Press Releases, 10/21/2014
Member of Parliament Pekka Haavisto appointed the Foreign Minister’s Special Representative to African crisis areas
Press Release 231/2014
21 October 2014
Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja has appointed Pekka Haavisto, Member of Parliament, to serve as his Special Representative to African crisis areas. Haavisto continues in the position he held prior to his ministerial period. Haavisto’s activities for their part strengthen Finland’s contribution to international mediation and crisis prevention, which are also mentioned in the Government Programme.
Haavisto’s mandate as Special Representative involves in particular the Horn of Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. He will handle his tasks as Special Representative alongside his work as a Member of Parliament.
Haavisto has a long international experience and familiarization with the situation and actors in the area. He has previously served, among others, as EU Special Representative for Sudan, as a UN advisor in various peace processes, twice as Minister for International Development and as co-chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding.
Haavisto participates in the Fifth High-Level Retreat on the Promotion of Peace, Security and Stability in Africa organized by the African Union and held in Arusha, Tanzania on 21–23 October. He will chair one session of the event.
Another special representative is Kimmo Kiljunen, who is the Foreign Minister’s Special Representative for Mediation.
Additional information: Joel Linnainmäki, Parliamentary Assistant to MP Pekka Haavisto, tel. +358 9 432 4009 and Tarja Kantola, Special Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, mobile tel. +358 40 590 4119