Humanitarian efforts

Published under: Stoltenberg's 2nd Government

Publisher Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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.

Barn i flyktningleir for syriske flyktninger i Tyrkia

Education in situations of crisis and conflict

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.

The National Budget 2017

Record high humanitarian budget again in 2017

There are several major humanitarian crises in the world today. The Government is therefore planning to increase Norway's allocation for humanitarian aid to just over NOK 5 billion in 2017. A large part of this will go to efforts in Syria and the neighbouring countries.

Sivilbefolkningen har vært ekstremt utsatt under krigen i Syria. Avtalen om våpenstillstand kan gi et kjærkomment pusterom for å yte helsehjelp. Foto:

Cessation of Hostilities plan for Syria

The US and Russia have agreed on a plan for nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria. ‘I welcome this urgently needed agreement. This is a long sought after chance that the world community cannot afford to miss. I encourage all parties to work towards implementing the agreement and cooperating in order to achieve a swift improvement in the humanitarian situation in Syria,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.


Norway increases famine response to NOK 673 million

25.03.17: 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.

Learning games for children affected by war and crisis

20.03.17: Norway has today launched a new development tool that makes it possible for children to learn to read in areas where schools have been bombed and teachers and families have been forced to flee. With the help of some of the world’s tech giants, Norway has developed two game-based learning apps that can be used anywhere.

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Donor conference in Oslo for Nigeria and Lake Chad

24.02.17: Norway, together with Nigeria, Germany and UN Ocha will host an international donor conference in Oslo on 24 February.

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Department for UN and Humanitarian Affairs

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Address: Postboks 8114 Dep., 0032 Oslo
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