OSLO – Norway and the Global Fund today signed a multi-year contribution agreement for NOK1.7 billion for 2014-2016, signaling a strong partnership in global health and in efforts to end AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics.
The contribution, of US$277 million at the time it was announced during the launch of the Global Fund’s Fourth Replenishment in the United States last December, represents a 26 percent increase above the pledge made by Norway for the Third Replenishment.
To help address Sudan’s growing humanitarian needs, the Government of Norway has contributed an additional US $1.6 million to the Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF), following an US $8.4 million contribution earlier this year.
Justine Greening welcomes a vital contribution from Norway to support UK's efforts to end Ebola in Sierra Leone.
International Development Secretary Justine Greening said: “I am very pleased that Norway has agreed to provide up to 200 health workers and vital technical equipment for the UK’s Ebola Treatment Centre in Moyamba.
“This generous contribution will help to support the UK’s efforts to defeat Ebola in Sierra Leone and we look forward to working closely with the Norwegians in the coming weeks and months.
‘Norway will double its humanitarian assistance to Jordan, bringing this to a total of around NOK 100 million in 2015. Jordan has received more than 600.000 refugees from Syria, which is creating a major pressure on the Jordanian community. Therefore, we will increase our assistance to Jordan,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Both Pledge More Financial and Material Support to Liberia’s Fight against the Ebola Virus Disease
Tuesday, 14th October 2014
Monrovia, Liberia - The Governments of Norway and the United States of America have pledged to stand by the Government and people of Liberia by providing more financial and material support in its fight against the Ebola virus disease ravaging the country.
‘The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the worst the world has ever seen, and is a serious threat to health, security and development both in the region and globally. Unless the international community, and particularly the UN and WHO, scale up and speed up the response, the situation will continue to deteriorate,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
‘The Gaza war this summer shows that the cycle of violence must be broken. Fundamental steps are needed to open up Gaza and generate growth and development for the people there. That will require new policies from both Israel and the Palestinians,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Norway is the first country to support the World Bank’s new multidonor fund for the fight against Ebola. ‘It is positive that the World Bank is setting up a fund to put the health sector in the affected countries in a better position to deal with the crisis. Norway will contribute nearly NOK 70 million to the fund,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
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‘It is important to support the positive trend towards greater European cooperation and integration, particularly in countries where this trend has been put under severe strain in the wake of Russia’s violations of international law in Ukraine. The Government has therefore proposed to increase its support to Ukraine by NOK 160 million, to a total of NOK 200 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
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Never before has Norway given such high priority to global health. The Government has proposed an allocation of nearly NOK 3 billion to support global health efforts in 2015, further developing Norway’s engagement and leadership role in this field.
‘A healthy, educated population is essential for economic growth and development in any country. Norway’s aid, including funding for health, is to be used to support national priorities, not compensate for a country’s failure to set priorities in a responsible way,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Norway is doubling its support for the fight against Ebola, and will be contacting the UN, the UK Government and other relevant actors to offer personnel and equipment for their operations. A new contribution of NOK 89 million brings Norway’s total funding for the fight against Ebola to just over NOK 184 million.
Britain has rallied decisive international support for Sierra Leone in its hour of need, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said following the Defeating Ebola conference today in London.
The conference, co-hosted by the Foreign Secretary and the International Development Secretary, brought together more than 20 governments, a dozen charities and NGOs, the UN, World Bank, health experts and the private sector to pledge funds, equipment and health workers.
The Norwegian Government continues to support the UNHRD Network and has recently provided NOK 2.5 million (around USD$400,000) towards operations and initiatives in 2014.
NOREPS, Innovation Norway and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been important partners since the inception of UNHRD, and Norway has provided invaluable contributions that helped expand UNHRD from one depot in Brindisi to a network of six locations worldwide.
'Three years after the last famine in Somalia, another hunger crisis is looming. According to the UN, one million people are in urgent need of emergency response. The Norwegian Government is therefore increasing its humanitarian support for Somalia by NOK 35 million,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.
‘The Ebola outbreak is spreading faster than the world can respond to it. There are not enough health workers in the field, and dying people are being turned away by hospitals. Norway is therefore providing a further NOK 58.7 million to international efforts to combat the outbreak,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
‘Today’s meeting of the Security Council sends an important signal of international support for Iraq in its fight against the extremist organisation ISIL,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Mr Brende gave an address about the situation in Iraq to the UN Security Council on Friday. He made it clear that Norway will assist Iraq in its fight against ISIL through political, military and not least humanitarian support.