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Drought in Horn of Africa is a race against time – “Help us now”, humanitarian aid leaders are appealing

Climate scientists and village elders both say the drought is the worst in the past four decades

The Horn of Africa is battling with a historic drought that threatens the lives of millions of people. More funding is urgently needed for both emergency relief and long-term solutions. Finland, too, has increased its support to the region. Massive amounts of humanitarian assistance are needed in the Horn of…

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Climate is also a security policy issue

Drought and lack of jobs are driving migration flows, first to big African cities and then to Europe

“The fight for natural resources is a common trigger for conflict in many places. When I was in Uganda, I saw what an immense impact climate change and loss of biodiversity have on people’s lives,” says Anna Merrifield, Director of the recently created Unit for Climate and Environmental Diplomacy at…

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Finland increases its support to victims of the most serious crimes of international concern

The Trust Fund for Victims at the ICC assists victims of the most serious crimes of international concern and human rights violations, including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity

Finland’s support will be targeted at providing assistance to victims of sexual and gender-based violence in Uganda, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and at implementing reparations awarded to former child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as ordered by the…

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Finland invests in fighting climate change in North Africa

Finland will allocate EUR 39.73 million in funding for the High Impact Partnership on Climate Action (HIPCA) launched by the EBRD

Finland will strengthen its role in the fight against climate change through an investment in a new partnership launched by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The funding will be targeted at climate action in North Africa. Finland will allocate EUR 39.73 million in funding for the High…

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Finland opens embassies in Dakar and Doha

Embassies of Finland will be established in Dakar, Senegal, and in Doha, Qatar, as of 10 December 2021

The President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö approved an amendment to the Decree of the President of the Republic on the Foreign Service. The amendment concerning the locations of Finland’s diplomatic missions and the provision of consular services in the Diplomatic Service will enter into force on 10 December 2021.…

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Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit Finland

The Ministers will discuss the bilateral relations between Finland and Rwanda, regional questions and multilateral cooperation

Minister for Foreign Affairs Haavisto will meet Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Vincent Biruta in Helsinki on 6 October. The Ministers will discuss the bilateral relations between Finland and Rwanda, regional questions and multilateral cooperation. They will also deepen the economic relations by signing a Memorandum of Understanding on Trade…

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Finland to open an embassy in Dakar

A Finnish mission in Dakar can cover several countries in that area, including the Sahel region, whose security development Europe is closely monitoring

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is making preparations to expand and strengthen the network of Finnish missions abroad. A new embassy will be opened in Dakar, Senegal. The embassy would start operations at some point later this year. In September 2020, Finland reopened its embassy in Manila, the Philippines. In…

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Supporting international non-governmental organisations to promote tax transparency and sexual and reproductive health and rights in developing countries

Funding allocated to tax justice is part of the implementation of the Government’s Taxation for Development Action Programme

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has granted EUR 17 million to international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) for 2021–2024. The support was granted to five organisations for their work on promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHRs) worldwide, and especially in Afghanistan, and for strengthening tax transparency in sub-Saharan Africa. The…

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Minister Ville Skinnari to Brussels to discuss the EU's new Africa Strategy

Finland considers that the EU must be a strong geopolitical player in Africa and should not abandon its role as Africa's most important partner

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell Fontelles and EU Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen have invited EU development ministers to discuss the new EU Strategy for Africa at an informal lunch in Brussels on 13 February. Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville…

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Personal Envoy of UN Secretary-General to visit Finland to report on Mozambican peace process

The Mozambican peace process is in a critical phase as the opposition troops are being demobilised

Mirko Manzoni, Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Mozambique and Neha Sanghrajka, Senior Mediation Advisor, will visit Finland on 3–4 February. The Mozambican peace process is in a critical phase as the opposition troops are being demobilised. The aim is to return them to their communities and reintegrate them…