On 29 April 2010, IUCN signed a two-year Framework Agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. A signing ceremony took place between Mr Pasi Hellman, Deputy Director General, Department for Development Policy and IUCN’s Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, in Helsinki, Finland.
Finland joins Canada, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the MAVA Foundation who support IUCN’s 2009-2012 Programme, Shaping a Sustainable Future,– with multi-year core funding Framework Agreements.
The Finnish Government’s Development Policy Programme, “Towards a Sustainable and Just World Community”, aims to eradicate poverty through the promotion of socially, economically and ecologically sustainable development in accordance with the UN Millennium Development Goals through promoting ecological sustainability. The Finnish Development Policy Guidelines for Environment stress that ecological sustainability creates the foundation for economic and social development, and that the disintegration of this foundation would sooner or later lead to the complete collapse of the edifice of development.
The collaboration between the Government of Finland and IUCN will aim to enhance the integration of ecological sustainability, bring an environmental perspective into development plans of developing countries, and support the ecologically sustainable implementation of those plans as appropriate. The collaboration will also aim to integrate ecological sustainability into development cooperation instruments and into the execution of development cooperation actions.
“Desertification, loss of soil fertility, changing climatic conditions, depletion of fisheries, deforestation and other environmental changes are contributing to the declining capacity of ecosystems to meet human needs, often resulting in deepening poverty and declining human security,” commented Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General. “Finland’s support for the implementation of IUCN’s 2009-2012 Programme, Shaping a Sustainable Future, will be instrumental in addressing many of these issues. I am very pleased to welcome Finland as IUCN’s 10th Framework Partner and I look forward to a renewed and strengthened engagement”.
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