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, and where the measures concerned support peace and reconciliation processes. Protection of civilians is one of Norway’s key priorities as an elected member of the Security Council.
The National Budget 2021:
NOK 5.5 billion for humanitarian assistance
‘The Government has proposed an overall humanitarian budget of NOK 5.5 billion for 2021. The number of people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection worldwide is higher than ever before. With this budget, Norway will continue to be one of the largest humanitarian donors in the world,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
The protection of civilians in conflict situations
Ensuring protection against violence, abuse and violations of fundamental human rights is a key part of the humanitarian response, both in situations of armed conflict and natural disasters. Protection has been identified as one of three main priorities in Norway’s Humanitarian Strategy for 2019-2023.
Guidance on respect for humanitarian principles
Nearly 27 million of the children who are currently out of school live in areas affected by crisis and conflict, according to Unicef. By assuming an international leadership role, Norway has helped to increase political awareness and provide concrete measures for education in situations of crisis and conflict.
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07/10/2020: ‘The Covid-19 pandemic and the measures implemented to combat it have dramatic ramifications for developing countries, and are leading to increased economic decline, poverty, unemployment and hunger. The Government has therefore proposed an increase in funding for global health efforts of NOK 500 million in the budget for 2021,’ said Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein.
06/04/2020: The Government is seeking to boost life-saving assistance and humanitarian efforts in high-priority areas such protection of civilians and innovation by entering new multi-year partnership agreements with the Norwegian Refugee Council (including Norcap), the Norwegian Red Cross, Norwegian Church Aid, Norwegian People’s Aid, Save the Children Norway and Caritas Norway.
"The intention of this strategy is to set the direction for Norway’s humanitarian policy and response in the years ahead, and to highlight key areas for action that are important for meeting the greatest humanitarian challenges of our time", the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of International Development write in the strategy's foreword.
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