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26 May 2016 description
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Donors continue to support expansion, improvement of Jordanian education system

AMMAN (May 26, 2016) – The European Union, Germany, Norway, United Kingdom and United States, together with UNICEF, today announced their support to the Government of Jordan’s landmark commitment, made at the Syrian Conference in London earlier this year, to educate every child in Jordan in the 2016/2017 school year.

25 May 2016 description
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La iniciativa "La educación no puede esperar" busca proporcionar educación de calidad en los próximos cinco años para 13,6 millones de niños y jóvenes en situaciones de emergencia y crisis prolongadas.

Estambul, 23 de mayo de 2016 – Varias organizaciones mundiales y nacionales lanzaron hoy la iniciativa “La educación no puede esperar", un nuevo fondo para coordinar mejor el apoyo a la educación para los niños y los jóvenes afectados por situaciones de emergencia humanitaria y crisis prolongada, e impulsar la inversión en este terreno.

24 May 2016 description

The United States and 47 other UN member states have endorsed the joint statement below affirming the importance of and adherence to international humanitarian law at the World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, May 23–24.

24 May 2016 description

Press release | Published: 2016-05-24

'Norway is entering into a multi-year cooperation agreement with Unicef, and will provide up to NOK 400 million for education in Syria and its neighbouring countries. This is a follow-up to the donor conference for Syria earlier this year. It will give Unicef greater predictability in its efforts to help children and young people,' said Minister of Foreign affairs Børge Brende.

23 May 2016 description
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Education Cannot Wait aims to provide 13.6 million children and youth in emergencies and protracted crises with quality education over the next five years

ISTANBUL, 23 May 2016 – Global and national organisations today launch a new fund to better coordinate support for, and drive investment in, education for children and youth affected by humanitarian emergencies and protracted crises.

23 May 2016 description

When families struggle to get enough to eat at a time of crisis, children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of malnutrition. WFP’s specialized nutrition support has been a vital part of the response to the ongoing drought crisis in Ethiopia.

WAGHIMERA, Ethiopia – The first time 4-year-old Gebru’s mother took him to a health centre in Amhara last year, he was so sick with a bad cough that he could not eat properly. He did not recover after the first rounds of treatment for malnutrition.

21 May 2016 description

Norway will provide NOK 208 million in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan in 2016, twice as much as in 2015. ‘There are still urgent humanitarian needs that are not being met. Eight million Afghans need protection and emergency assistance. Every single day so far this year almost a thousand people have had to flee their homes,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, who is visiting Kabul today.

19 May 2016 description
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Today, the Commission adopted its latest progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken up to 13 May 2016. Overall, progress remains unsatisfactory since the Commission's second report, despite signs of increased preparation for future action: few relocations have taken place since mid-April, though the pipeline of future relocations has been strengthened.

17 May 2016 description

Norway supports UN trust fund for victims of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel.

‘Norway is deeply concerned about the rising number of allegations against UN personnel concerning sexual exploitation and abuse. In 2015, 99 allegations were received, as compared with 80 in 2014.  Norway shares the Secretary-General’s distress at these despicable crimes, and we commend his determination to stop this scourge through a robust programme of action,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

11 May 2016 description

It gives me great pleasure to open this side-event together with Margot and colleagues from Colombia, the Philippines, South Africa and the other Nordic countries.

05 May 2016 description
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Brussels, 4 May 2016

28 Apr 2016 description

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is today signing a three-year agreement with Save the Children on education in situations of crisis and conflict. 'Support for education in crises and conflicts is more important than ever. In addition to signing this agreement, we are also giving NOK 63 million to Save the Children's education efforts in Syria and Iraq,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

28 Apr 2016 description

The drought in Ethiopia is having enormous consequences for the population. More than 15 million people are now dependent on food aid. 'The number of people who need food aid may rise dramatically if the international community fails to provide enough aid quickly enough. Norway is now allocating an additional NOK 30 million in humanitarian assistance,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

26 Apr 2016 description

Confirmed pledges (persons) since 2013: 130,955
Additional places/visas granted under Other Legal Forms of Admission:* 15,823
Resettlement submissions to the USA: 32,369
TOTAL places made available to date: 179,147

26 Apr 2016 description

State Secretary Tore Hattrem's speech at the Nepal-network's seminar in Oslo 25 April on Nepal as a priority country for Norwegian development aid.

Ladies and gentlemen,

First, I would like to thank the Nepal-network for their invitation to attend this seminar. Nepal is a country that is close to my heart, after having worked in the region for several years.

19 Apr 2016 description

‘The earthquake has severely affected over a million people in Ecuador. There is an urgent need to get aid to the affected areas, and Norway is providing NOK 15 million for this purpose,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

In addition to the ongoing search and rescue efforts, there is a great need for shelter, water, food and other forms of emergency aid, following the earthquake that hit Ecuador on 16 April.

16 Apr 2016 description
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WASHINGTON, April 15, 2016 – Eight nations and the European Commission today pledged a package of more than US$1 billion -- US$141 million in grants, US$1 billion in soft loans, US$500 million in guarantees – to a World Bank-led financing initiative in support of Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon, as well as recovery and reconstruction across the region. The package means that the new facility will be able to generate up to US$800 million in concessional loans in the next year.

13 Apr 2016 description

13/04/2016 - Development aid totalled USD 131.6 billion in 2015, representing a rise of 6.9% from 2014 in real terms as aid spent on refugees in host countries more than doubled in real terms to USD 12 billion. Stripping out funds spent on refugees, aid was still up 1.7% in real terms, according to official data collected by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC).

13 Apr 2016 description

The Stabilization Facility for Libya was launched today at the Senior Officials’ Meeting in Tunis in the presence of H.E. Dr. Taher Al-Jehaimi, Minister of Planning in the Libyan Government of National Accord, Mr. Rüdiger König, Director General of Crisis Prevention, Stabilization and Peace Building in the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany and Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari, UNSMIL Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, and Dr. Noura Hamladji, UNDP Libya Country Director.

11 Apr 2016 description

Norway is earmarking NOK 40 million for efforts to help people with disabilities and to combat sexual violence in humanitarian crises. 'Certain groups are more vulnerable than others in situations of war and conflict. Norway will intensify its efforts to prevent violence and injury, and to help those who are affected,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.