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29 Nov 2010 description

Norway gives NOK 1 billion to UNICEF's work on education and girls' rights.

Today, Norway signs a new two-year agreement with UNICEF. The Norwegian funding will be used to ensure that children are able to go to school in crisis and conflict situations and to improve the quality of education in several countries. In addition, this money will used with particular focus on girls' access to education.

Norwegian Minister of the Environment and International Development Erik Solheim commented: "More children than ever before now have the opportunity to go to school.

18 Jun 2010 description

Norway will be an important partner for Haiti in the country's reconstruction efforts following the disastrous earthquake in January.

Together with UN Special Envoy Bill Clinton and the Prime Minister of Haiti, Jean-Max Bellerive, Norway is to help to implement the Action Plan for Recovery and Development of Haiti. The Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC), of which Norway is now a member, held its first meeting on 17 June in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince.

Norway is also a member of the board of the new Haiti Reconstruction Fund.

11 May 2010 description

The Government has proposed increased funding to Haiti in its revised budget for 2010.

The earthquake in Haiti on 12 January 2010 hit the country hard, in both human and economic terms. Norway wishes to support the reconstruction process in Haiti, with a view to helping the country become more robust and stable. In its revised budget, the Government has proposed additional funding for these efforts.

"We are increasing our support for reconstruction after natural disasters by NOK 50 million.

01 Apr 2010 description

Norway will provide assistance totalling NOK 800 million (USD 135 million) to Haiti over the next four years. The announcement was made by State Secretary Ingrid Fiskaa in New York today.

Following the earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January, Norway has provided NOK 200 million (USD 35 million) in emergency relief. Norway will step up its long-term assistance to Haiti by providing an additional NOK 600 million (USD 100 million).

"The earthquake has caused great suffering among the Haitian population. More than a million people have been left homeless.

31 Mar 2010 description

Executive Summary

The catastrophe in Haiti has by many experienced emergency workers been described as the worst for decades in terms of magnitude, complexity and impact on people in all sectors of society. It is the largest operation ever launched by UN OCHA, and it is also the worst disaster ever to affect the UN directly.

Norway has previously contributed to political dialogue, humanitarian assistance and civil society as part of an initiative to support peace building in Haiti and between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

16 Jan 2010 description

Norwegian aid to the earthquake victims in Haiti is to be increased to NOK 100 million (USD 17.5 millon).

"I am deeply saddened by the extremely difficult situation in Haiti. Although aid is flowing into the country, the needs will continue to be great in the weeks and months ahead," said Minister of the Environment and International Development Erik Solheim.

The UN has assessed the immediate requirements, and is asking the international community to provide USD 560 million.

14 Jan 2010 description

"The earth quake in Haiti is a humanitarian disaster striking a people living in poverty. Locals have made major life-saving efforts, but it is now decisive that we see a broad and coordinated international relief operation. Norway will contribute NOK 40 million to imminent relief efforts", says Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.

Experience from Pakistan demonstrates the importance of the UN having a central role in relief work. In light of this the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning will establish a UN support camp in Haiti.