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President Halonen has held and holds various national and international honorary positions. She was, among others, Co-Chair of ILO’s World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization (2002-2004) and Co-Chair of the UN High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (2010-2012) and is currently Co-Chair of the High-Level Task Force for ICPD (2012-), Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders (2009-), Member of the High Level Panel on Girls’ and Women’s Education for Empowerment and Gender Equality (2011-) and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights (2009-), where she also served as Member of the Board from 2006 to 2009. In 2013, she was designed as Drylands Ambassador of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. In Finland President Halonen has been Chair and Member of the Board of Directors of the International Solidarity Foundation. She is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of WWF Finland.

President Halonen holds 17 honorary degrees from universities, including from her alma mater Helsinki University.