Finland

Plan launched first in 2008, second in 2012, third in 2018

Objectives/ Aims:

Conflict Prevention, Peace Negotiations and Peacebuilding
• Objective 1: Finland will actively advocate the implementation of Resolution 1325 in conflict prevention, peace negotiations, peacebuilding and humanitarian aid
• Objective 2: Finland will support women's economic and political participation and empowerment in conflict prevention
• Objective 3: Finland will promote women’s active participation in issues related to the environment and security as well as support women’s participation in the mitigation of climate change and adaptation to its consequences
Crisis Management
• Objective 4: Finland will increase the number and share of women in crisis management and strengthen the implementation of 1325 objectives both nationally and in international organisations and operations engaged in crisis management tasks
• Objective 5: Finland will ensure that all persons sent on crisis management missions, their trainers and the responsible authorities possess required expertise in human rights and gender equality issues and good team working skills
• Objective 6: Military and civilian crisis management staff will have an explicit Code of Conduct and compliance with the guidelines will be monitored, strengthening, protecting and safeguarding the human rights of women and girls
Strengthening, Protecting and Safeguarding the Human Rights of Women and Girls
• Objective 7: Finland will contribute to the strengthening of the human rights of women and girls
• Objective 8: Finland will participate in the fight against impunity
• Objective 9: Finland will strive to prevent trafficking in human beings and sexual and other violence against women, and to support victims of these crimes
Research and Communications
• Objective 10: Finland promotes studies, research and information on Resolution 1325
Monitoring and Reporting
• Objective 11: Finland will report on implementation of Resolution 1325

Commentary:

In 2008, Finland launched its first National Action Plan for the period 2008-2011. In 2012  a revised NAP was introduced for the period 2012-2016. The Finnish Government has recently launched its third National Action Plan for a period of four years (2018-2021)

Civil Society:

By implementation of the NAP in Finland, a very strong network of organizations has been created to support the research, training and seminars in regards to women, peace and security. Organizations such as UN Women Finland, Finnish League for Human Rights, Amnesty International’s Finnish Section, KATU, Civil Society Conflict Prevention Network, The Family Federation, Feminist Association Union, NYTKIS, The Coalition on Finnish Women’s Associations, National Council of Women inFinland, UN Association of Finland, Crisis Management Initiative, YWCA, YoungWomen’s Christian Association, Women Journalists in Finland, Finnish Section ofWomen’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Women in peacekeeping:

The needs of women in the Security sector as combatants are carried on in the field of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration. Third Finnish NAP consists of four pillars which are; serving to strengthen the meaningful participation of women in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, mainstreaming gender in security sector, improving the protections of women and girls and strengthening conflict prevention.


UN Peacekeeping Statistics:

Police: 3 out of 14

Troops: 17 out of 193

Staff Officers: 0 out of 9

Experts on Mission: 4 out of 15

Source:
Finland Second National Action Plan NAP (2008)(2012-2016)
Finland Revised National Action Plan (2012)
Finland Revised National Action Plan (2018)
UN Peacekeeping (20187)
Peace Women (n.d)



References:

Government of Finland (2008), Finland´s National Action Plan 2008-2011.pp.1-7. Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. pp1-37.

Government of Finland (2008), Finland´s National Action Plan 2012-2016.pp.1-7. Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. pp1-56.

Government of Finland (2008), Women, Peace and Security Finland's NationalAction Plan 2018–2021. pp.1-7. Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.pp1-68.

PeaceWomen (n.d.). National Action Plan:Finland. [online] Peacewomen.org. Available at: http://www.peacewomen.org/nap-finland [Accessed 25 Sep. 2018].

UN Peacekeeping (2018). Summary ofContributions to UN Peacekeeping by Country and Post. [online]Peacekeeping.un.org. Available at: https://peacekeeping.un.org/sites/default/files/5.pdf [Accessed 25 Sep. 2018].

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