Norway assumes presidency of the Mine Ban Treaty
On 30 November, Norway takes over the presidency of the Mine Ban Treaty.
Changes to Norway’s aid budget
According to new figures, ODA-approved refugee expenses in Norway have dropped by NOK 200 million this year. This will make it possible to increase allocations to various priority areas in the 2018 aid budget.
International conference on health in developing countries
Representatives of almost 20 countries will be gathering in Oslo on 6 November to take part in the first replenishment event of the Global Financing Facility (GFF).
Norwegian diplomat Geir O. Pedersen to be UN Special Envoy for Syria
‘I am very pleased that the UN Secretary-General has given one of our foremost diplomats the important task of leading the UN’s efforts in forging an inclusive and peaceful political solution in Syria,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Sø
Let’s celebrate cooperation!
If we are to solve the greatest challenges of our time, we need more – not less – international cooperation.
Increased support for humanitarian response in Yemen
Norway will provide further appx USD 3.6 million (NOK 30 million) to the humanitarian response in Yemen, with an emphasis on urgent food aid channelled through the UN.
Norway has a leading role in the global efforts to promote clean and healthy oceans.
Priority given to countries affected by conflict and fragility, humanitarian assistance, and human rights
In the 2019 budget, the Government has proposed to increase the allocation to countries affected by conflict and fragility and to people in need, and to step up efforts to promote human rights.
Increase in aid budget for 2019
Norway intends to maintain a high level of aid and has proposed spending spending NOK 37.8 billion on aid in 2019, about 1 % of Norway’s gross national income.
A ‘women’s billion’ in support for women’s rights and gender equality
The Norwegian Government is proposing to allocate at least NOK 1 billion in support for women’s rights and gender equality as part of the 2019 aid budget.
Norway to make extraordinary contribution to Palestine refugees
‘The UN’s agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) is in a critical financial situation following the US decision to cut all funding to the organisation,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.