Press release | Published: 2015-08-19
'World Humanitarian Day is an important reminder that we are living in dramatic times. The world is experiencing large-scale humanitarian crises, and 60 million people have been forced to flee from their homes. Today, I am pleased to announce that Norway will provide a further NOK 50 million for Yemen and a number of forgotten crises,' Foreign Minister Børge Brende said.
After fleeing Afghanistan, the Hashemi family thought they had found a safe haven in Norway – until the centre-right government deported them
In autumn last year, life was finally improving for Nadereh Hashemi. After spending all her adult years on the run from her family in Afghanistan – she lived in Iran for 10 years before making an arduous escape to Europe – Nadereh and her husband, Ahmad, finally found something resembling a stable life in Europe.
Press release | Published: 2015-08-04
‘More than 200 000 people are affected by the floods in Myanmar, and many people have lost their lives. Myanmar has strengthened its disaster risk reduction and preparedness efforts, but the country still needs external help. Norway is providing NOK 10 million to help ensure that the flood victims are given the support and assistance they need,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
UNDP has begun to implement a programme of early recovery in the northeast of Nigeria that will create hundreds of jobs while promoting peace and social cohesion among conflict-affected communities.
The violence in the northeast has destroyed lives and communities and displaced 1.4 million people, while 4.5 million are at risk of going hungry. Funded by the Government of Norway to the tune of USD 1.7 million, the programme will help communities in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States to making a living, as well as establish new networks to prevent conflict and promote dialogue.
Khartoum, 26 July 2015. The Government of Norway has contributed US $6.6 million to the 2015 Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF). Norway has been a committed and a major donor to the Sudan CHF since its inception in 2006.
Kyiv, 28 July 2015
Supported by its donors, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is expanding its cash assistance programmes to serve the needs of the most vulnerable internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ukraine.
‘Norway will provide NOK 1.16 billion for UNICEF’s education efforts over a two-year period. UNICEF delivers good results in the field, and is an important partner for Norway in our global education initiative,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
‘Due to the crisis in Syria, around three million children and young people no longer have access to schooling. More than half of a million of them are refugees in Lebanon. We are now providing an additional NOK 75 million for education for these refugees, which brings Norway’s total contribution for these efforts to NOK 120 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
‘There is great need for humanitarian assistance in Rakhine state in Myanmar. The UN estimates that between 80 000 and 90 000 people are internally displaced. Norway will therefore provide an additional NOK 10 million in humanitarian aid to the people in this area. This additional funding will be used for education and protection, as well as for meeting basic needs,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
FAO is supporting Government-led efforts to address food security and livelihood needs in six districts most severely affected by the earthquakes: Nuwakot, Dhading, Gorkha, Rasuwa, Dolakha and Sindhupalchowk.
'The earthquakes in Nepal destroyed half a million homes. There will be a huge need for support for reconstruction for a long time to come. We are now increasing Norway's support to Nepal to a total of NOK 230 million,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
The Prime Minister has announced that he will 'modestly expand' Britain’s special resettlement programme for Syrian refugees.
According to media reports, Government sources have indicated that Britain will resettle ‘a few hundred more’ people but the total will not exceed 1,000.
The British Government had previously committed to resettling ‘several hundred’ Syrian refugees over a three year period, with just 187 people having arrived in Britain so far.
By Mary Stewart
BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI – As World Refugee Day approaches, ADRA is responding to the rapidly deteriorating situation in Burundi amidst the upcoming presidential election and recent coup attempts.
Violence broke in Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura, and in Makamba province, on April 26 and has spread into towns across the country. The uproar began when President Pierre Nkurunziza's announced his bid to stand for a third consecutive term and security forces began cracking down on protests.
'The humanitarian needs in South Sudan are massive, and they are increasing. Nearly eight million people are experiencing a critical food shortage, out of a population of just over 11 million. Norway is now increasing its support for humanitarian assistance in the country by NOK 30 million,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Oslo, Norway | AFP | Wednesday 6/10/2015 - 19:13 GMT |
Norway has agreed to take in 8,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2017, under an agreement reached Wednesday by most of the Scandinavian country's political parties.
The country now plans to welcome 2,000 Syrians this year, that is 500 more than previously planned, followed by 3,000 each year in 2016 and 2017.
The new figures aim to meet a quota set by the UN refugee agency UNHCR.
'I am deeply concerned about the plight of the refugees in the Indian Ocean. There is an urgent need to support measures in Rakhine state to prevent more people becoming victims of human trafficking. Norway is therefore providing an additional NOK 10 million in humanitarian aid to Rakhine state in Myanmar,' Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende said.
The authorities in Greece and Norway have agreed to use funding from the EEA and Norway Grants to set up a new reception centre on the island of Lesvos, as part of Norway's contribution to alleviating the Mediterranean migrant crisis.
'A growing number of people are attempting to enter Europe from the Turkish mainland via the islands of Greece. It is crucial that all migrants are registered and that their rights are upheld. All the countries of Europe have a shared responsibility in this context,' said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Vidar Helgesen.
The European Commission is facilitating the deployment of a large cargo of equipment to Nepal. International Humanitarian Partnership countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Luxembourg) will establish a "base camp" for 60 humanitarian workers to support relief operations in the Sindhupalchowk district.
'The civil war in Syria has resulted in one of the largest humanitarian crises since the Second World War. In the revised budget, the Government proposes an increase in Norway's support to Syria and its neighbouring countries of NOK 250 million. This means that Norway's total contribution so far this year is NOK 1 billion,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.