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‘Once again, it seems likely that humanitarian needs will reach record heights. The UN global humanitarian appeal estimates that more than 130 million people will need humanitarian assistance in 2019. As 2018 draws to a close, Norway has disbursed an additional NOK 240 million from the humanitarian budget to alleviate the worst and most underfunded crises,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
Marrakech, Kingdom of Morocco, 11 December 2018: H.E. Merethe Nergaard, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway and Ms Ana Fonseca, Chief of Mission of the UN Migration Agency (IOM) signed an agreement to award a grant of NOK 4,000,000, equivalent approximately to over EUR 400,000, to the IOM as a contribution to the programme “RAISE” (Voluntary Return and Reintegration for Stranded Migrants in Morocco).
According to new figures, ODA-approved refugee expenses in Norway have dropped by NOK 200 million this year. This will make it possible to increase allocations to various priority areas in the 2018 aid budget.
‘The Government intends to maintain a high level of aid and has proposed spending NOK 37.8 billion on aid in 2019. This corresponds to about 1 % of Norway’s gross national income and is NOK 2.5 billion more than in 2018,’ said Minister of International Development Nikolai Astrup.
‘The loss of thousands of lives on the journey across the Sahara and the Mediterranean is a terrible tragedy. Norway is therefore providing a further NOK 60 million to the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
‘Humanitarian needs worldwide are record high. The Government has increased Norway’s support to humanitarian crises by about 50% since 2013. In addition to providing more funding, we also need to make sure that assistance reaches as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. This is why we are signing a four-year agreement amounting to NOK 1.68 billion with the UN humanitarian fund today,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
Today, Innovation Norway and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched an innovation programme that will facilitate partnerships between humanitarian organisations and private companies. The aim of the programme is to develop innovative technological solutions that can provide better, more effective help to people affected by humanitarian crises.
Foreign Minister Eriksen Søreide launches new humanitarian strategy
'Humanitarian action is an important part of the Government’s international engagement, and Norway has increased its humanitarian budget by more than 50 % since 2013. We will maintain a high level of humanitarian funding in the coming years, but changes in the world are making it necessary to rethink our priorities,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
'Norway's humanitarian budget has never been bigger than it is now, but the needs created by the world's humanitarian crises are continuing to grow. The Government has therefore proposed increasing the humanitarian budget by NOK 116 million. The additional funds will be channelled primarily to the crises in Yemen and the Democratic Republic of Congo,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
'Norway is one of the largest donors to the Global Partnership for Education and we urge other donors to increase their support. Together we will continue our efforts to ensure that all children and young people have access to education, especially girls who are still being excluded,' said Minister of International Development Nikolai Astrup.
Norway is providing NOK 115 million in funding to the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund. ‘Conflict prevention is good development policy and smart aid. That is why we are now increasing our contribution to the UN Peacebuilding Fund,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
The UN Peacebuilding Fund works to prevent armed conflict and to prevent countries that have been affected by conflict from falling back into a new cycle of violence. The Fund’s main focus is on Africa.
18 September 2017 was the 20th anniversary of the adoption in Oslo of the Mine Ban Convention.
Currently, 37 million children and youth do not have access to education because of crises and conflicts. Norway gives high priority to the protection of children's education in conflict areas.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to education. By adopting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the UN member states have undertaken to work to ensure that all children and young people receive a quality education.
'Norway will increase its contribution to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) from NOK 380 million to NOK 420 million a year for the next four years. 'This will mean greater predictability for our humanitarian partners and more effective humanitarian aid,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
Norway's contribution for 2018 was announced at a UN pledging conference on 8 December. For the first time, Norway has pledged to provide support for a four-year period, subject to the consent of the Storting.
Norway announced today that it will provide NOK 350 million in core funding for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in 2018.
‘UNHCR is a strategic partner for Norway in our efforts to ensure humanitarian protection and assistance for people who have been forced to flee their homes. The decision to maintain a substantial level of support for UNHCR in 2018 is a clear indication of our intention to continue our efforts and cooperation in this important area,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
According to new figures, refugee-related costs in Norway for 2017 are NOK 1,36 billion lower than projected. The Government has proposed that most of the unused funds should go to parts of the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa that are severely affected by war and conflict.
Improving the mediation of armed conflict
A global series of mediation retreats
The Oslo Forum is widely acknowledged as the leading international network of conflict mediation practitioners. Co-hosted by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Oslo Forum regularly convenes conflict mediators, high-level decision-makers and key peace process actors in a series of informal and discreet retreats.
Today, Norway and Greece signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on new cooperation agreements under the EEA Grants total 116.7 billion euros. Job creation and business development will be a new and important priority area. The agreement also builds on experience gained in the field of asylum and migration.
The Government is proposing a NOK 280 million increase in funding for stabilisation efforts in countries and regions affected by conflict and fragility. In addition, the Government proposes to triple support for efforts to combat global security challenges such as terrorism, extremism and organised crime. As announced in a recent white paper on Norway's foreign and security policy, the Government intends to redouble its efforts in unstable areas in Europe's neighbourhood.
The Government will provide NOK 50 million to the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, the EU's trust fund for stability and addressing the root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa. 'Norway is participating actively in European cooperation on migration and refugee crises. Working together with EU countries, we will intensify our efforts to address the root causes of today's migration challenges, such as poverty, unemployment and poor governance,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.