Unit for UN Development and Innovation Issues

The Unit for UN Development and Innovation Issues is responsible for:

  • Coordinating the global implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Ministry and promoting policy coherence for sustainable development;
  • Coordinating the sustainable development policy of the UN, including the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and the Second Committee of the General Assembly;
  • Cooperation and funding the UN development programmes, funds and initiatives, including UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNWOMEN, UNOPS and Global Pulse;
  • Promoting global vaccine solidarity in cooperation with the Vaccine Alliance Gavi;.
  • Exerting influence on and providing funding for the digital and innovation policies of the UN and other multilateral actors
  • Developing UN activities in Finland and promoting cooperation with UN organisations operating in Finland to utilise Finnish solutions in support of sustainable development;
  • Coordinating decisions, practices and cooperation forms related to innovation in development policy within the Ministry, and promoting policy coherence across the central government;
  • Advancing the employment of Finnish nationals’ in international organisations within the mandate of the Unit, and managing expert programmes.


  • KEO-40@gov.fi


Satu Lassila
  • +358 295 350 897

Team for Agenda 2030 coordination

Jenny Haukka
Team Leader
Deputy Director
  • +358 295 350 585
Hanna Gehör
Desk Officer
Adviser to President Halonen
  • +358 295 350 641
Heidi Höök
Desk Officer
Second Committee of the General Assembly, LDC and HLPF
  • +358 295 350 239

Team for UN Development Issues

Eija Limnell
Team Leader
UNWomen, Equality and Women´s Rights
  • +358 295 350 358
Mirka Wendt
Desk Officer
Rasmus Salminen
Desk Officer
  • +358 295 350 728
Katariina Hautamäki-Huuki
Desk Officer
JPO and UNV recruitments Financial Officer of the Unit
  • +358 295 350 817

Team for Innovation and Digital Cooperation

Aki Enkenberg
Senior Adviser, Development Policy
Team Leader
  • +358 295 350 533
Andrea Tanzi-Albi
Desk Officer
  • +358 295 350 655

E-mail addresses are in the form: forename.surname@gov.fi. Scandinavian characters are replaced by: ä=a, ö=o, å=a.