For the first time ever, Norway’s aid budget exceeds NOK 30 billion. Equitable distribution of resources and opportunities, green energy and gender equality are major priority areas in the proposed development assistance budget for 2013.
Since 2004, the aid budget has doubled, from NOK 15 billion to NOK 30 billion.
"Well-functioning and accessible health services are crucial for development in poor countries," said Minister of International Development Heikki Holmås. Norway is donating NOK 460 million to the World Health Organization with the aim of promoting better health for all.
Mr Holmås and WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan will sign the agreement during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro.