More Effective Support For Fragile States In Transition
Since 2010 the countries in the g7+ group have engaged in a dialogue between fragile states and donors on the very high risks in development and humanitarian aid activities in fragile states. As a result of the OECD sponsored International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, the g7+ group made a commitment which led to a New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States. Finland became a supporter of the New Deal in 2012.
Universal Periodic Review of Finland’s human rights situation was completed
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Finland’s national human rights situation was completed at Geneva during the 21st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on 19 September, when the plenary session of the Council adopted the UPR Working Group report on the review of the situation in Finland.
Egypt and Finland cooperate on empowering women in peacekeeping operations
The Cairo Regional Centre for Training on Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA) and the Crisis Management Center of Finland (CMC) have a joint project in Egypt to provide training for personnel participating in peacekeeping operations.
The changing dynamic of the conflict in South Sudan is a challenge for women
“The changing nature of the intra-tribal conflict has had a harmful effect on communities: women and children have become primary targets of violence”, said Julia Akur of the South Sudan Women Lawyers Association in a meeting organized by the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations and NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security for the Members of the Security Council.
Impunity, insecurity and limited participation of women remain challenges in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Josephine Ngulula Kabeya, the President of the Forum de la Femme Ménagère (FORFEM) and Elsie Effange-Mbella, the Senior Gender Adviser of the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), spoke of the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in a meeting co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN and the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security in New York on 16th May 2012.
Finnish university provides international forum in Grenada to discuss negotiating environmental agreements
A two-week course for negotiators of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) will be held in Grenada in August 2012. Jointly organised by the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the course provides a forum for negotiators to discuss international environmental law.
Tunisia Hosts Workshop on Improving the Position of Women in Islamic Countries
Representatives from Islamic countries gathered in Tunisia between 8-10 March 2012 to take part in a Parliamentary Workshop for Advancing Maternal and Reproductive Health and Women’s Rights in Member Countries of the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC). The Workshop was organised jointly by the Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) and the Tunisian Ministry of Women and Family Affairs.
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