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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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Donor Spending on Gender in Emergencies 2013

Report
CARE

A new report reveals that a tiny proportion of international aid is directed towards projects that target gender violence and sexual exploitation of women in humanitarian crises.

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Ethiopia + 11 others
Refugees in Ethiopia: May 2013

The past two years have seen the refugee population in Ethiopia nearly double. This is due to the influx of more than 100,000 Somalis into the Dollo Ado region, and a stream of Sudanese entering the country in the region around Assosa. A steady, but significant, number of Eritreans have also entered Ethiopia's Afar and Tigray regions.

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Norway increases its assistance to Somalia to NOK 500 million

“Somalia is in a critical phase. Norway aims to support that the progress made so far is not reversed. That is why we are increasing our development assistance by NOK 150 million and strengthening our cooperation with the Government of Somalia,” said Minister of International Development Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås.

Mr Holmås is today taking part in the international Somalia Conference 2013 in London. The conference is co-hosted by President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

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Norway strengthens cooperation with Somalia

“The Somali Government and Parliament are entering a decisive phase for the development of democracy and stable governance. This is why Norway is stepping up its engagement in the country,” said Minister of International Development Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås.

This week, Mr Holmås is the host for a high-level delegation from the Somali Parliament, which includes the Speaker, Mohamed Osman Jawari, and a number of committee chairs. Mr Holmås invited the delegation to Norway to study Norway’s experience of democratic governance.

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New agreement securing relief to 800,000

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) have signed a historic three years partnership agreement with NRC, worth 993 million NOK. It supports NRC’s work for people displaced by war and conflict and will directly benefit approximately 800,000 people in 2013 alone.

It is the first time NRC has signed a global partnership agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norad. The three years agreement will replace a dozen separate contracts.

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Le financement des programmes de la FAO en hausse de 28 pour cent

Le ralentissement économique pourrait affecter le niveau des cotisations futures

5 octobre 2012, Rome - Quelque 538 millions de dollars ont été mobilisés pour soutenir les programmes de la FAO au cours des huit premiers mois de 2012, soit une augmentation de 28 pour cent par rapport à la même période de l'année dernière, annonce aujourd'hui l'Organisation.

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La financiación para programas de la FAO crece un 28 por ciento

La recesión económica podría afectar a futuras contribuciones

5 Octubre 2012. Roma - La FAO ha anunciado que en los primeros ocho meses de 2012 sus programas recibieron un respaldo económico de más de 538 millones de dólares USA, lo que representa un incremento del 28 por ciento frente al mismo periodo del año pasado.

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Funding for FAO programmes up 28 percent

Economic downturn could affect level of future contributions

5 October 2012, Rome - Some $538 million was mobilized to support FAO programmes during the first eight months of 2012, representing a 28 percent increase on the same period last year, FAO announced today.

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UNHCR Syria Fact Sheet - June 2012 (EN/AR)

  • An overwhelming majority of Iraqi refugees 91.6% of refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Syria are from Iraq. The Government of Syria, which has continuously implemented a generous policy towards the stay of Iraqi refugees, estimates that the country hosts about one million Iraqis. 64.6% come from the region of Baghdad alone and 62.4% sought refuge in Syria five or more years ago. 35% of the 27,681 families registered are female-headed households.

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Somalia + 6 others
In Wake of London Conference on Somalia, Security Council, in Statement, Affirms August Deadline for Ending Transition, Encourages More Permanent UN Footprint

SC/10566

Security Council
6729th Meeting (AM & PM)

Ahead of Open Debate, Secretary-General Warns New Window of Opportunity ‘Narrow’;
His Representative Agrees ‘We Do Not Have Luxury of Time’, Urgent Action Required

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Norway to support stabilisation in Somalia

Norway is to donate NOK 11 million to a new fund for Somalia. The international Stability Fund will improve the lives of Somalis by supporting local efforts to promote reconciliation.

“We would like to help bring about greater stability in Somalia by supporting development and the establishment of functioning authorities at the local level. People need to have access to health services and education,” said Minister of the Environment and International Development Erik Solheim.

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Resettlement of unaccompanied children from Tunisia to Norway

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.

On Sunday, 33 unaccompanied children departed from Tunisia’s Shousha refugee camp to Norway as part of their resettlement process.

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Norway doubles support to hunger crisis victims in the Horn of Africa

The Government is to increase its support to the victims of the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa to NOK 620 million.

The ongoing hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa is growing in scale from one day to the next.

“The protracted conflict in Somalia is the main reason for the crisis. It has made the local communities extremely vulnerable, even in the face of natural and recurring climate variations,” commented Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

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In Finland and Norway, IFAD President to emphasize long term investments in agriculture as key to building resilience in the Horn of Africa

Investments must come from a genuine global partnership between developed and developing countries

Rome, 23 August 2011 – Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will meet senior officials this week in Helsinki and Oslo to find solutions for the immediate needs in the Horn of Africa and to discuss the longer term needs to build resilience of smallholder farmers in the region and in developing countries worldwide.

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Hunger crisis in Africa: Questions and answers

The drought in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia has led to the most serious hunger crisis in the world right now. It was, however, forecast. Here you can read more about what Norway is doing for the people in the Horn of Africa and what you can do to help.

Any inquiries to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the Horn of Africa (applications, questions, etc.) should be sent to: post@mfa.no.

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Horn of Africa Drought: CERF Support in 2011 (as of 28 Jul 2011)

Drought in the Horn of Africa has left 12.4 million people in need of help. While international attention to the emergency has peaked in recent weeks, CERF funds have been addressing the crisis since rainfalls failed at the end of 2010. More than $94 million dollars has been allocated to drought-affected countries this year.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Additional NOK 30 million to crisis in Horn of Africa

“The drought in the Horn of Africa is critical and gives cause for serious concern. The extent of the crisis will be worse than first assumed. We have therefore decided to increase Norway’s contribution by NOK 30 million, bringing the total up to NOK 263 million. We will do our part, but the whole international community must respond rapidly in order to prevent this crisis becoming even worse,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

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Increased support for victims of drought in Horn of Africa

Norwegian Minister of the Environment and International Development Erik Solheim said, “I am very concerned about the situation for people in the Horn of Africa. Many have yet again been hit by two disasters at once: conflict and drought.”

According to the UN, nearly 10 million people are short of food. Food prices are extremely high. The Horn of Africa is in a state of permanent crisis as a result of the protracted conflict in Somalia.