Progress Report

The self-report below is organized according to the 24 transformations of the Agenda for Humanity. It is based on commitments pledged at the time of report submission. Click on the 'Expand' symbol to expand each section and read the reporting inputs by transformation.

1A
Demonstrate timely, coherent and decisive political leadership

Individual Commitment

  • Achievements at a glance

    Finland has continued to co-chair the Group of Friends of Mediation in New York. Finland co-facilitated the fourth UN General Assembly resolution on mediation, which among other things points out the importance of conflict prevention, mediation, and mediation support capacities. Also the WHS Summit is referred to in the resolution. Finland and Turkey co-hosted a Ministerial level meeting of the Group of Friends of Mediation during the UN General Assembly high level week, which also discussed the relation between humanitarian crises and mediation. The latest resolution on mediation strives to enhance inclusivity, women's participation, and the integration of the gender perspective in mediation. Finland has continued to support UN seminars on gender and inclusive mediation.Together with other Nordic countries, Finland organized a side-event on Women and Mediation during the PGA's high-level thematic debate on peace and security in May 2016 – presenting also the Nordic Women Mediators Network.

  • Next step to advance implementation in 2017

    Finland organizes the third conference on National Dialogues in Helsinki on 5-6 April 2017.

  • Cross cutting issues

    Gender

  • Other related Agenda for Humanity transformations

    1C - Remain engaged and invest in stability

1B
Act early

Joint Commitment

Core Commitment

  • Achievements at a glance

    Finland and Turkey co-hosted a Ministerial level meeting of the Group of Friends of Mediation during the UN General Assembly high level week, which also discussed the relation between humanitarian crises and mediation.Finland has continued to support UN seminars on gender and inclusive mediation.

  • Cross cutting issues

    Gender

1C
Remain engaged and invest in stability

Individual Commitment

Core Commitment

  • What led your organization to make the commitment?

    Finland has been an active supporter of the New Deal for Fragile States. Finland was co-chair of the International Dialogue for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding in 2014-2015. In 2014 Finland also adopted Guidelines for Development Policy and Development Cooperation in Fragile States – Guidelines for Strengthening Implementation of Development Cooperation.

  • Other related Agenda for Humanity transformations

    4C - Deliver collective outcomes: transcend humanitarian-development divides

1D
Develop solutions with and for people

Individual Commitment

  • Achievements at a glance

    Finland is committed to actively promoting the Women, Peace and Security agenda and the landmark UN Security Council Resolution 1325. The implementation of Resolution 1325 is a priority for the Finnish Government. Finland is currently drafting a new national Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security and has increased financial support to work on Action Plans in other countries and regional organizations.

  • Cross cutting issues

    Gender

  • Other related Agenda for Humanity transformations

    3D - Empower and protect women and girls

2A
Respect and protect civilians and civilian objects in the conduct of hostilities

Individual Commitment

Core Commitment

  • What led your organization to make the commitment?

    Finland’s support to Humanitarian Mine Action dates back to the 1990s. A new humanitarian mine policy has been adopted in 2016 and is now in operation. Finland’s Humanitarian Mine Action takes into consideration development as well as security perspectives, seeking synergies with other programmes and ensuring sustainable results. However, Humanitarian Mine Action is first and foremost a life-saving activity.

  • Achievements at a glance

    Finland channeled EUR 12 million during the period of 2016-2020 to Humanitarian Mine Action. Finland’s support concentrates on fragile states and environments and is channeled to programmes in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia and Ukraine. The comprehensive support offered comprises of mine clearance, mine risk education, victim assistance, stockpile destruction, advocacy, as well as local capacity-building.

    Finland has actively participated in both the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention Meetings of States Parties as well as in the International Pledging Conferences. In 2017, Finland continued its sustained yearly support of EUR 10,000 directed to the Convention’s Implementation Support Unit.

  • How is your organization assessing progress

    Implementing partners report regularly on progress to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. In addition, the Ministry will conduct its own rigorous evaluation activities.

  • Challenges faced in implementation

    The yearly global total number of land mine casualties has started to rise and tackling this worrying trend requires sustained efforts in all of the different areas of Humanitarian Mine Action

  • Next step to advance implementation in 2017

    The implementation of the Humanitarian Mine Action projects of 2016-2020 will continue in 2017.

2B
Ensure full access to and protection of the humanitarian and medical missions

Individual Commitment

Core Commitment

  • What led your organization to make the commitment?

    Humanitarian Policy Paper 2012, Good Humanitarian Donorship and other principles.

2C
Speak out on violations

Core Commitment

  • Achievements at a glance

    The need to respect international humanitarian law has been systematically emphasized in high level interventions by the Finnish Government. Financial support (EUR 1 million) has been provided to the IIIM mechanism in Syria.

2D
Take concrete steps to improve compliance and accountability

Individual Commitment

Core Commitment

  • Achievements at a glance

    Finland has continued to support the International Criminal Court and Justice Rapid Response (JRR) network. An international investigations course of JRR was organized in Finland in 2016.Finland has continued its active support of the ICC in New York by participating in various negotiating and support processes related to the ICC, participating to the work of the Group of Friends of the ICC, and organizing an event with the International Justice Project and the Mission of El Salvador to hear the Chief Prosecutor of the ICC and experiences from survivors of the atrocities in Darfur. Finland played an active role in the process leading to the establishment of the IIIM in December 2016. Finland has provided financial support to the mechanism (EUR 1 million).

2E
Uphold the rules: a global campaign to affirm the norms that safeguard humanity

Individual Commitment

Core Commitment

  • What led your organization to make the commitment?

    Regarding the first commitment, it was made alongside other EU countries because within the implementation of IHL there are deficiencies and we see that there is a need for a dedicated forum for IHL issues.

    On the Arms Trade Treaty, Finland was one of the co-authors of the Treaty in 2013 and has ever since been an active promoter of the Treaty. Finland acted as one of the Vice-Presidents of the Arms Trade Treaty in 2015-2016 and was unanimously elected as the Treaty President in August 2016. The Presidency term will continue until September 2017...

  • Achievements at a glance

    Regarding the first commitment, Finland has continued to support and engage in the process aiming at strengthening compliance with international humanitarian law and is fully committed to strengthening international humanitarian law protecting persons deprived of their liberty.

    On the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), during the Finnish Presidency, the Treaty has so far seen four new States-Parties. Also the Working Groups on Treaty Implementation; Transparency and Reporting; as well as Treaty Universalization (co-chaired by the President) have commenced their work. Finland was a guest speaker at an event on ensuring respect for International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in arms transfer decisions under the ATT and together with the ICRC, organized a national training on International Humanitarian Law and weapons in Helsinki in 2016.

    On the last commitment, Finland is fully committed to strengthening international humanitarian law protecting persons deprived of their liberty.

  • How is your organization assessing progress

    Work on the Arms Trade Treaty universalization is concretized in the number of new ratifications or accessions as well as in increased political dialogue related to the Treaty. The Finnish Presidency will culminate in the Third Conference of States-Parties (11-15 September 2017) after which it is possible to assess the achievements as a whole.

  • Challenges faced in implementation

    - Negotiations take time as there is large number of participants.
    - The Arms Trade Treaty is a young Treaty and the level of ratification varies significantly between different regions. Also, the Treaty is implemented at a national level which can be a challenge to a number of states. The Presidency has sought to engage non-States-Parties in constructive dialogue and has facilitated awareness-raising events, such as the Arms Transfer Dialogue meetings held in Geneva.

  • Next step to advance implementation in 2017

    - Upcoming meeting with the participant states.
    - The Presidency is currently preparing for the Third Conference of States-Parties. The intention is to also raise the issue of the humanitarian consequences of the illicit arms transfers in the Conference. The Presidency is also conducting targeted outreach-visits to different countries, discussing national and regional challenges to Treaty ratification and implementation.

3A
Reduce and address displacement

Individual Commitment

Core Commitment

  • Achievements at a glance

    Finland has continued to provide assistance to the humanitarian organizations mentioned in the first commitment above.
    Finland is actively and constructively following the process leading to the Global Compact on refugees.

  • Cross cutting issues

    Refugees

3D
Empower and protect women and girls

Individual Commitment

Core Commitment

  • Achievements at a glance

    Finland is committed to actively promoting the Women, Peace and Security agenda and the landmark UN Security Council Resolution 1325. The implementation of Resolution 1325 is a priority for the Finnish Government. Finland is currently drafting a new national Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security and has increased financial support to work on Action Plans in other countries and regional organizations.

    Finland promoted actively and successfully language on gender and disabilities in the negotiations on the New York Declaration. Finland also successfully pushed forward strong language on the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the ECOSOC humanitarian omnibus resolution of UN General Assembly 70 and in the humanitarian resolutions of UN General Assembly 71, as well as the resolution on disabilities of CSocD55 .

  • How is your organization assessing progress

    Number of endorsements of the Charter of Inclusion of People with Disabilities and action taken by signatories in implementation. Acceptance of language related to persons with disabilities and the Disability Charter. Inclusion of this theme in international conferences etc.

  • Next step to advance implementation in 2017

    Raise awareness of the role of women with disabilities in humanitarian action by disseminating results of a study on best practices in refugee situations (CSW side event and possibly CRPD side event, other events). Bring innovative solutions into discussions, promote private sector participation on this.

  • Cross cutting issues

    Disability Gender Innovation Private Sector

  • Specific initiatives

    Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action

  • Other related Agenda for Humanity transformations

    3G - Address other groups or minorities in crisis settings

3G
Address other groups or minorities in crisis settings

Individual Commitment

  • What led your organization to make the commitment?

    Persons with special needs are still marginalized in humanitarian action and run a particular risk of being left behind.

  • Achievements at a glance

    Regarding the Charter, a task team was formed by a decision of the IASC to develop guidelines.The topic has been promoted in numerous side events and awareness has been increased. The Permanent Mission in Geneva has continued to be the champion and support the implementation of the Charter. Activities include for example:
    - Leading the dialogue with the IASC, actively participating in and supporting the IASC Task Team work, organizing a side event at the UNHCR ExCom in October 2016.
    - Highlighting the role of women and girls as empowerment and participation of PwD at all levels of humanitarian cycle, emphasizing the role of the private sector in finding innovations and solutions for the PwD in humanitarian context.
    - Leading the informal states’ group of friends work in Geneva including planning outreach activities, supporting the implementation of the Charter etc.
    - Minister of Foreign Affairs has sent a letter to his EU colleagues encouraging them to endorse the Charter.

  • How is your organization assessing progress

    - Number of signatories to the Charter.
    - Task team work in progress.
    - Mainstraiming this isue within OCHA and other humanitarian agencies

  • Challenges faced in implementation

    - Still little awareness, knowledge and lack of guidelines.
    - It is still a relatively new issue to OCHA and many other humanitarian agencies.

  • Next step to advance implementation in 2017

    - Support the work of the IASC Task Team.
    - Focal point nominated at OCHA.
    - Endorsement of the Charter continues at the same or higher speed.

  • Cross cutting issues

    Disability

  • Specific initiatives

    Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action

4B
Anticipate, do not wait, for crises

Joint Commitment

Individual Commitment

Core Commitment

  • What led your organization to make the commitment?

    National knowledge and comparative advantages in this area (DRR) including the Finnish Meterological Institute and meteorological measuring equipment manufacturer Vaisala; our visible and high-level role in the Sendai process of 2014-2015.

  • Achievements at a glance

    Finland was the chair of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2016 and organized the Regional Plafform in Helsinki in October. The Finnish National Plan for the Sendai Framework is being prepared under the leadership of the Ministry of Interior. Finland provides continuing support to the ISDR Secretariat.

  • Next step to advance implementation in 2017

    Integrate into bilateral development co-operation abroad.

  • Cross cutting issues

    Disaster Risk Reduction

4C
Deliver collective outcomes: transcend humanitarian-development divides

Individual Commitment

Core Commitment

  • Achievements at a glance

    Better awareness of the challenges and needs among various stakeholders at the national level.

5C
Invest in stability

Individual Commitment

  • What led your organization to make the commitment?

    - Need to build new transformative partnership between the private sector from the north and of the south.
    - To encourage Finnish companies to look for business opportunities in fragile countries and use the expertise of the private sector in resilience building and disaster risk reduction.

  • Achievements at a glance

    Finnpartership (www.finnpartnership.fi) has in 2016 adopted a special, tailored finance window to help Finnish companies look for business partners in fragile countries. It can cover expenditure up to 85% while in LDCs the level is 70%. Finland has organized a Nordic Innovation Day and invited Finnish and Scandinavian companies and NGOs to discuss solutions to Syria and elaborate new ways to work together in fragile environments.

  • How is your organization assessing progress

    - Number of companies using the window to build partnerships
    - Outcomes of the Nordic Innovation Day

  • Challenges faced in implementation

    - Sustainability of business contacts

  • Next step to advance implementation in 2017

    - Helping companies to forge partnerships with the UN in fragile countries

  • Cross cutting issues

    Innovation Private Sector

  • Specific initiatives

    The Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation

  • Other related Agenda for Humanity transformations

    4B - Anticipate, do not wait, for crises

5D
Finance outcomes, not fragmentation: shift from funding to financing

Individual Commitment

Core Commitment

  • Achievements at a glance

    Multi-annual core funding financing agreements with key humanitarian partners amounting to approximately 30% of total humanitarian funding.

5E
Diversify the resource base and increase cost-efficiency

Individual Commitment

Core Commitment

  • What led your organization to make the commitment?

    Our Humanitarian Policy Paper from 2012 outlines the objectives of our humanitarian aid. Finland aims to be a predictable, reliable and transparent donor and it has already committed to multi-year and un-earmarked contributions in all its core funding to ensure agencies focus on live-saving aspects and core functions without fragmentation.

  • Achievements at a glance

    Finland has endorsed the Grand Bargain during the second half of 2016. Finland has pledged and disbursed EUR 7 million to CERF in 2017. This means that Finland has managed to maintain the level of funding to CERF despite cuts in the national development budget, including humanitarian aid.

  • How is your organization assessing progress

    We are in the process of starting to update our National Humanitarian Policy Paper.

  • Challenges faced in implementation

    For a relatively small donor country like Finland multi-year funding can also reduce flexibility, as a bigger share of funds will be allocated and tied at the beginning of the calendar year.

  • Cross cutting issues

    Central Emergency Response Fund

  • Specific initiatives

    The Grand Bargain