Executive Director of UN Women Sima Sami Bahous to visit Finland

Sima Sami Bahous, appointed as Executive Director of the United Nations gender equality organisation UN Women in September, will visit Finland on 8–9 December.

On 8 December, she will meet Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari to discuss the close relations between Finland and UN Women, and the many forms of cooperation to improve the global situation of women and girls. On the same day, Under-Secretary of State Elina Kalkku will lead the yearly discussions with the organisation about the global environment and state of play in the work on equality and the organisation’s priorities and future activities.

“With the support of especially Finland and other Nordic countries, the role of UN Women keeps growing and has become more settled, while at the same time gender equality work is being challenged in the world, perhaps more than ever before. It is important to discuss how UN Women intends to respond to these challenges in the coming years,” Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Skinnari says.

In Finland, Executive Director General Bahous will also meet President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto and visit Parliament to meet members of the Foreign Affairs Committee.


Mikko Autti, Diplomatic Adviser to the Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade, tel. +358 295 350 034
Satu Lassila, Director of the Unit for Sustainable Development and Climate Policy, tel. +358 295 350 897
The Foreign Ministry’s email addresses are in the format firstname.lastname@formin.fi.