 September in a joint statement by Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland and the United States, and coincided with meetings by their leaders with President Barack Obama, hosted by Sweden.

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The Nordics: Keeping focused, getting results

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The long-standing commitment of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden to international development has rooted them firmly as leaders in international development assistance. They are strong advocates on human rights issues––addressing inequalities between and within countries––and have forward thinking policies for social development and health.

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Disasters preparedness saves lives and saves money

By Giovanni Zambello, IFRC

“We estimate that for each dollar spent on disaster preparedness, an average of four dollars is saved on disaster response and recovery” says Alberto Monguzzi, Disaster Management Coordinator in the IFRC Europe Zone Office. “Disaster preparedness and risk reduction can equip communities with the tools to reduce the number of lives lost and to protect livelihoods”.

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Finland contributes some 2.5 million Euros to UNESCO’s work in education and freedom of expression in developing countries and the Arab world

On 23 November, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and Excellency Mr. Antti Kuosmanen, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Finland to UNESCO signed an agreement by which Finland will contribute some 2.5 million Euros to support UNESCO’s activities in the field of capacity-building of developing countries for Education for All and in the field of freedom of expression and media pluralism in the Arab World.

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Finland grants 9.5 million euros in humanitarian assistance for the world’s crises

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Press release 239/2012

By decision of Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has granted its humanitarian assistance funds for the last part of the year, totalling 9.46 million euros, to people suffering from the world’s crises. The humanitarian assistance granted by Finland in 2012 thus rises in total to more than 83 million euros. In the distribution of funds this autumn, the humanitarian assistance targets Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

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Landmine Ban: Holdouts Should Join Treaty

International Campaign to Ban Landmines, Nobel Peace Laureate, Turns 20

(New York, October 18, 2012) – The United States and other countries that have not yet banned antipersonnel landmines should join the treaty to eradicate these weapons, Human Rights Watch said today on the 20th anniversary of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), which it co-founded.

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Finnish product improves women’s and girls’ access to birth control in developing countries

An international initiative was announced on Wednesday 26 September in New York to expand access to long-lasting and reliable birth control to 27 million women in developing countries.

”The initiative improves access to contraceptives and therefore provides options for women and girls. Safe contraceptive methods reduce maternal mortality and morbidity, and empower women to decide on their own body,” Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala says.

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UNHCR Syria Fact Sheet - June 2012 (EN/AR)

  • An overwhelming majority of Iraqi refugees 91.6% of refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Syria are from Iraq. The Government of Syria, which has continuously implemented a generous policy towards the stay of Iraqi refugees, estimates that the country hosts about one million Iraqis. 64.6% come from the region of Baghdad alone and 62.4% sought refuge in Syria five or more years ago. 35% of the 27,681 families registered are female-headed households.

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Convention banning landmines enters into force for Finland

Finland vows to continue funding mine action around the world

Geneva – As of 1 July 2012, the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or Ottawa Convention, has entered into force for Finland which is now bound to never, under any circumstances, use, produce or transfer anti-personnel mines and to destroy its existing stockpile of mines within four years.

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The Human Rights Trust Fund

A precious resource to boost work for human rights throughout Europe

A few years ago, the Norwegian government launched a project to give support to Council of Europe member countries in carrying out the work needed to implement the judgments of the Court of Human Rights. The initiative came from a realisation that many member states faced difficulties in changing their law or national practices simply because of financial or structural obstacles, and that what was needed was a structure to help with capacity building and expert support.

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Why international disaster law matters

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BANGKOK, 16 January 2012 (IRIN) - More countries should follow international disaster law to ensure efficient delivery of international aid, say experts.

"Too often, this life-saving assistance is delayed by bureaucratic bottlenecks," Elyse Mosquini, a Geneva-based senior advocacy officer of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), told IRIN.

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Landmine survivors welcome progress at global mine-ban meeting but say much more to be done as casualty toll continues to rise

(Phnom Penh, Friday 2 December 2011): A global conference on the worldwide landmine ban has concluded, with states announcing both promising progress and worrying setbacks in their efforts to eradicate landmines.

“In 1997 we won a treaty. But only when all people in mine affected areas can live in dignity, when no more mines threaten their lives, when no one produces or lays new mines, have we truly won,” said Song Kosal, Cambodian landmine survivor and Youth Ambassador of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL).