Press release | Date: 2015-10-07 | Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Government is earmarking NOK 100 million for two new aid programmes targeting global security threats.
‘The global security landscape is changing. Norway is currently facing a growing number of threats that by their very nature transcend national boundaries. Terrorist groups such as ISIL, Boko Haram and al-Shabaab threaten security not only in Syria, Nigeria and Somalia, but also in their neighbouring countries and the rest of the world,’ Foreign Minister Børge Brende said.
The NOK 100 million will be split between one programme to prevent and combat organised crime, and another to prevent radicalisation, violent extremism and terrorism. These aid programmes are part of the implementation of this year’s white paper on global security challenges, which lists 40 action points to strengthen our capacity to meet security threats.
The action points aim to improve the quality of analysis, increase information exchange and strengthen cooperation. Norway’s partners in this work include the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Interpol, the EU and other allied countries.
‘Knowledge and analysis, coordination and capacity building are key elements in our efforts to put affected countries and regions in a better position to prevent, respond to and combat global security challenges. That is the goal of the two aid programmes,’ said Mr Brende.