Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto will visit Nairobi, Kenya, from 6 to 7 April. He will meet Kenya’s Minister of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Alfred Mutua, leaders of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other international organisations, and representatives of civil society. Among the topics of the meetings are Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, bilateral relations between Finland and Kenya and regional questions in the Horn of Africa, such as peace and security, youth-inclusive peace processes, and environmental and climate matters.
“The resolution on Youth, Peace and Security recognises the positive and active role of young people in preventing and resolving conflicts, in building peace and preventing violent extremism. We must consider the needs and perspectives of young people and increase their participation in decision-making and at all stages of peace processes,” Haavisto says.Foreign Minister Haavisto will meet Kenya’s Foreign Minister Alfred Mutua on 6 April. The ministers will discuss bilateral relations between Finland and Kenya, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Finland’s NATO membership, peace mediation, and climate policy. In addition, Haavisto will meet leaders of international organisations and UN agencies.At Kenya’s request, Finland is supporting Kenya in preparing and implementing its national action plan on Youth, Peace and Security. The UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security is an impressive achievement in recognising the positive and active role of young people in preventing and resolving conflicts and in sustaining peace. Foreign Minister Haavisto will discuss the action plan with Kenya’s Minister for Youth Affairs Ababu Namwamba and meet members of the Kenya 2250 Coalition.Foreign Minister Haavisto’s visit to Nairobi is a continuation on political consultations between Finland and Kenya concerning their common interests and cooperation initiatives. The consultations were held in Helsinki on 23 March.In Nairobi, Haavisto will also meet leaders of the UN Headquarters and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Finland supports UNEP and is planning to launch a collaboration to survey environmental damage in Ukraine and to build environmental administration structures in Somalia.“Kenya safeguards peace and stability in East Africa. It is strongly involved in conflict negotiations in the Horn of Africa and in the Great Lakes region. Finland and the EU support these aspirations,” Foreign Minister Haavisto says. “Kenya plays a significant role in both the UN and the African Union. It is important that we continue to work together to put an end to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The good bilateral relations between Kenya and Finland make it possible to collaborate in many different fields.”
- Toni Sandell, Special Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 295 350 748
- Maria Halava-Napoles, Kenya Team Leader, Unit for the Horn of Africa and Eastern Africa, tel. +358 295 350 859