HELSINKI, 10 July 2015 – High-level representatives of governments from OSCE participating States and their Mediterranean and Asian Partners for Co-operation gathered today in Helsinki to mark the 40th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act.
The commemorative event, followed by the high-level discussion, symbolically took place in the Finlandia Hall where the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe was signed on 1 August 1975.
Press Release 83/2015 16 March 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.