Finland supports implementation of Kampala Convention on Internally Displaced Persons
In June and July, ECOWAS and UNHCR organized a set of three conferences in Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia and Nigeria, to discuss a study funded by the Government of Finland on Kampala Convention and the IDP situation in West Africa. The study focuses on the responsibility to respond to internal displacement in the three ECOWAS countries through case studies. The purpose of the conferences was to disseminate the outcomes of the case studies to wider local stakeholder audiences. A conference in Abidjan took place on 29 June, in Monrovia on 2 July and in Abuja on 7 July. In Abuja, the Embassy of Finland was represented by Ambassador Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury, and in Abidjan by Counsellor Torun Eklund.
The Ambassador's speech at the dissemination conference can be accessed here.
The study can be found below in pdf format.
Photo: Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury
IDP Conference in Abuja was well attended by various stakeholders.
Photo: Felix U Isaac
Group picture after the Abuja conference, including UNHCR Country Representative Angèle Dikongué-Atangana, Ambassador if Finland Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury, Commissioner of Social Affairs and Gender of ECOWAS Dr Fatima Dia Sow, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr Jamila Shuwara, and Federal Commissioner National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced People Hadiza Sani Kangiwa.
Photo: Felix U Isaac
Ambassador Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury discussing the study funded by the Government of Finland with the Honorable Federal Commissioner of National Commission For Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced People Hadiza Sani Kangiwa.
Ambassador Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury after the dissemination conference in Abuja.
Conference in Abidjan. From L to R. Special Representative To the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Ambassador Jonathan Oluwole Coker, Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender of ECOWAS, Dr Fatima Dia Sow, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Justice, Human Rights and Public Liberties, UNHCR Representative in Cote d'Ivoire Mohamed Toure, and Counsellor, Embassy of Finland in Abuja Torun Eklund.
IDP Conference in Abidjan was well attended by representatives from the Government, NGOs as well as UN agencies and ECOWAS.