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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
24.02.17: Norway, together with Nigeria, Germany and UN Ocha will host an international donor conference in Oslo on 24 February.
The Oslo Conference on Safe Schools, Oslo, Norway 28– 29 May 2015
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.