The Government takes an integrated approach to Norway’s foreign and development policy. Our development policy is designed to promote economic development, democratisation, implementation of human rights, good governance and measures that can lift people out of poverty for good. Priority is given to education, humanitarian assistance, health and vaccination, private sector development, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and human rights.
Education is a human right for all children in all parts of the world. But a great deal remains to be done – 58 million children of primary school age and 70 million young people are still out of school.
Norway plays a leading role in efforts to promote global health. Improving the health of the world’s population is essential for reducing poverty.
Norway will provide NOK 1.6 billion (USD 258 mill) to the Green Climate Fund over the next four years. With this announcement, the total amount pledged to the Fund has now reached the equivalent of USD 9.95 billion.
The Government has proposed a substantial increase in the support provided by Norway for education in poor countries. This will mean an allocation of almost NOK 2.4 billion to education in 2015, an increase of NOK 550 million compared to 2014.
- We believe that good governance should be a standalone goal among the post-2015 SDGs. We will promote this in the course of this spring. We want every country to deliver on good governance, said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende in his statement at the Norad conference 2014: Democracy and human rights.
More than four million people die every year from air pollution caused by cooking, heating and the use of paraffin lamps. Women and young children in rural communities top the statistics. Norway will provide 40 mill USD over the next four years to the effort to promote clean cooking.