Source: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs |

Foreign Minister visits Somalia and Government intensifies engagement to promote stabilisation and resilience

The Government has announced that it will open embassies in Mali and Tunisia as part of its intensified efforts in states affected by fragility

Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende is today visiting Somalia. He is the first Norwegian foreign minister to do so. His visit coincides with the Government’s launch of its strategic framework for Norway's engagement in promoting prevention, stabilisation and resilience.  ‘Norway has for a long time been engaged in efforts…

Source: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs |

Norway to provide NOK 135 million in emergency aid to South Sudan

In addition to helping the population in South Sudan, Norway will also provide support to South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries

The humanitarian crisis in South Sudan is now so severe that the UN has declared a famine in parts of the country. ‘The situation is acute. We must act now to save lives. Norway is therefore providing NOK 135 million for emergency relief efforts in South Sudan,’ said Minister of…

Source: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs |

Norway provides NOK 64 million for efforts to prevent famine in Somalia

The additional funds from Norway will be channelled through the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Norwegian humanitarian organisations that have many years’ experience of working in Somalia

Somalia has once again been hit by a severe drought, which could quickly develop into a famine. ‘A large proportion of the population is affected by the drought, and over six million people are in need of food aid. Norway is now increasing its support for humanitarian efforts in the country…

Source: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs |

Media advisory for the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region

The conference is being held at Scandic Holmenkollen Park in Oslo on Friday 24 February from 10:00 to 17:30

Norway is co-hosting the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on 24 February, together with Germany, Nigeria and the UN. The deadline for applications for media accreditation is 21 February. The conference is being held at Scandic Holmenkollen Park in Oslo on Friday 24 February from 10:00 to 17:30. For programme and more…

Source: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs |

Donor conference in Oslo for Nigeria and Lake Chad region on 24 February

In addition to focusing on emergency relief efforts, the Oslo conference will have three priority areas: food security; humanitarian protection and access to aid; and education in situations of crisis and conflict

Norway, together with Nigeria and Germany, will host an international donor conference in Oslo on 24 February. ‘A major humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. This crisis has been largely overlooked. We are therefore seeking to mobilise greater international involvement and increased funding for humanitarian…

Source: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs |

Foreign Minister Brende to visit Liberia

Foreign Minister Brende last visited Liberia during the Ebola outbreak in 2014

Foreign Minister Børge Brende will visit Liberia on 15 December. Mr Brende will be present when President Johnson Sirleaf opens the Mt. Coffee Hydropower Plant, which has been rehabilitated with support from Norway. ‘Electricity is vital to growth and development. With the opening of the Mt. Coffee Hydropower Plant, more…

Source: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs |

Norway provides NOK 47 million in aid to the Central African Republic

Norway’s contribution was announced at a donor conference in Brussels today, by State Secretary Tone Skogen

‘The population of the Central African Republic is suffering because of the armed conflict, attacks on civilians and the grave humanitarian situation. The UN and the various aid organisations have only received around 30 % of the funding they need for the humanitarian relief effort, and Norway is therefore providing an…

Source: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs |

Norway urges South Africa, Burundi and Gambia to reconsider withdrawal from ICC

Among the objections the three countries have raised is that prosecution under the Statute of Rome may make it more difficult to reach peaceful solutions to conflicts

In recent weeks, South Africa, Burundi and Gambia have announced that they will withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC is the world's first permanent international criminal court, and has 124 states parties, including 34 African states. 'Norway is concerned about the formal steps taken by South Africa…

Source: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs |

Norway to establish Embassy in Mali

The Government has recently stepped up Norway’s efforts to promote stabilisation and conflict resolution in the Sahel region

‘The establishment of a Norwegian embassy in Bamako will strengthen our bilateral relations with Mali, and enable us to have a closer dialogue on the security challenges facing Mali and the wider Sahel region,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. The Government has recently stepped up Norway’s efforts to…

Source: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs |

World Humanitarian Day – Enormous Unmet Needs

The UN’s global humanitarian appeal for 2016 was its largest ever annual appeal for humanitarian funding

‘Today, on World Humanitarian Day 2016, I want to draw attention to the crises that often overlooked and underfunded. The Government is therefore increasing Norway’s humanitarian funding for the crises in South Sudan and Yemen by NOK 60 million. South Sudan and Yemen are two of the most underfunded humanitarian…