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, and where the measures concerned support peace and reconciliation processes.

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

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.

Children in a refugee camp for Syrian refugees in Turkey. Credit: Frode O. Andersen, MFA

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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