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Press Releases, 4/17/2014 | Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Minister Haavisto to Geneva, with the focus on humanitarian crises

Press release 94/2014

Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto will visit Geneva on 22 April. The purpose of the visit is to meet leaders of the key UN humanitarian aid agencies, and to discuss mediation and fragile states.

During his visit, Haavisto will meet United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, and Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Kyung-wha Kang. The discussions will focus particularly on the most serious crisis situations of the moment – South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Syria – and the mutual cooperation between UN agencies. With Guterres, Haavisto will also discuss observation of refugees with disabilities in the work of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

In Geneva, Haavisto will also meet Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Guy Ryder, with the focus on the organisation’s work concerning fragile states, and Executive Director of the mediation organisation Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue David Harland. The Minister for International Development will also chair a debate on peacebuilding in fragile states in Africa. Haavisto currently acts as co-chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS). The network brings together fragile states, donors and civil society actors.

Additional information: Anna Gebremedhin, Head of Unit for Humanitarian Assistance, tel. +358 40 583 0149

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