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29 Sep 2015 description

Finland together with many other countries pledged new commitments to peacekeeping at the U.N. Peacekeeping Summit during the week of high-level meetings on 28 September. U.S. President Barack Obama chaired the Summit, which aimed at increasing contributions and at strengthening capabilities to the ever more challenging UN peacekeeping operations.

18 Mar 2013 description

By decision taken by Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala on 15 March, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has granted its humanitarian assistance funds for the first part of the year, totalling EUR 39.8 million, to people suffering from the world’s crises. This time, Finland targets humanitarian assistance to Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Earlier this year, EUR 3.5 million was already granted for the acute needs of the Syrian crisis.

19 Oct 2012 description

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.

24 Oct 2011 description

The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs will allocate EUR 23.6 million of emergency aid by the end of this year. The new decisions made by Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala will raise Finland’s total humanitarian contribution to more than EUR 90 million in 2011. Alongside the alleviation of acute distress situations, Finland lays emphasis on finding long-term solutions.

Finland directs humanitarian assistance to Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

19 Aug 2010 description

By decision of Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen, Finland has granted an additional 3.2 million euros in aid of flood victims in Pakistan.

10 Aug 2010 description

Press release 228/2010

By the decision of Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen, Finland has granted a total of 1.2 million euros in humanitarian assistance for flood victims in Pakistan.

A severe humanitarian crisis has arisen in Pakistan as a result of the heavy monsoon rains the country has experienced in the past few weeks. Some 500,000 people have been left homeless and 252,000 buildings have been destroyed by the floods.

23 Apr 2010 description

Press release 123/2010

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen has allocated EUR 3 million of development cooperation appropriations to a fund supporting reconstruction and stabilization in Pakistani areas bordering on Afghanistan. The fund is managed by the World Bank.

Areas situated near Pakistan's western border suffer from prolonged conflict and social instability. Socio-economic development in Pakistani border regions is considerably behind that in the rest of the country.

01 Apr 2010 description

By decision of Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has granted 47.3 million Euros from the early 2010 humanitarian aid appropriations to the victims of crises and natural disasters in the world. The current sum is in addition to the 5.4 million Euros allocated in January for the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

16 Oct 2009 description

Press release 263/2009

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen has granted EUR 14 million for victims of conflicts and natural catastrophes from the appropriations earmarked for humanitarian assistance for the last months of the year. The aid will be channelled through UN agencies, the Red Cross Movement and Finnish NGOs.

Ten million euros will be allocated to Africa - the Horn of Africa area, East Africa and southern Africa in particular. In the Horn of Africa area, Ethiopia and Kenya suffer from drought and Somalia also from a prolonged conflict.

27 May 2009 description

Press release 146/2009

The Donor Support Group of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA, will convene in Helsinki on 1-2 June. In the meeting, it will focus on the crises where humanitarian assistance is needed, with Sri Lanka and Pakistan being the most topical targets. Another topic on the agenda is the role of OCHA and its development, as well as the cooperation between donors and OCHA.

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen will open the meeting, with Mr.

15 May 2009 description

Press release 135/2009

By decision of Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has granted humanitarian aid appropriations for the first part of the year, totalling 47 million euros, to people suffering from the world's crises. Finland's entire humanitarian aid budget for the present year totals 73 million euros.

The purpose of humanitarian aid is to save human lives and alleviate human suffering in crisis situations.

22 Jan 2009 description

TBy the decision made today, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen has granted one million euros to the Finnish Red Cross for deploying a field hospital to Peshawar, Pakistan.

With help of the assistance granted, the healthcare infrastructure will be expanded to cover the strongly increased need due to escalation of combat activity and various kinds of disturbances in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan and in the so-called Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on the border of Afghanistan.

03 Nov 2005 description

A Boeing 747 aircraft loaded with a thousand Finnish army tents, stoves, blankets and woollen sweaters was on Thursday expected to take off and head for Pakistan's earthquake area in the evening.

The aid load, worth about 900,000 euros, was donated by the Finnish state.

26 Oct 2005 description

Press release 329/2005

Finland donates additional 3, 15 million euros to help the victims of the Pakistan earthquake.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland allocates 2, 7 million euros to Finnish Red Cross in order to acquire and deliver winterized tents. The sum will be used to acquire 6000 tents from Pakistan's neighbouring countries to accommodate 40 000 people. The tents will be distributed as temporary accommodation for those most in need. The tents will also be delivered to remote villages whose inhabitants have so far been beyond international aid.

25 Oct 2005 description

The Finnish Ministry of the Interior decided today on Wednesday 26 October to donate 1,000 tents and tent stoves to FinnChurchAid to be delivered to the earthquake hit region in Pakistan.

12 Apr 2002 description

Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja will attend the meeting of the EU general affairs council on Monday 15 April, and later in the day will travel to New Delhi.

On Tuesday, Tuomioja will meet with Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh to discuss Finnish-Indian bilateral relations, regional issues and international action to combat terrorism.

On Wednesday, Tuomioja will meet South Asian experts on the World Trade Organization and will address a meeting on globalization organized by non-governmental organizations.