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Seminar: Towards Sustainable Development Through Cross-sectoral Approach


The seminar discusses first the complex nature of development and current political processes related to the definition of a new global development agenda after 2015. In addition the seminar introduces a practical example of a development project which applies cross-sectoral approach combining biodiversity conservation and promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Date: 5.11.2013

Location: Helsinki, Hotel Presidentti, Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 4


Morning session: The challenging multifaceted development

Chair CEO Liisa Rohweder, WWF Finland

09.45 Opening of the seminar,  Managing Director Helena Hiila-O’Brien, The Family Federation of Finland (Väestöliitto)


10.00 Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and sustainable development – which way forward after 2015, President Tarja Halonen


10.30 Global development trends and SHRH in the new development framework, Deputy Executive Director Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, UNFPA


11.10 How can the Ministry for Foreign Affairs promote cross-sectoral co-operation in Finnish development aid? Director General of the Department for Development Policy Pekka Puustinen, Ministry for Foreign Affairs


11.40 Panel discussion: Environmental and social dimensions supporting each other in sustainable development

Deputy Executive Director Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, UNFPA

Director General of the Department for Development Policy Pekka Puustinen, MFA

Head of programme Sami Tornikoski, WWF Finland


13.45 Photostory (PHE-project) 

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Afternoon session, case example: Population, Health and Environment project in Nepal

Chair CEO Liisa Rohweder.

14.00 Background of WWF’s and Väestöliitto’s cooperation project in Nepal, Conservation Officer Tanja Pirinen, WWF Finland and Head of International Affairs Hellevi Hatunen, The Family Federation of Finland


14.30 Experiences from the project, Sr Programme Officer Bunu Vaidya, WWF Nepal and Monitoring Officer Sumana Rana, FPAN


15.00 Role and experiences of the volunteers and young people in the project, Ms Devi Chaudhary and Mr Ramu Chaudhary, Nepalese volunteers in project area


15.30–16.00   Discussion

For more information please contact:

Conservation Officer Tanja Pirinen, WWF Finland,, tel. +358 40 840 0058

Head of International Affairs Hellevi Hatunen, The Family Federation of Finland,, tel. +358 9 2280 5137