‘Norway is rising its assist for efforts to guard civilians, enhance meals safety and supply humanitarian help to displaced folks in international locations affected by disaster and battle, and is offering a record-high NOK 6.3 billion in humanitarian funding,’ stated Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
Most of Norway’s 2021 humanitarian finances is being channelled by the UN, the Worldwide Pink Cross and Pink Crescent Motion and Norwegian humanitarian organisations.
‘In the present day, many international locations are experiencing advanced crises. The humanitarian scenario can change in a short time. The mixed impacts of armed battle, the coronavirus pandemic, local weather change and excessive poverty are exacerbating humanitarian crises. It’s important for Norway to work with versatile humanitarian organisations that perceive the native circumstances,’ stated Ms Eriksen Søreide.
The variety of folks in want of humanitarian assist and safety worldwide is increased than ever earlier than. In line with UN estimates, some 235 million folks will want humanitarian help in 2021. This is a rise of 40 % from final yr.
‘An rising variety of folks shouldn’t have sufficient meals. Some 270 million folks in 79 international locations at the moment are getting ready to or are already dealing with a starvation disaster, and armed battle is the first trigger. On the identical time, an increasing number of individuals are being pressured to flee their properties, both throughout nationwide borders or inside their very own nation. Elevated core funding to humanitarian organisations offers each predictability and adaptability for our companions and helps to advertise a more practical humanitarian response,’ Ms Eriksen Søreide stated.
This yr, Norway has elevated its core assist to the World Meals Programme (WFP) to NOK 800 million and to the UN Refugee Company (UNHCR) to NOK 680 million. These are extraordinary will increase in funding, allotted in response to rising wants arising from meals insecurity and elevated displacement because of the coronavirus pandemic.
To date this yr, Norway has supplied NOK 420 million in funding to the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). Norway is one in every of CERF’s largest donors. CERF ensures that humanitarian help reaches folks in want shortly when crises emerge or escalate, and offers funding for underfunded emergencies. In 2021, the funds have been allotted to supply meals help in Nigeria, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Norway additionally helps the work being accomplished by the Worldwide Committee of the Pink Cross (ICRC) to guard and help folks residing in conflict-affected international locations. Norway has supplied NOK 163 million to the ICRC, amongst different issues to assist the organisation’s efforts to fight sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).
Meals safety and safety of civilians are probably the most urgent humanitarian points in Syria, Yemen and South Sudan. These are the international locations which have obtained probably the most humanitarian assist from Norway in 2021, as in recent times. To date this yr, Norway has allotted NOK 700 million to humanitarian efforts in Syria, NOK 200 million in Yemen and NOK 166 million in South Sudan. This funding are being channelled by the UN, the Worldwide Pink Cross and Pink Crescent Motion, and Norwegian humanitarian organisations. Norway will present additional assist to the humanitarian response in these international locations throughout the course of the yr.
Lockdowns throughout the coronavirus pandemic have elevated the chance of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). This yr, Norway will present not less than NOK 310 million to efforts to reinforce safety in opposition to SGBV and entry to sexual and reproductive well being companies in humanitarian crises.
Safety of civilians in opposition to landmines and different explosives is one other necessary precedence for Norway. This yr, Norway will present not less than NOK 300 million to international mine motion.
‘Norway will proceed to play a number one function in international humanitarian efforts each as a donor nation and as a humanitarian actor. Our total intention is to avoid wasting lives, alleviate struggling and defend human dignity in battle and disaster conditions. On the identical time, we’ll proceed to advertise innovation and an built-in method to be able to obtain higher outcomes with current assets and counter the detrimental pattern we’re seeing during which an increasing number of individuals are trapped in protracted humanitarian crises,’ Ms Eriksen Søreide stated.
- 235 million folks will want humanitarian help in 2021. That is 40 % greater than in 2020.
- Worldwide, there are over 26 million refugees and greater than 45 million individuals are internally displaced.
- Norway is offering a record-high NOK 6.3 billion in humanitarian assist, for use, amongst different issues, to guard civilians, enhance meals safety and supply help to displaced folks in international locations affected by disaster and battle.
- Safety of civilians is a key focus space for Norway. Additionally it is one in every of Norway’s precedence thematic areas within the UN Safety Council, the place we at the moment chair the Working Group on Youngsters and Armed Battle.
Supply: UN and Norwegian Ministry of International Affairs