KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a substantial donation from Norway’s government towards emergency operations in Sudan.
A new batch of urgently needed medical and relief supplies is leaving to the Ebola-affected region in West Africa today on board of the Dutch ship "Karel Doorman".
For the second time, as part of the coordinated European response to the Ebola outbreak, the Netherlands has offered to transport vital supplies free of charge. The vessel is carrying 1,500 tons of food for the World Food Programme (WFP) in addition to more than 50 vehicles, medical supplies and protective clothing for health personnel offered by Belgium, France, Germany and the UK.
The UK has so far pledged £230 million to help the people of Sierra Leone defeat Ebola. This will build 6 treatment centres across the country, provide food and supplies for thousands of quarantined homes and already has provided over 750 operational beds to isolate and treat cases of Ebola.
As well as giving its own money, Britain has asked other countries across the world to join them in supporting Sierra Leone. So far Norway, Denmark, Cuba, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Canada have all agreed to provide health staff for Sierra Leone.
The Government of Norway has agreed to contribute an additional grant assistance of Rs 1.83 billion to the pool of School Sector Reform Programme (SSRP).
At an event organised at the Ministry of Finance in Kathmandu on Friday, December 5, 2014, Joint Secretary and Chief of International Economic Coordination Division at the Ministry of Finance Madhu Kumar Marasini and Ambassador of Norway to Nepal Kjell Tormod Petterson signed the addendum to the Financing Agreement.
ROME – Following an unprecedented social media campaign, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today the tally of contributions by government donors towards the reinstatement of food assistance to nearly 1.7 million Syrian refugees.
Thanks to substantial support from government partners in donor countries, a total of US$88.4 million has been raised to date. As this exceeds the goal of US$64 million required to fund the refugee programme in December, it allows WFP to cover some of the refugees’ food needs in January.
The UN World Food Programme has suspended food aid to 1.7 million refugees in Syria’s neighbouring countries, due to lack of funding. ‘There is an urgent need for food assistance. Support from the World Food Programme is the only source of food for many families. The Government intends to increase Norway’s contribution to WFP by USD 10 million,’ said Ministry of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Norway is leading the work to develop the world’s first vaccine against the Ebola virus in Guinea, where the epidemic first broke out. The Ebola epidemic is continuing to spread in West Africa. So far, over 15 000 people have been infected with the virus, and it has had an enormous impact on whole societies.
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.
Five-year expansion aims to promote, scale creative solutions to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in low-income communities
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.
The Fifth Committee of the General Assembly endorses the USD 49.9 million funding proposal for UNMEER and the Office of the Special Envoy on Ebola
Healthcare workers at Bong County ETU cease industrial action and return to work
European Union scales up response to epidemic with airlift of relief items to West Africa and coordination of system to evacuate international workers infected with EVD to hospitals in Europe
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.