'Norway plays a leading role in the work to promote global health, and is one of the largest donors to gender equality and women's health efforts. The Government is increasing its support for family planning and safe abortion by NOK 85 million compared with 2016. We will continue to be a driving force for women's health internationally. At a time when this agenda has come under pressure, a joint effort is particularly important,' said Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
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 by NOK 64 million, in an effort to prevent the situation from developing into a new, large-scale famine,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Author : Thomas Ruttig
Until 31 January 2017, there were 4,480 cumulative arrivals to Italy, compared to 5,273 arrivals recorded in the same month in 2016 (a 15% decrease). Greece has seen a 97% lower number of arrivals in January 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016, 1,387 and 67,954 respectively.
According to available data, there have been 11,233 new arrivals to Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, as countries of first arrival to Europe since the beginning of 2017 till 8 of February 2017.
On 7 February 2017, the Council adopted an implementing decision setting out a recommendation to prolong temporary internal border controls in exceptional circumstances.
Starting from 11 February 2017, when the previous decision expires, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway should prolong proportionate temporary border controls for a maximum period of three months at the following internal borders:
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 25 January 2017
The European Commission has today recommended the Council allows Member States to maintain the temporary controls currently in place at certain internal Schengen borders in Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway for a further period of three months.
The number of arrivals by sea and land to Europe for 2015 exceeded one million on the 20th December, with the total number registered by the relevant national authorities standing at 1,046,599 according to IOM’s DTM system in coordination with relevant IOM missions and national authority partners. Of these,
20.2 percent were Afghans whilst 2.7 percent were Pakistani nationals. In data from January to the end of May 2016, the cumulative total of 220,796 arrivals included 19.5 percent Afghan and 3 percent Pakistani nationals.
The total number of arrivals to Europe by the end of December 2016 has been recorded as 387,739. This is in stark contrast to the 1, 046,599 arrivals recorded in 2015. The decrease in numbers of arrivals can be observed across many of the countries which saw the highest numbers of arrivals in 2015. In Greece 2016 brought 176,906 arrivals compared to the 857,363 recorded in 2015, a 79% decrease, while Italy saw a slight (16%) rise in numbers of arri-vals, from 155,842 in 2015 to 181,436 in 2016.
Burundi’s 327,000 refugees are not mere victims but also active citizens, many remaining actively engaged in the country’s problems.
Burundi will soon mark two years since it was propelled into a political crisis by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s determination to be elected to a third term in power. As it stands, more than 327,000 of Burundi’s 11 million people have now sought refuge outside the country according to UN figures from early 2017 – nearly all fleeing since the crisis erupted.
Slovakia - IOM announced today that over 1,000 refugees have been resettled through Slovakia’s emergency transit facility to the USA, Canada and Norway since 2009.
On Tuesday (17/01), 23 refugees departed from Slovakia and arrived safely in the US, bringing the number of refugees resettled from Slovakia’s Emergency Transit Centre (ETC) in Humenne in other countries to 1,019, with 978 resettled in the United States.
18 de enero, 2017 — El Reino Unido, Suecia, Alemania y Noruega anunciaron hoy nuevas contribuciones al Fondo de Naciones Unidas para el post conflicto en Colombia por un total de 16,8 millones de dólares. Los recursos financiarán proyectos encaminados hacia la construcción de una paz estable y duradera en ese país.
El alto consejero para el post conflicto, derechos humanos y seguridad, quien también actúa como copresidente del Fondo, el ministro colombiano Rafael Pardo, expresó su gratitud.
Belgium - Over 10,000 asylum seekers have now been relocated from Greece and Italy to other European Union (EU) member states through the EU relocation programme, according to IOM, which is facilitating the operation.
This week, 168 people left Greece for Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway and Portugal. Another 81 people were relocated from Italy to Spain. This brings the total number of people relocated under the scheme to 10,189 since its launch in October 2015.
One year after the great refugee influx reached Europe, lasting changes are seen to have occurred in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. All four have tightened their asylum policies, in some cases drastically, and border controls between them have been reinstated for the first time since the 1950s. While differences over joint EU migration policy also remain, the situation has also created awareness of the need to improve coordination of migration and integration policies in Northern Europe. Closer coordination with Germany would also be desirable.
The European Commission is currently working alongside EU Member States to facilitate emergency aid deliveries in Iraq, to help people affected by the crisis in Mosul.
Norway has substantially increased its assistance for the Syrian crisis in 2016. ‘The war in Syria is affecting millions of people and has ramifications for the whole world. Norway has been at the forefront of efforts to mobilise more international aid, and we have provided NOK 2.7 billion ourselves this year. This funding is helping to save lives and provide schooling for children and young people in a crisis situation,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
10 million people in need of humanitarian assistance (OCHA)
18 governorates affected
3.1 million people displaced (IOM)
2.4 million people food insecure (WFP)
227,971 Syrian refugees in Iraq (UNHCR)
In November, WFP reached 1.4 million Iraqis in all 18 governorates of Iraq through cash-based transfers (CBTs) and Family Food Rations (FFRs).
As 2016 draws to a close, UNAIDS welcomes new funding commitments from our partners in the Nordic region for 2017. The renewed political and financial support from the Nordic countries demonstrates their confidence in our performance and UNAIDS 2016-2021 Strategy – on the Fast-Track to end AIDS.
Oct 2015 – 06 Dec 2016
1,950 persons relocated
5,839 places pledged
As of 06 Dec 2016
The added value of the CHF has been demonstrated again in 2016, combining flexibility and strategic focus, with the timely allocation of approximately $40 million for 66 projects, strengthening the leadership of the Humanitarian Coordinator and enabling humanitarian interventions and assessments by 38 partners (4 UN, 23 INGO, 11 NNGO), in alignment with the Strategic Objectives of the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP).