Norway is providing NOK 75 million to the UN Peacebuilding Fund. A good deal of this funding will be channelled to the vulnerable Sahel region.
‘The Peacebuilding Fund works to prevent and resolve conflicts in countries affected by fragility in regions close to us, such as the Sahel. We are therefore making an additional contribution to the Fund,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
The Troika (United States, Norway, and the UK) join IGAD in condemning the harassment and abuse of monitors from the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mission (CTSAMVM) on Tuesday 18 December.
Office of the Spokesperson
December 21, 2018
The text of the following statement on Nicaragua was released by the Governments of Australia, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, pursuant to their collective commitment to the defense of civil society organizations around the world.
‘The large number of refugees that have come to Bangladesh has put pressure on the refugees themselves, the local villagers and the natural resources in the area. Funding from Norway will be used in efforts to find better alternatives to the firewood that is currently being used as fuel in and around the refugee camps. At the same time, the environment will be restored through reforestation,’ Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide said.
‘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).
Mogadishu – The following international partners* (listed below) are concerned about the recent events in South West State. We extend our deepest condolences for the death of the South West State assembly member and others who have died in the violence in Baidoa. We deplore all violence and any other acts that could exacerbate the humanitarian situation.
Norway is to provide NOK 15 million in core funding to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The funding was announced during the annual session of the IOM Council in Geneva on 27 November. The funding will be used to support IOM in carrying out its new tasks as coordinator of the UN Migration Network, and in restructuring its organisation and developing its strategy.
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.
ADDIS ABABA, 22 November 2018 – The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ethiopia signed a grant agreement today with UNFPA and UNICEF amounting to NOK 100 million (USD 11.3 million) in support of Phase III of the 'Joint Programme on a Rights-based Approach to Adolescent and Youth Development in Ethiopia (2018-2021)'.
‘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.
‘I am deeply concerned about the grave humanitarian situation in Yemen. A large proportion of the population is suffering from a shortage of food and malnutrition. The Government will now provide a further NOK 30 million to the humanitarian response, with an emphasis on urgent food aid channelled through the UN,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
‘It is the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people who are being hardest hit by climate change. Increasingly, a lack of food and failing harvests are causing instability and conflict. Climate change adaptation is essential for achieving the SDGs. We therefore intend to increase Norway’s funding for promoting food security and climate-resilient agriculture by NOK 60 million in next year’s budget,’ said Minister of International Development Nikolai Astrup.
The Government proposes to increase the humanitarian budget by about NOK 250 million in 2019.
‘Norway will be a driving force for rapid and effective humanitarian efforts. In Syria, Yemen, South Sudan and many other countries affected by conflict, natural disasters and other crises, there is a huge need for help,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
‘The situation is critical in the areas of Indonesia that were hit by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami on 28 September. The Government is now increasing Norway’s support for the rescue efforts by NOK 10 million (around USD 1.2 million), to NOK 24 million (around USD 3 million),’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
‘The UN’s agency for Palestine refugees (United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA) is in a critical financial situation following the US decision to cut all funding to the organisation. Norway has decided to make an extraordinary contribution of NOK 64 million. This will help to ensure that schools remain open and humanitarian needs continue to be met,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
‘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.
Germany, Nigeria, Norway and the United Nations hosted the High-Level Conference on the Lake Chad Region which brought together 27 nations, 24 regional and international organizations and representatives of national and international civil society. We convened to recommit to work together to address the humanitarian needs and build the resilience of the over 17 million people still affected by the regional crisis and to identify ways of strengthening the collective response.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide announced this contribution in Berlin today at the high-level conference on the crisis in the Lake Chad region, which Norway is co-hosting with Germany, Nigeria and the UN. The conference (Oslo II) is a follow-up of the humanitarian high-level conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad region that was held in Oslo in 2017.