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Norwegian support for UN humanitarian aid efforts

In 2019, Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided funding to alleviate humanitarian crises in 47 countries, including Somalia, Djibouti, Yemen and Venezuela

The UN has announced an increase in humanitarian needs in 2020 due to protracted armed conflicts and more frequent extreme weather events. This year, Norway is providing NOK 420 million to the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and NOK 90 million to the UN Office for the Coordination of…

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Safe Schools Declaration endorsed by 100 countries

A number of countries, including Afghanistan, Mali, Yemen and Nigeria, are implementing measures to ensure that schools are not used for military purposes

Schools, pupils and teachers are being attacked in many conflict situations around the world today. One hundred countries have now endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration on protecting children and education in situations of armed conflict. ‘Norway has played a leading role in this work, and we are pleased to see…

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Norway to support transit centre for refugees in Rwanda

Mr Ulstein is currently visiting Rwanda in connection with Norway’s contribution of NOK 50 million to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) transit centre

‘I have been very moved by the meetings I have had with the inhabitants of the Gashora Transit Centre in Rwanda today. They have been living under atrocious and very dangerous conditions in Libya,’ said Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein. Mr Ulstein is currently visiting Rwanda in connection with…

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Norway Increases Support for Sexuality Education in Developing Countries

The NOK 75 million in funding will be disbursed during the period 2019–2021 and will be used to support the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) work

‘Girls and boys need knowledge about their bodies, relationships and living together as well as about health and rights if they are to make good choices and develop positive relationships. This is why Norway is increasing funding for comprehensive sexuality education by NOK 75 million,’ said Minister of International Development…

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Norway provides NOK 300 million annually for renewable energy in poor countries

At a time when the world is facing a climate crisis, most developing countries depend on strong growth in energy production in order to reduce poverty

‘Increased access to clean energy will reduce poverty, improve health and mitigate climate change. The Government is therefore allocating up to NOK 300 million annually to provide better guarantees for businesses that are willing to invest in renewable energy in poor countries,’ said Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein. At…

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Norway increases support for crisis-hit population of South Sudan

Norway’s support will be channelled through humanitarian actors that are present in South Sudan and can respond to the humanitarian needs rapidly and effectively

The humanitarian situation for people in South Sudan is dire. According to the UN, 7.2 million people are in need of humanitarian aid. ‘The humanitarian crisis has now been exacerbated by heavy rains and floods. Norway is therefore increasing its humanitarian assistance by NOK 30 million to help save lives…

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Norway to Provide Bridging Loan to Somalia

Technically, this is a loan to Somalia, but the funds will be transferred to a World Bank account

The Government has proposed that Norway should provide a short-term bridging loan of NOK 3.135 billion to Somalia in 2020 to clear Somalia’s debt arrears to the World Bank’s International Development Association. Technically, this is a loan to Somalia, but the funds will be transferred to a World Bank account.…

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Government proposes increase in support for stabilisation in crisis-affected countries

The Government is giving priority to countries and regions in the belt of fragility that runs from the Sahel in the west, via North Africa, the Horn of Africa, and the Middle East, to Pakistan

The Government has proposed an allocation of NOK 835.4 million for stabilisation efforts in countries affected by conflict and crisis. This is an increase of NOK 129.5 million ‘The many and protracted humanitarian crises in the world today are putting pressure on the humanitarian system, and there is a need…

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New ambassadors from Ireland, Namibia and Malaysia

Three new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 19 September 2019. The ambassadors are: Ambassador of Ireland, H.E. Mr Keith McBean Ambassador of the Republic of Namibia, H.E. Mr George Mbanga Liswaniso (resident in Stockholm) Ambassador of Malaysia, H.E. Mrs Nur…

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Norway to provide NOK 30 million for school meals in Mali

The Norwegian funding will be channelled through the school meals programme run by the World Food Programme (WFP) in Mopti

Funding from Norway will be used to provide nutritious school meals to some 55 000 children in conflict-torn Mali. ‘Malnourished children have problems learning, no matter how good the teaching is. If children are given school meals, their parents are more likely to send them to school. This in turn helps…