'The humanitarian situation in parts of Ukraine is serious. Five million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, including some 1.5 million internally displaced people. Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable in the cold Ukrainian winter. Norway is therefore providing NOK 40 million in humanitarian assistance to help Ukraine in this difficult situation,' said State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tore Hattrem.
Over 15 million people have been displaced due to conflict in Syria and Iraq.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented at least 260,000 Syrians killed in the conflict since it began in 2011. The UN reported at least 26,600 Iraqis killed from 2014-2015 due to acts of terrorism and violence.
89% of Syrian and Iraqi refugees remain in the region.
13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria, including 4.5 million people living in hard to reach areas.
'Colombia is one of the countries in the world that is most contaminated by landmines. It will be essential to clear the mines and other unexploded ordnances in order to enable many of the over six million internally displaced people to return to their homes once a peace agreement is in place. Mine clearance is therefore a crucial task for Colombia, partner countries such as Norway and the US, and the rest of the international community,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Flow Monitoring: As of 02 February 2016 IOM field staff in Greece, fYROM, Croatia, and Slovenia had amassed interviews with over 3,765 migrants and asylum seekers, of which 406 people were interviewed over the week from 26 January-02 February. Individuals of Syrian, Afghan, Iraqi, Iranian and Pakistani nationalities comprised 94% of all respondents.
See sections on Greece and Italy for an update on the EU’s Relocations Plan.
Fast-Track Returns Put Refugees at Risk
(Moscow) – Norway should stop using fast-track procedures to return asylum seekers to Russia based on the presumption that it is a safe country of asylum for them, Human Rights Watch said today. Russian and Norwegian authorities plan to meet on February 3, 2016, to come to an agreement about which migrants and asylum seekers, if any, may be immediately returned to Russia.
‘The World Health Organization needs NOK 23 million in immediate contributions for its efforts to fight the Zika virus. When I met Director-General Chan yesterday, I promised that Norway will quickly provide NOK 10 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
The World Health Organization (WHO) played a key role during the Ebola outbreak that ravaged several West African countries during much of 2015. Afterwards, the organisation was criticised for being too slow in responding and lacking in operational capacity.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 25 January 2016
Norwegian Ambassador to BiH Vibeke Lilloe and UN Resident Coordinator Sezin Sinanoglu visited today participants of the rehabilitated milk sub-sector value chain in Zenica-Doboj Canton and the Health Care Centre in Doboj as examples of the UN Floods Recovery Programme activities funded by the Norwegian Government and aimed at economic recovery and rehabilitation of public institution and services they provide.
“Bosnia and Herzegovina needed assistance to recover from the devastating floods in May 2014 and we did our best to help,” said Ambassador Lilloe.
OXFORD, 27 January 2016 (IRIN) - A new Danish law that will allow police to search asylum seekers arriving in the country and confiscate any cash or valuables worth more than 10,000 kroner ($1,460) has been widely condemned by refugee and human rights groups. But it is only the latest among a raft of new laws introduced by EU member states in the past six months aimed at deterring asylum seekers from lodging claims on their territory.
Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world
Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues
This dashboard presents the preliminary findings of a survey conducted by IOM/DTM Iraq during the months of November and December 2015 in the framework of the DFID-funded project “Understanding complex migration flows from Iraq to Europe through movement tracking and awareness campaigns”.
Oslo, Norway | AFP | Saturday 1/23/2016 - 19:58 GMT |
Norway on Saturday announced that it was temporarily suspending its controversial return of migrants from Arctic Russia, following a request from Moscow.
"The Russian foreign affairs minister was in contact yesterday (Friday) with the Norwegian authorities on the subject of the return of asylum seekers via Storskog," said the Norwegian foreign ministry in a statement, referring to the Storskog border crossing, 400 kilometres (about 250 miles) north of the Arctic Circle.
Arrivals/Departure: In Greece, a ferry strike is on-going for the next 2 days. Travel to the mainland will not be possible thus the number of people present on the Greek islands is expected to increase causing possible congestion of reception facilities. However, compared to previous similar events (ferry strike of 4 December 2015), and given that the arrival rate to the islands is significantly lower, the impact is expected would be moderate.
Baghdad, 19 January 2016–The Kingdom of Norway has contributed an additional US$2.8 million to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This is the second contribution from the Kingdom of Norway in recent months, and will be dedicated to restoring livelihoods for people returning home.
Oslo, Norway | AFP | Thursday 1/14/2016 - 17:27 GMT
Norway will stop sending migrants that arrived from Arctic Russia by bicycle back across the border in mid-winter on the same mode of transport, local authorities said Thursday.
"Russian authorities recently confirmed that foreign citizens with permanent residency or a multiple-entry visa can be sent back by bus," Norwegian police said in a statement.
Country Director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Sri Lanka, Joern Soerensen and Norway’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther signed an agreement to extend the Norway government’s support to the recently resettled communities in the Jaffna district.
UNDP Sri Lanka, with the support of the Government of Norway, will strengthen its work in improving access to justice and livelihood opportunities of the recently resettled communities in the district.
2. Executive summary
There is global recognition of the devastating impacts of natural disasters on lives, livelihoods and property. This, in turn, is undermining the overarching goal of economic, social and environmental sustainability—in other words, sustainable development. There is a need to embrace long-term strategies and approaches that build disaster resilience. The aim is to prevent, as much as possible, natural hazard events from becoming disasters that wipe out many years of hard-won development gains.
‘2015 has been a dramatic year. Now, as the year draws to a close, we want the remainder of our humanitarian funding to be used in some of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises, including the refugee crisis in Syria and the neighbouring countries,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Oslo, Norway | AFP | Tuesday 12/29/2015 - 20:08 GMT
Norway said Tuesday it would start turning back refugees without visas arriving from elsewhere in the passport-free Schengen zone, particularly Sweden.
The move is part of a draft law containing a series of immigration measures that the Oslo government says will make its asylum policy "one of Europe's toughest".
The conservative minority last month gathered enough parliamentary support from the centre and labour parties to adopt the measures.