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Press Releases, 5/22/2014 | Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Ministry for Foreign Affairs will participate in the World Village Festival

Press release 121/2014
22 May 2014

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will take part in the annual World Village Festival on 24–25 May and is one its Main Partners. The festival takes place in Kaisaniemi Park and Railway Square in Helsinki.

The exhibition of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, at R509, is located in the middle of Railway Square. The exhibition presents the results of development cooperation. In addition, Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja and Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto will participate in panel discussions to be held during the festival.

On Saturday from 12:00 to 12:30, Foreign Minister Tuomioja will discuss the human rights situation in African countries together with journalist Simon Kaheru of Uganda, journalist Dommie Yambo-Odotte of Kenya and media university teacher Robin Tyson of Namibia. The discussion will be held in English. It will be moderated by Heikki Aittokoski, a journalist at the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.

Development Minister Pekka Haavisto will discuss disaster risk reduction with UN Development Programme (UNDP) expert Havhim Badji at 13:10 to 13:40. The discussion will be held in Finnish. It will be moderated by YLE journalist Annika Damström.

Both panel discussions will take place on the Taiga Stage in Kaisaniemi Park.

The festival can be followed on the Facebook page of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs,  www.facebook.com/ulkoministerio, and on Twitter, www.twitter.com/ulkoministerio, #MK2014

The Ministers will also take part in discussions organized by other actors.

Members of the Finland/Africa journalist network from various African countries will be available at the Foreign Ministry’s tent on Saturday from about 14:00 onwards. For more information about the network  http://suomiafrica.org/

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs supports the photo exhibition of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on child marriage, which will be opened at Postihalli, Helsinki Railway Station, on Friday, 23 May. The exhibition is open to the public throughout the festival and until 5 June. Read more about the exhibition http://tooyoungtowed.org/

Additional information: Press Officer Pirjo-Liisa Heikkilä, e-mail: firstname.lastname@formin.fi, mobile tel. +358 50 571 5659, Department Secretary Pia Helin, firstname.lastname@formin.fi, mobile tel. +358 40 744 2012

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