The Finnish embassy in Nairobi also functions as the permanent mission of Finland to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), whose headquarters are located in Nairobi. The Finnish embassy in Nairobi pursues Finnish policy goals and promotes a positive image of Finland within the United Nations. In addition to taking part in different meetings and negotiations, Finnish representatives seek to influence new initiatives already during the preparative phase. To carry out these duties successfully they maintain a wide network of partners and cultivate good relations with other actors.
Finland pursues its goals both nationally and through the European Union. In several fields there is also cooperation between the Nordic countries.
The permanent mission submits information and analyses on discussions within UNEP and UN-Habitat to the political and administrative leadership in Finland. Due to the global reach of the UN, the mission is also able to gather information on countries and regions in which there is no direct diplomatic representation from Finland.