In 2017, Norway maintained its substantial humanitarian support for civilians affected by the conflict in Syria. ‘The war in Syria is a terrible tragedy that has caused several hundred thousand deaths and forced millions of civilians to flee their homes. It is crucial that the international community steps up its support. Norway provided more than NOK 2.5 billion in aid in 2017.
‘I am very concerned about the civilians in Rakhine who have been subjected to violence and forced to flee. This situation has created great humanitarian needs on both sides of the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh. Norway is increasing its humanitarian support by an additional NOK 15 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
'The humanitarian situation in Yemen gives cause for great concern. The cholera outbreak has now spread throughout the country, which is also suffering from armed conflict and a food crisis. It is crucial that the international community makes a joint effort to ensure that the UN humanitarian appeal is met. Norway is increasing its humanitarian aid to Yemen by NOK 10 million. Humanitarian access must be granted so that emergency relief can reach the civilian population,' Foreign Minister Børge Brende said.
'The cholera outbreak in Yemen comes on top of an armed conflict and famine that are affecting a large proportion of the population. Norway is therefore increasing its humanitarian support to Yemen by NOK 10 million, and will continue to follow the situation closely,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
More than 20 million people in four countries are on the brink of famine. 'We are facing the worst humanitarian catastrophe in the history of the UN. Nearly 1.4 million children are at risk of starving to death. Norway is therefore increasing its support for life-saving emergency aid and food security to a total of NOK 673 million,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende announced today that Norway will provide NOK 729 million in aid to north-eastern Nigeria and the Lake Chad region in 2017. This area has been hard hit by Boko Haram's campaign of terror, poverty, lack of development and climate change.
Today Mr Brende opened an international donor conference in Oslo for Nigeria and the Lake Chad region, where 11 million people are in acute need of emergency aid.
'Norway plays a leading role in the work to promote global health, and is one of the largest donors to gender equality and women's health efforts. The Government is increasing its support for family planning and safe abortion by NOK 85 million compared with 2016. We will continue to be a driving force for women's health internationally. At a time when this agenda has come under pressure, a joint effort is particularly important,' said Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
Norway has substantially increased its assistance for the Syrian crisis in 2016. ‘The war in Syria is affecting millions of people and has ramifications for the whole world. Norway has been at the forefront of efforts to mobilise more international aid, and we have provided NOK 2.7 billion ourselves this year. This funding is helping to save lives and provide schooling for children and young people in a crisis situation,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
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The world’s greatest refugee crisis is unfolding in Syria and the neighbouring countries. The Government will once again step up its effort to alleviate suffering and help to ensure the best possible protection of the civilian population. We have therefore proposed an increase in humanitarian support for the Syria crisis of NOK 500 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
'Six million children in Syria are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Norway is again increasing its education efforts for children and youth, as well as support to pregnant and other women affected by the conflict,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Women and children in conflict situations are particularly vulnerable to hunger, disease, violence and abuse. More than half of the refugee children in Syria's neighbouring countries do not have the opportunity to go to school.
Press release | Published: 2016-10-06
'The people of Iraq are in urgent need of aid. Norway is already providing a considerable amount of humanitarian assistance to the region. We are now increasing our support to Iraq by NOK 50 million, to a total of NOK 325 million,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, who is today attending the Pledging Conference in support of Iraq in Washington, DC.
Norway will provide NOK 208 million in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan in 2016, twice as much as in 2015. ‘There are still urgent humanitarian needs that are not being met. Eight million Afghans need protection and emergency assistance. Every single day so far this year almost a thousand people have had to flee their homes,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, who is visiting Kabul today.
State Secretary Tore Hattrem's speech at the Nepal-network's seminar in Oslo 25 April on Nepal as a priority country for Norwegian development aid.
Ladies and gentlemen,
First, I would like to thank the Nepal-network for their invitation to attend this seminar. Nepal is a country that is close to my heart, after having worked in the region for several years.
Norway is earmarking NOK 40 million for efforts to help people with disabilities and to combat sexual violence in humanitarian crises. 'Certain groups are more vulnerable than others in situations of war and conflict. Norway will intensify its efforts to prevent violence and injury, and to help those who are affected,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
In Goma the NRC team implemented a field assessment of an urban IDP population whose needs are largely unmet and rarely studied, whose size is heavily underestimated, and whose relationship with governance structures is often limited. Specific vulnerabilities are found based on family composition and location in the city, as well as more widespread difficulties in Goma with basic services, quality housing, and economic opportunities. Lack of government engagement is also highlighted as a key weakness in supporting durable solutions for IDPs in the city.
‘The World Health Organization needs NOK 23 million in immediate contributions for its efforts to fight the Zika virus. When I met Director-General Chan yesterday, I promised that Norway will quickly provide NOK 10 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
The World Health Organization (WHO) played a key role during the Ebola outbreak that ravaged several West African countries during much of 2015. Afterwards, the organisation was criticised for being too slow in responding and lacking in operational capacity.
'We are facing the largest refugee crisis in Europe since the Second World War. Current estimates indicate that at least 33 000 asylum seekers and refugees will seek protection in Norway in 2016. If these estimates are correct, three times as many people will seek protection in Norway in 2016 as in 2014. The Government is proposing an increase in the aid budget for 2016 of NOK 1.2 billion,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
The proposed aid budget for 2016 is thus NOK 34.8 billion, which is over 1 % of Norway's gross national income (GNI).
Kyiv, 28 July 2015
Supported by its donors, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is expanding its cash assistance programmes to serve the needs of the most vulnerable internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ukraine.