This Strategic Plan for the period 2016 - 2018 outlines Iceland's strategy for development cooperation with Mozambique and defines the basis for support.
By Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende
Article by the Nordic Ministers on the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, 23-24 May 2016.
The government of Iceland has decided to recommend to Parliament that 2 billion ISK (14 million EUR) will be provided for support of refugees and asylum seekers in the course of next 15 months in order to respond to the alarming refugee crisis due to the conflict in Syria.
One billion ISK (7 million EUR) will be provided already this year and the same amount next year. With this commitment Iceland will be among the countries providing the largest funds to assist refugees stemming from the crisis in Syria.
Mr. Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, has decided to donate 10 million Icelandic kronas to humanitarian assistance through the International National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in response to the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal yesterday.
Iceland will donate approx. 75,000 US dollars in humanitarian assistance to Malawi. The funds, which will be channeled through Unicef, will be used to assist those affected by the recent floods in Malawi. This comes in response to the appeal for humanitarian assistance to the international donor community made by the President of Malawi, as he declared a state of disaster in districts affected by floods. More than 638,000 people have been affected countrywide and 174,000 people displaced in the three most affected districts.
Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson has allocated 12 million ISK as Emergency Aid to two UN organisations that operate in Gaza due to the acute and deteriorating humanitarian situation the Gaza conflict. With his allocation the Foreign Minister is responding to an international appeal from humanitarian organisations.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs has contributed 50 thousand USD to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, towards their Regional Response Plan for Syrian refugees.
The conflict in Syria has been escalating with devastating consequences for civilians. The number of Syrian refugees has now hit 2 million, half of whom are children. The neighbouring host countries are faced with unprecedented strain on their communities, infrastructure and services and humanitarian appeals for aid to the people of Syria are growing.
A 35-man strong Icelandic International Search and Rescue Team has pulled the first two eartquake-victims alive out of the rubble of the Caribbean Market in Port-au-Prince in Haiti. The team was deployed by the Icelandic Foreign Ministry and was one of the first rescue teams to reach the devastated city Thursday, following Wednesday's earthquake.
Around 80 foreign nationals have been evacuated from Port-au-Prince with the plane chartered to delploy the search and rescue team. The evacuees are from the United States, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom and France.
The foreign minister of Iceland, Mr Ossur Skarphedinsson, has decided to deploy the Icelandic International Search and Rescue Team to Haiti to participate in rescue efforts after an earthquake hit south of Port-au-Prince yesterday. The team is a highly trained group of 37 search and rescue specialists. They will leave from Iceland at 10AM GMT today and are expected to arrive in Haiti around 4PM local time.
The Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) have a long tradition of engagement with Zimbabwe and other countries in Southern Africa. Our strong partnership with countries in the region has historically been built on mutual trust, dialogue and the upholding of common values such as democratic principles and respect for human rights.
Against this background, the Foreign Ministers of the Nordic countries are appalled by the grave humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe which continues to deteriorate by the day.
The Government of Iceland decided 8 March 2007 to double its contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to 0,2 million USD in 2007. This was announced following the meeting of Valgerdur Sverrisdottir, Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs, with Karen Koning AbuZayd, Commissioner-General of UNRWA, in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Scope of the Project
The Project is planned for ten years, from 2006 to 2015 and is divided into four phases; initial phase for two years 2006-2008, implementation phase A for three years 2008-2010, implementation phase B for three years 2010-2013, and phasing out for two years 2013-2015.
ICEIDA reserves the right to reassess the project period pending results of a midterm evaluation that will be carried out in 2010.