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 2019:
Increase of NOK 250 million to humanitarian crises
The Government proposes to increase the humanitarian budget by about NOK 250 million in 2019. ‘Norway will be a driving force for rapid and effective humanitarian efforts. In Syria, Yemen, South Sudan and many other countries affected by conflict, natural disasters and other crises, there is a huge need for help,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
Education in situations of crisis and conflict
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.
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.
2018-11-30: On 30 November, Norway took over the presidency of the Mine Ban Treaty. ‘During our presidency, we will highlight the huge risk to civilians posed by anti-personnel mines and explosives in many countries, and the major social and economic consequences this has,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
2018-11-06: ‘I am in Juba to show my support for the new peace agreement and the vital humanitarian efforts in South Sudan. A great responsibility now lies with the parties to comply with the agreement and build peace. Norway is increasing its support for education, health and food security in South Sudan by NOK 145 million,’ Ms Eriksen Søreide said.
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.
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 Treaty (MBT) is the international agreement that prohibits anti-personnel mines. Its official title is the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction.