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Strategy for intensifying international efforts for the elimination of female genital mutilation for the period 2014–2017

‘Worldwide, around 125 million girls and women have been subjected to genital mutilation. The fight to eliminate female genital mutilation in Norway and internationally is a high priority for the Government. Norway has set the new and ambitious goal of eliminating this harmful practice in the course of one generation,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Norway provides NOK 30 million for emergency aid in Gaza

‘The UN has declared an emergency in Gaza. A large number of civilians have been wounded, and there is an urgent need to increase the capacity of hospitals and ambulance services. Norway is sending NOK 30 million in emergency aid to Gaza,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Gaza running out of medical supplies, as Israeli bombing continues

Report
IRIN

GAZA/RAFAH, 14 July 2014 (IRIN) - As Israel continues to bomb hundreds of targets in the Gaza Strip, hospitals are facing a shortage of medical supplies. Pre-existing shortages are being exacerbated by heightened need and by the border policies of the Egyptian government, which continues to limit entry into Gaza.

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Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza Emergency Situation Report (as of 13 July 2014, 1500 hrs)

At least 168 Palestinians - most of them civilians - have been killed since 7 July. At least 25,000 traumatized children in Gaza are in need of psychosocial support.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 7 others
Syrian Refugees in Europe: What Europe can do to Ensure Protection and Solidarity

UNHCR urges Europe to do more for Syrian refugees

UNHCR today calls on European countries to strengthen their response to the Syrian crisis. In a new report Syrian Refugees in Europe: What Europe can do to Ensure Protection and Solidarity UNHCR is urging states to ensure access to territory, including fair and efficient asylum procedures, to provide adequate reception conditions and to actively adopt other measures which can provide protection and safety for refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria.

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Serbia + 1 other
Brende in Obrenovac: Norway to donate 2 more millions

25.06.2014 // The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, visited flood-stricken Obrenovac on June 24 and stated that Norway will donate another 2 million euros in flood relief to Serbia.

“40 000 households are affected, that means that the houses are ruined,” told dr. Dragan Radovanovic, the President of Serbian Red Cross, to Brende on June 24 when the latter visited the Red Cross help centre in Obrenovac.

“Nothing is working here in Obrenovac. The whole industry has in fact stopped. Either they are ruined or there is no conditions for work,” he continued.

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Peacebuilding Fund Receives Commitment of $73 Million for this Year

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The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund expects to receive $73 million in contributions this year, after more than 20 donors earlier reaffirmed multi-year commitments and made new pledges at the fourth annual High-level Stakeholders Meeting of the Fund, held in New York today.

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Norway to provide an additional NOK 50 million to the Central African Republic

‘Despite the difficult security situation in the Central African Republic, humanitarian actors are making impressive efforts to save lives and help the civilian population. Norway is providing an additional NOK 50 million to strengthen humanitarian efforts in the country,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Norway to provide NOK 60 million in emergency aid to Iraq

‘We are deeply concerned about the escalating conflict in Iraq. The need for emergency relief in Iraq is acute and requires immediate action. The most pressing needs are for food, water, shelter, healthcare supplies and the implementation of measures to protect the civilian population. Norway will provide NOK 60 million in humanitarian support to the victims of the conflict,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Neighbouring Red Cross societies come together to help each other after Balkan floods

It didn’t take long after the flooding began for Lea Kujudnzic’s phone to start ringing off the hook. The Head of International Affairs for the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina was receiving offers of assistance from many Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in neighbouring countries.

“We’re very thankful and grateful that our neighbours have shown such big hearts in this disaster especially because we know that many are not in good economic situations,” said Kujudnzic.

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Nouveaux tirs d'armes lourdes à la frontière entre la RDC et le Rwanda

06/12/2014 09:53 GMT

Par Albert KAMBALE, Habibou BANGRÉ

KINSHASA, 12 juin 2014 (AFP) - Des tirs d'armes lourdes ont de nouveau retenti jeudi matin pendant une demi-heure à la frontière entre le Rwanda et la République démocratique du Congo (RDC), au lendemain d'affrontements entre leurs deux armées dans cette région instable des Grands Lacs.

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World + 1 other
Norway and FAO to launch state-of-the-art research vessel

Boat with seven laboratories will continue work collecting data on marine ecosystems, climate change and pollution to help developing countries improve fisheries management

9 June 2014, Rome – Norway is to build one of the most advanced research vessels in the world as part of an ongoing project with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to support developing countries improve the management of their fisheries.

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World + 4 others
Norwegian funding for polio eradication increased

Norway is increasing its annual support for efforts to eradicate polio from NOK 50 million to NOK 240 million for the next six years. The funding will be channelled through the GAVI Alliance.

‘I am very pleased that we have signed an agreement with the GAVI Alliance to support its efforts to eradicate polio. We have an unprecedented opportunity to eliminate this infectious and crippling disease, but a concerted effort is needed if we are to succeed,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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South Sudan + 1 other
UN Force to Focus on Protecting South Sudan Civilians

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Voice of America

Margaret Besheer May 27, 2014 5:40 PM

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to refocus the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan to concentrate primarily on protecting civilians instead of nation building, and it warned those obstructing peace and reconciliation that they could face international sanctions.

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Serbia + 2 others
NOK 43 million to alleviate flood disaster in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia

‘The Government has allocated NOK 43 million to alleviate the devastation caused by the catastrophic flooding in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia. My thoughts are with all those who are affected by this disaster,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

The death toll is now approaching 50, and large land areas are submerged in both Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia. Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes, and roads, railways, power and water supplies have been destroyed.

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South Sudan + 1 other
USD 63 million to alleviate humanitarian crisis in South Sudan

Five million people in South Sudan are in acute need of humanitarian assistance. ‘The crisis is expected to escalate significantly in the months ahead. The Norwegian Government is therefore allocating a further USD 63 million to humanitarian efforts in South Sudan. By making this substantial contribution, Norway is sending a clear signal about the gravity of the situation,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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World + 6 others
Additional NOK 166 million for humanitarian assistance

‘The need for humanitarian assistance is greater in 2014 than ever before. In the revised national budget, the Government proposes an increase of NOK 166 million in allocations for this purpose. This will enable us to provide more emergency aid for South Sudan, Syria and other crisis areas,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Nigeria + 1 other
NOK 10 million to girls’ education in northern Nigeria

‘Boko Haram’s kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls is an unacceptable attack on girls’ right to education. The Government has therefore decided to allocate NOK 10 million to efforts to promote safe schooling for girls in northern Nigeria and help to the communities affected by the abductions. Norway will also consider providing humanitarian assistance for refugees and internally displaced people in the area,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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30 April 2014: World – ECHO Flash Events

1. SYRIA – CONFLICT / CIVILIAN PROTECTION

• Mortar attacks in Shaghour, central Damascus, on 29 April; a school complex was hit.

• Explosions in the city of Homs on 29 April; air bombardments and heavy fighting in Aleppo.

• International human rights organizations called for a halt in the use of weapons indiscriminately targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, such as barrel bombs.

2. U.S.A. – SEVERE WEATHER