Welcome to the Finnish Delegation at HNPW 2022
Preparing for the future
Technology Service Innovation Infrastructure Research Cooperation Education
We represent a network of strong relationships and best practices between all humanitarian actors of society
Finnish humanitarian assistance is based on international humanitarian law, international human rights treaties, refugee law and the principles endorsed by the UN. Finland is committed to the principles of Good Humanitarian Donorship and will be co-chairing the GHD group together with Belgium between 2021-2023. During this chairmanship, Finland will focus especially on the adverse effects of counter-terrorism measures on humanitarian action; protection, with particular attention on gender and disability inclusion; quality funding; and change in humanitarian action.
Finland has a strong tradition in research, development and innovation. A multi-stakeholder approach is highly valued in Finland and evident in the way we work towards the Sustainable Development goals, jointly by the public sector, businesses, civil society and private individuals.
Finland hosts one UN Technology Innovation Lab (UNTIL). The Lab is based at Aalto University Campus, a veritable hub of Finnish and international innovation. It forms part of the larger UN network of Labs and promotes technological solutions in four important fields, including peace and security. In addition, the Social Impact Investing Initiative (S3I) of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has its office in Finland.
The Ministry of the Interior forms part of the Government. The Ministry’s three key duties are:
- preparing legislation concerning the police, rescue services, emergency response centre operations, border management, maritime search and rescue, and migration
- performance management of agencies and institutions in the ministry’s branch of government and
- dealing with international and EU matters that fall within its mandate.
The Ministry of the Interior is responsible for internal security and migration. Its role and duties have rapidly become more and more relevant given the trend towards greater instability in our security environment.
Safety is the backbone of a stable and thriving society and our whole way of life is built on it. A sense of security is a basic human need and thus an essential part of wellbeing. Internal security means that in a society everyone, whether an individual, a business or an organisation, can enjoy the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the legal system without fear or insecurity caused by crime, disorder, accidents or any other phenomena.
Finland’s preparedness cooperation model is one of Comprehensive Security, in which the vital functions of society are looked after through cooperation between the authorities, business community, organisations and citizens. Finland is a safe country in a number of aspects and our approach is developed to ensure it remains as such.
SOLUTIONS FOR GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES
Business Finland is the government organization for innovation funding and trade, travel and investment promotion. Our organization employs around 700 specialists at foreign locations and in Finland. We are also part of the Team Finland network.
Developing Markets Platform (DevPlat) at Business Finland helps Finnish companies and their partners access African and Asian growth markets to develop sustainable business. We offer information, advice, contacts and innovation funding.
Each year, the United Nations procures products and services for 20 billion dollars. These procurements need to be in line with sustainable development goals. We offer through DevPlat:
- UN information and right contacts for the customers
- joint events in collaboration with the UN, the other Nordic countries and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs
- individual sparring how to collaborate and make business with UN entities in order to build your own pathway to this market
Humanitarian crisis relief and recovery work at DevPlat is related to new initiatives, where focus is put on specific business areas to help underserved and fragile target groups in specific developing markets.
DISASTER RELIEF AND HUMANITARIAN SUPPORT
ResCamp Modules® (RCM) (www.rescamp.com) is fostering recovery, reconciliation, resilience and rebuilding in the areas of crisis and disasters. The concept provides rapid, scalable and modular solutions for humanitarian support needs for disaster victims, displaced persons or refugees. Tailor-made “turnkey” solutions serve also for upgrading existing camps and sites even off-grid. Some of our solutions are:
RCM includes solutions also for schools, hospitals and health stations, also for protection and security, ITC, information collection and management. These are co-created with end-users and product providers by integrating state-of-art, sustainable innovations.
Our partners are: (click for video list of solutions)
The Finnish Red Cross is one of the largest civic organisations in Finland. The objective of the Finnish Red Cross is to help those who need it most both in Finland and, together with the elements of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, abroad.
Finnish Red Cross has 40,000 active volunteers, 80,000 members, 100,000 regular financial contributors and 132,000 blood donors each year. Finland’s population is 5,5 million.
The volunteers of the Finnish Red Cross operate in their local branches. Altogether, there are approximately 500 branches. The branch volunteers are supported by the employees of twelve district offices. By supporting the branches, the districts enable the work of the volunteers.
The volunteer work and aid activities of the Red Cross are coordinated at the national level by the national headquarters. Its responsibilities include development of the organisation’s operations, cooperation with authorities, national campaigns, and international aid. In addition, the different elements of the structure of the organisation engage in various forms of advocacy.
The highest decision-making authority of the Finnish Red Cross is the general assembly. Deputies for the assembly are elected by the members, and the assembly convenes every three years. The general assembly elects the board and other organs of trust that direct the organisation’s operations at the national level.
The question of how many trillions the Covid-19 pandemic will eventually cost the world is not as important as the fact that the central banks have been able to create these trillions, print enough money to cover the unprecedented costs without destroying the world economy in the process.
In the SCRAP the GAP podcast Finnish Red Cross Advocacy and Communication specialist Pekka Reinikainen looks at the possibility of future humanitarian emergencies colliding with the reality of dwindling funding.
Finnish Water Forum is a joint network of Finnish water sector and a platform for multi-stakeholder cooperation since 2009. Today, Finnish Water Forum has over 130 member organizations including governmental and non-governmental organizations, research and scientific institutions, universities and educational institutions and private sector companies. With a wide network of partners around the world, the mission of Finnish Water Forum is to create sustainable solutions for global water, climate, and biodiversity challenges with Finnish know-how and technology jointly with local and international actors.
Finland has developed its water expertise since 1950’s, when it was recovering from the losses of war. Rapidly growing industries and communities were polluting the shallow lakes and rivers in alarming rate. To take care of precious resources, not only government took the initiative, but also civil society and industries started to act by jointly monitoring and restoring polluted waterbodies. To further enhance the cross-sectoral collaboration on today’s water issues, Finnish Water Forum compiles the unique Finnish water expertise and brings together innovative solutions to ensure water secure world by 2030.
HUMAN SECURITY FINLAND
A key factor influencing security environment is climate change which causes ever-increasing risks from extreme weather conditions such as storms, record rainfalls, flooding and heat waves. We need to develop new operating models to manage these risks to improve the security and crisis management. It is important to build greater coordination between humanitarian and civil protection actors with the aim of responding to future Climate Security challenges.
Human Security Finland is an international development and crisis management business network. It facilitates the formation of business partnerships between Finnish companies and experts to assist developing countries and crisis-hit regions with solutions to support sustainable development. The network combines business, education and research expertise to build the better future.
Human Security Business network will tackle food, water, health, environment, and other Peace & Security issues by creating new sustainable business partnerships, according to UN Agenda 2030.
HANKEN HUMLOG Institute
The Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research Institute (HUMLOG Institute) is a focal point for researchers in humanitarian logistics, based at Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki.
The primary aim of the institute is to conduct research in humanitarian logistics and supply chain management. The main related output is publications, with a focus on high-quality peer-reviewed articles in academic journals. The research contributes to education and strives to have an impact on society. The main principles of operation are openness and transparency.
Our activities are organised around four main pillars:
- Research, ranging from individual research projects such as a doctoral dissertation to consortium projects with partners
- Education, through Master’s and PhD program;
- Customised trainings, in partnership with practitioners;
- Communication, dissemination and exchange of knowledge, via events and seminars, our Blog and academic publications. Our team is also specially involved in publishing the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
We believe in synergistic collaboration and partnerships to achieve the aims we have set out and therefore work closely with large number of partners. We are involved and want to be involved in projects with representation of the academic community, the practitioners from humanitarian community and also civil society depending on the specificities of the project. Our expertise is that we go in- depth into challenges and together with our partners produce research outcomes, which are beneficial to people in need.
TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER
Laurea University of Applied Sciences is international school with six campuses in the Helsinki region.
Laurea’s fields of education and expert RD activities include risk management and security leadership, social responsibility and nursing, service business among other special fields. Laurea’s pedagogical model Learning by Developing is based on encounters with the working life.
Laurea has three research programs “Coherent security”, “Sustainable and versatile social and health care” and “Service business and circular economy”. The fields of expertise in the security research program are: cyber security, civil protection, emergency first response, crises management, crime prevention, counter terrorism, hybrid threats, border and maritime security, arctic security, school safety&security, pedagogy, ethics, evaluation expertise. The focus is on internal& external security nexus.
In the education side Laurea’s Global Health&Crisis Management Master’s programme focuses on healthcare development and management from perspectives of global health and humanity, health&infection prevention and crisis management. Bachelor program in Safety, Security&Risk Management promotes expertise on general preparedness&resilience in society, with strong business mindset. Laurea also offers opportunities to improve and update your professional skills by freely customizing studies from available courses to achieve specific qualifications.
CLOUD SERVICES FOR HUMANITARIANS
Molnix started from the mess of how humanitarian rosters were managed in spreadsheets, and observed that adapting traditional HR systems to fit humanitarian needs has not been successful anywhere. Instead, Molnix decided to tackle this problem in a way that helps all humanitarian agencies. Combining innovations in disaster preparedness, modern IT and best practices in humanitarian HR, Molnix Rapid Personnel Manager (RPM) was born.
RPM is an innovative solution to mobilize your top people to disaster areas, development projects or crisis zones. RPM is a complete human resource management system cloud application to manage staff, security, training, work contracts and more. It is specifically designed to serve HR needs where speed, automation and support for a global workforce as well as global operations are key.
The system is already proven together with many organizations – such as the Finnish Red Cross and Norwegian Red Cross field hospitals as used by IFRC. It is easy to adopt and your existing roster information can be migrated in the process. RPM also acts as unique platform for organizations to work together in new ways. It not only enables easy secondments, but allows a unique type of sharing of report templates, best practices and customizations while saving on expenses.
WE BUILD LASTING PEACE AND SECURITY
SaferGlobe is an independent Finnish peace and security think tank solving the most difficult challenges through cross-disciplinary tailored multi-expert teams. Through our broad networks, we access the best knowledge and create new understandings and information.
We saw great people doing fantastic work in tough situations but with very little possibility to reflect or tap the support that exists for them. The same challenges also seem to be doing the rounds with great learning in some organisations and very little in others.
We bring people together to hash out solutions. Depending on the problem, we can invite retired humanitarians, business experts, techies, and civil society. We always include local knowledge and focus on practical possibilities, which are possible to do with the resources. We can provide the space for reflection and ongoing development that does not exist in the field.
Why SaferGlobe? Look around you. How many peace and security think tanks do you see in a humanitarian event? How long have we spoken about the linkages between fragility, societal resilience, and disasters? Exactly! The Finnish networks are broad, but silos are few. Collaboration is easy between different actors, from NGOs to the military— with many professionals in Finland eager to use their knowledge to create a better world. Contact us for more information on this amazing resource
Finland may be small, but we are significant, read on!
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