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Map: How 35 countries compare on child poverty

Map: How 35 countries compare on child poverty | Finland | Scoop.it

A new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund, on the well-being of children in 35 developed nations. Finland scores the highest.

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Finnish deaf rapper brings his music to the UN | United Nations Radio

Finnish deaf rapper brings his music to the UN | United Nations Radio | Finland | Scoop.it

 A deaf rap artist from Finland uses his music to change attitudes towards people with disabilities.
Signmark, also known as Marko Vuoriheimo was born deaf. His passion for music and determination has made him the first deaf person in the world to get a record deal with Warner Music.
He uses sign language to create his hip-hop music, which he performs with Brandon Bauer who serves as his voice for the hearing audience.  http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2012/04/finnish-deaf-rapper-brings-his-music-to-the-un/

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First World Happiness Report launched at United Nations

First World Happiness Report launched at United Nations | Finland | Scoop.it

On 2 April 2012, the first ever United Nations conference on happiness and wellbeing is taking place at the UN Headquarters in New York.

 

They have proven this again. So, my fellow Finns -

B E  H A P P Y!
The happiest countries in the world are all in Northern Europe (Denmark, Norway, Finland, Netherlands).

 

Report as pdf here: http://bit.ly/HvwSt1 ;

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UN Secretary General on visit

UN Secretary General on visit | Finland | Scoop.it
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Finland Friday for a three-day visit at the invitation of President Tarja Halonen.
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UN Committee against Torture presented its concluding observations to Finland - Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN : Current Affairs : Ministry for Foreign Affairs News

With regard to asylum-seekers and aliens pending deportation, the Committee recommends that Finland guarantee a suspensive in-country right of appeal and respect for all legal safeguards pending the outcome of appeal.
In the opinion of the Committee, there are deficiencies in the legislation by virtue of which involuntary psychiatric hospitalization and treatment can be ordered in Finland. The Committee recommends that Finland revise its Mental Health Act and pass clear and specific legislation.
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Finland Signs Agreement with Afghanistan

Finland Signs Agreement with Afghanistan | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland has signed an agreement with Afghan government over implementation of four UN resolutions about women's role in different sectors of the government.

Finland Ambassador to Afghanistan, Pauli Järvenpää, said the agreement is part of the commitments Finland made to Afghanistan during the Kabul International Conference back in 2010.
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UN refugee chief asks Finns to take in Libyans

UN refugee chief asks Finns to take in Libyans | Finland | Scoop.it
On a visit to Helsinki, the UN's High Commissioner for Refugees has called on Finland to take in Libyan refugees, while praising its refugee system.
High Commissioner António Guterres expressed concern on Thursday about the flow of refugees from Syria into Turkey. Within the past day alone, more than 1,000 people have fled the city of Jisr al-Shoughhour over the Turkish border, he noted.

"I have faith in European solidarity and I'm sure that Finns share this as well," Guterres said, adding that the UN wants help from the EU countries, including Finland.
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Committee against Torture gave its concluding observations on Finland

The Government of Finland was heard by the UN Committee against Torture on 18–19 May. Finland received the Committee’s concluding observations, in English, on 3 June. The Finnish and Swedish translations will be done as soon as possible.

Additional information on Monday, 6 June: Head of Unit Arto Kosonen, tel. +358 9 1605 5729, and Counsellor Jaakko Halttunen, tel. +358 9 1605 5713

Press release of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, 24 May 2011: UN Committee against Torture enquired into Finland’s situation http://formin.finland.fi/public/default.aspx?contentid=221450&nodeid=23&contentlan=2&culture=en-US
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International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management meets in Helsinki

Ministry of the Environment and Finnish Environment Institute

The eighth official meeting of the International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, part of the UN environmental programme UNEP, will be held in Helsinki from 29 May to 1 June. Among other issues, the meeting will focus on the material flows of the global metal industry and the availability of minerals, as well as the sufficiency of natural resources and the environmental impact of their utilisation.
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UN Committee against Torture Seeks Clarification from Finland

UN Committee against Torture Seeks Clarification from Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
UN Committee against Torture has posed about 100 additional questions regarding Finland’s periodic report. The committee wants to know in greater detail how various human rights questions are addressed in Finland.
The committee inquired after issues such as violence against women, human trafficking and the legal status of the Roma and Sami people.
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Gaddafi running out of time -Ahtisaari

Gaddafi running out of time -Ahtisaari | Finland | Scoop.it
Martti Ahtisaari, a former president of Finland, was quoted as saying by national daily Helsingin Sanomat on Sunday that he believed that Muammar Gaddafi's time as Libyan leader was running out.

Ahtisaari added that he hoped that Gaddafi would leave Libya while it was still an option.

Ahtisaari went on to describe the UN security council's decision to authorise intervention in Libya as historic.
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Ahtisaari Days make Finnish peace mediation work known - Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland: Current affairs

Ahtisaari Days make Finnish peace mediation work known - Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland: Current affairs | Finland | Scoop.it
Ahtisaari Days will be held in in Helsinki on 19 April. The seminar of international peace mediation work will be attended by, for instance, the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
The purpose of the Ahtisaari Days is to make peace mediation work more widely known by emphasising the meaning of education, knowledge and communication in particular. The Days will consist of three separate parts, including a gathering of international experts, an event for the public, and happenings to be held in schools.
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Finns ready for Syria deployment already on Saturday - Helsingin Sanomat - International Edition - Foreign

Finns ready for Syria deployment already on Saturday - Helsingin Sanomat - International Edition - Foreign | Finland | Scoop.it
 Finland has agreed to send up to ten military observers to Syria if it gets a request from the United Nations. Eleven soldiers have been undergoing training at the Pori Brigade in Säkylä for the mission this week.
The soldiers are ready to go as soon as the training and equipping processes are over on Friday.
The group of international observers is to comprise 300 soldiers.
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Key to happiness? Friends, sex, short work commutes - New York Daily News

Key to happiness? Friends, sex, short work commutes - New York Daily News | Finland | Scoop.it

Last week, the United Nations unveiled the first-ever "World Happiness Report," which pegged Northern European countries, including Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Iceland, as among the happiest in the world. While money can certainly buy you happiness (to an extent), the report also examined other ways people get a boost, such as enjoying time with friends and having a healthy body...

 

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Niinistö to meet UN chief

Niinistö to meet UN chief | Finland | Scoop.it

Finland's President Sauli Niinistö travelled to South Korea on Saturday to take part in the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit.

Before the gathering, President Niinistö will meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

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Thousands of torture victims live in Finland

Thousands of torture victims live in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
The United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is once again being observed on 26 June. The Centre for Torture Survivors at the Helsinki Deaconess Institute highlights the fact that thousands of torture victims also live in Finland.
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Doctor: Finland deports dozens of torture victims each year

The Centre for Torture Survivors in Finland has accused the Finnish Immigration Service of callous disregard for torture victims. They say that dozens of asylum seekers have their applications turned down and are deported back to their country of origin, in contravention of the United Nations Convention Against Torture.
Nearly 60 percent of all asylum seekers in Finland have some kind of torture trauma. Physical and sexual torture are the most commonly understood ways in which people experience torture, but the effects of psychological torture can be even more serious.
The centre’s director, Pekka Tuomala, says that psychological torture can involve watching relatives killed or raped, and that those cases are often ignored. Around 200 torture survivors are referred to the centre, which is run by the Helsinki Deaconess Institute, each year.
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Interview with UN Youth Champion Monique Coleman

Finnish UN Youth Delegate Alina Böling interviews UN Youth Champion Monique Coleman during World Village Festival in Helsinki on 29th of May 2011.
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UN reviewers: Finland's measures against corruption have been successful

An international expert group has reviewed the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in Finland. According to the review, the Finnish anti-corruption machinery functions well and some of the practices adopted in Finland could serve as models for other states.

Overall, the legislation in Finland fulfils the requirements laid down by the UN Convention. The review group presents altogether 19 recommendations to Finland. Most of the recommendations deal with possibilities of making minor amendments to the legislation.
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Finnish firms victorious in UN’s digital applications contest - Good News from Finland

Finnish firms victorious in UN’s digital applications contest - Good News from Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
Good News: Finnish firms victorious in UN’s digital applications contest http://dlvr.it/Tvdhc...
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UNHCR - UNHCR completes series of regional dialogues with women in anniversary year

UNHCR - UNHCR completes series of regional dialogues with women in anniversary year | Finland | Scoop.it
HELSINKI, Finland, May 25 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has completed a unique and moving series of regional dialogues with women that began in India last November and wrapped up in Finland this week.

The seven dialogue meetings brought together hundreds of women in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas and were aimed at giving refugee women a voice and an opportunity to influence change during UNHCR's landmark 60th year.
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United Nations stamp spotlights Helsinki’s Suomenlinna naval fortress

United Nations stamp spotlights Helsinki’s Suomenlinna naval fortress | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland featured for the first time on UN stamp

Helsinki’s 250-year-old naval fortress of Suomenlinna has received its own stamp. The stamp was released last week by the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) in a series that depicts UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The Suomenlinna stamp depicts the Kuninkaanportti (“King’s Gate”) original main entrance to the fortress.
This is the first time Finland is featured in a UN stamp.
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Kofi Annan Visiting Finland | Diasporian News 2011-04-19

Kofi Annan Visiting Finland | Diasporian News 2011-04-19 | Finland | Scoop.it
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is arriving to Finland on the invitation of the former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari to participate in the tenth anniversary seminar of the Ahtisaari-led Crisis Management Initiative (CMI).
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Finland’s Passivity on Libya Surprises Expert

Finland’s Passivity on Libya Surprises Expert | Finland | Scoop.it
Traditionally Finland has actively supported UN actions and resolutions. However researcher Charly Salonius-Pasternak from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs says that Finland is not doing enough in regard to Libya.
“It’s difficult to watch—when for years support has been given for protection of civilians and implementation of UN resolutions—that now it’s announced so quickly that there’s no involvement whatsoever,” Salonius-Pasternak said in an interview with the YLE Aamu-tv programme. http://bit.ly/hckz4F
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