I thank the humanitarian actors present and for the extremely important work you do on the ground - highly appreciated.
Norway will continue to stand with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people against the Russian aggression, which constitutes a gross violation of international law, including the UN Charter.
Protection of civilians is a key priority for Norway. This is also reflected in the work we do in the UN Security Council. We are deeply concerned by the recent attacks by Russian forces on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine. International humanitarian law and international human rights law must be fully respected and implemented. Humanitarian actors must be ensured access and protected against attacks.
Norway has so far contributed approximately 170 million USD in humanitarian aid to Ukraine and neighbouring countries through the UN, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and Norwegian and International NGOs. This includes also funding for in kind-assistance and medical evacuation. The Government has proposed to the Parliament further assistance to Ukraine.
Supporting local frontline responders and ensuring continuation of essential services are of outmost importance now when winter is coming. That is why we support the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund to enable local humanitarian partners to deliver timely, coordinated and principled humanitarian assistance.
Lifesaving assistance to refugees and IDPs, protection against SGBV and trafficking, as well as protection of children and education, are some of our priorities for the humanitarian response.
Norway remains also very concerned about the global food crisis fueled by conflict, climate shocks and the COVID-19 pandemic. And the ripple effects of the war in Ukraine on rising prices on food, fuel and fertilizer.
In this situation, Norway has ensured that the level of humanitarian support for other crises is also maintained. We have increased our development funding for food security and climate adaptation.