Finland first launched its first National Action Plan in 2008, second in 2012 and third in 2018.

In March 2023 Finland issued its fourth NAP for the period 2023-2027.  To date this is only published in Finnish, but according to a statement from the Finish Ministry of  Foreign Affairs, English and Swedish translations are expected later in 2023.  

This page will be updated when the English translation becomes available.  Meanwhile a statement from the Finish Ministry of Foreign Affairs summarises the objectives of the 2023-2027 NAP, and these are set out below.  

Objectives/Aims of the FlemishNAP 2023-2027:

1. Women’s meaningful participation and diversity have a stronger role in conflict prevention and in building sustainable peace.

2. Women’s leadership, meaningful participation, diversity, and gender mainstreaming have a stronger role in peace processes and mediation.

3. Women’s meaningful participation, diversity, and gender perspective are better integrated into security, preparedness, and crisis management.

4. Women and girls have more security; their rights are better safeguarded, and their diverse needs are better met during crises.

5. The Women, Peace, and Security Agenda is better implemented, and context sensitivity has a stronger role in national and international action.


According to the statement from Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, implementation of the NAP will be monitored on a regular basis and a report will be published every year on progress towards the objectives.

Civil society involvement in developing the 2023-2027 NAP:

According to the statement from Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this fourth NAP was prepared in close collaboration with different branches of government and civil society.  Whilst government ministries and departments will be the principal agencies responsible for implementation, a wide range of civil society organisations and research institutions will be partners with government in the NAP’s implementation and monitoring.

UN Peacekeeping Statistics:

Finland first contributed peacekeepers to the United Nations when it deployed troops to the Suez Canal in 1956 and has continued to provide uniformed personnel since.  

As of May 31, 2023, Finland was contributing 195 personnel to the UN for various missions, in the following ranks:

Women’s role in peacekeeping:

The above table shows Finland had few female personnel on UN peacekeeping missions, but it is hoped this will improve with implementation of the new NAP.


Statement from Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, dated 13 March 2023:  Finland issues its fourth National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (

Finland’s fourth NAP for 2023-2027 is available in Finnish at: Naiset, rauha ja turvallisuus : Suomen kansallinen toimintaohjelma 2023−2027 - Valto (

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