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 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.

Barn i flyktningleir for syriske flyktninger i Tyrkia

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.

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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.

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Norway to step up efforts to combat SGBV in crises

24/05/2019: Norway is allocating NOK 1 billion to the fight against sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian crises in the period 2019 to 2021. Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in humanitarian crises is a global problem. Around 140 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, and it is estimated that 35 million of them are women and girls of fertile age.

Norway assumes presidency of the Mine Ban Treaty

30/11/2018: 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.

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New strategy for humanitarian efforts

"The intention of this strategy is to set the direction for Norway’s humanitarian policy and response in the years ahead, and to highlight key areas for action that are important for meeting the greatest humanitarian challenges of our time", the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of International Development write in the strategy's foreword.

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The Mine Ban Convention

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.


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Address: Postboks 8114 Dep., 0032 Oslo
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