Humanitarian efforts

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.

Fra flyktningleiren Kanjiza i Serbia hvor serbisk Røde Kors deler ut mat. Foto: Tommaso Della Longa, IFRC

The National Budget 2018:

Step up funding to alleviate humanitarian crises

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.'

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.

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Conference for Nigeria and Lake Chad region

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.


Minister launched new humanitarian strategy

2018-08-13: ‘Humanitarian action is an important part of the Government’s international engagement, and Norway has increased its humanitarian budget by more than 50 % since 2013. We will maintain a high level of humanitarian funding in the coming years, but changes in the world are making it necessary to rethink our priorities,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.

325 million in humanitarian aid to Lake Chad region

2018-09-03: Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide announced this contribution in Berlin today at the high-level conference on the crisis in the Lake Chad region, which Norway is co-hosting with Germany, Nigeria and the UN. The conference (Oslo II) is a follow-up of the humanitarian high-level conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad region that was held in Oslo in 2017.

Minister concerned about critical situation for UNRWA

2018-09-04: ‘I am concerned that the situation for UNRWA, which is already critical, will deteriorate further as a result of President Trump’s decision to end all funding to the organisation,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide after the US decided on 31 August to cut all funding to the organisation.

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Guidance note

Ensuring respect for the humanitarian principles

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.

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The Mine Ban Convention

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.


Department for UN and Humanitarian Affairs

Phone: +47 23 95 00 00
Address: Postboks 8114 Dep., 0032 Oslo
Visitor address: 7. juniplassen 1 / Victoria Terrasse 7,

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