Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Director of the UN’s organisation for equality, to visit Finland

Ministry for Foreign Affairs 10.4.2018 13.47 | Published in English on 10.4.2018 at 14.10
Press release

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Director of the UN’s organisation for equality UN Women, will visit Finland on 12–13 April.

On Friday 13 April, Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will participate in the launch of the third Finnish Women, Peace and Security action plan that is related to the national implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325. The resolution discusses women’s position in conflicts and promoting peace and security. UN Women plays a key role in the implementation and coordination of the resolution in particular in the UN system. The launch can be followed live at the address

During her visit, the Director will meet the President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö, Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Anne-Mari Virolainen and Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Annika Saarikko. In addition, the Director will attend the fourth consecutive annual discussions between Finland and UN Women at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs with Under-Secretary of State Elina Kalkku in the lead.

UN Women is one of Finland’s main partners among the UN organisations, and Finland is one of the organisation’s most significant funding countries. In its foreign policy, Finland emphasises strengthening the rights and position of women and girls and promoting gender equality.

President Niinistö is one of the influencers in UN Women’s HeForShe campaign promoting equality. The influencer group consists of heads of state and governments as well as directors of companies and universities.

For additional information, please contact: Special Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Riikka Taivassalo, tel. +358 (0)46 923 4581, Henna Knuuttila, Unit for Sustainable Development and Climate Policy, tel. +358 (0)295 350 246 (Director’s visit) and Ann-Sofie Stude, Unit for UN and General Global Affairs, tel. +358 (0)295 350 639 (action plan launch)

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