An important part of Norwegian foreign and international development policy is concerned with saving lives, alleviating suffering and protecting civilians affected by war and conflict. Norwegian humanitarian efforts are focused on countries where there are great, unmet humanitarian needs, where Norway is particularly well placed to make a contribution, or where the measures concerned support peace and reconciliation processes.
The National Budget 2018:
The Government proposes an increase in humanitarian funding to an unprecedented level. 'Never before have so many people been affected by wars, conflicts and natural disasters. Given that more than 140 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance worldwide and the UN is not receiving enough funding, it is vital that Norway increases its humanitarian aid.'
Half of the children who do not attend school today live in areas affected by crisis and conflict. The Government is therefore intensifying its efforts to promote the provision of education in fragile states and areas affected by crisis and conflict.
Norway, together with Nigeria, Germany and UN Ocha hosted an international donor conference in Oslo on 24 February. A major humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. This crisis has been largely overlooked. Norway are therefore seeking to mobilise greater international involvement and increased funding for humanitarian efforts.
2017-11-21: More than 40 million people are displaced in their own countries. Norway has put forward a resolution on internally displaced persons, which has been adopted in the UN. 'It confirms the rights of internally displaced people, and highlights the importance of ensuring better protection,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
2017-11-07: 'The humanitarian situation in parts of Ethiopia is dire as a result of long-term drought. Norway is now providing a further NOK 10 million in aid to people in need, and will consider providing additional support on an ongoing basis,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
2017-10-23: 'The situation in the overcrowded refugee camps in Bangladesh is dire. Norway is now providing an additional NOK 25 million for humanitarian efforts to alleviate the Rohingya crisis,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
As part of its work to ensure that the humanitarian principles are respected in the field, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has drawn up a guidance note on this issue, in consultation with a number of the organisations that receive funding from Norway.
The Mine Ban Convention is the international agreement that bans antipersonnel landmines. The text of the Mine Ban Convention was successfully agreed at a diplomatic conference 18 September 1997 in Oslo.