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Help Remove Landmines From the Path of Peace in Colombia
[Norwaynews] [12.05.2016, 08:30pm, Thu. GMT]
Ferney Cifuentes, like so many Colombian children from his area, was helping his father herd cattle in Montecristo in January 2015 when a violent blast lifted the Earth and sent shrapnel flying.

The 14-year-old had stepped on a landmine. His death -- tragically -- was not unique. More than 11,000 Colombians have been wounded or killed by landmines and other unexploded ordnance in the past quarter century.

Landmines are singularly dangerous because they can lay dormant for years, only to kill and maim innocent people without warning. In Colombia last year, 285 people, including 40 children, were killed by landmines, a toll surpassed only by Afghanistan. At current mine clearance rates, decades will pass before the country is mine free.
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World Bank transfers $25 million to Palestinian Authority amid budget crisis
[Norwaynews] [24.09.2015, 07:35am, Thu. GMT]
The World Bank on Monday transferred $25 million to the Palestinian Authority to assist with urgent budget needs, a statement from the global financial body said. The funds were taken from the Palestinian Reform and Development Plan Trust Fund (PRDP-MDTF), a multi-donor budget support mechanism in place since 2008. Monday's funds will be channeled towards macroeconomic and public management reforms.
Norway to allocate $24 mln for Ukraine reforms
[Norwaynews] [03.09.2015, 05:39am, Thu. GMT]
Norway is to provide NOK 200 million ($24 million) in budget support to Ukraine to support the Ukrainian Government's work to carry out reforms, according to the press release of the Foreign Ministry of Norway. "This support for Ukraine is important for helping to achieve essential restructuring and modernisation," said Minister of Foreign Affairs Borge Brende.
Norway donates to Rakhine State, denies financial interests
[Norwaynews] [09.07.2015, 07:59am, Thu. GMT]
A visit to Myanmar by Norway’s State Secretary of Foreign Affairs has concluded with a US$1.25 million donation for humanitarian assistance in Rakhine State, but concerns remain that Norway is benefiting financially from government links made through peace process support.
Aid to education in emergencies must be doubled
[Norwaynews] [09.07.2015, 06:55am, Thu. GMT]
“Aid to education in emergencies must be doubled to ensure that also children affected by conflict and crises can get an education”, said NRC’s Secretary General Jan Egeland, before the opening of Oslo Education Summit. Leaders from all around the world will gather in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, 6 and 7 July, to discuss how to reach children who are still denied the right to an education.
Norway settles pay discrimination case in Minnesota
[Norwaynews] [30.05.2015, 07:22am, Sat. GMT]
Facing a torrent of negative publicity over the handling of a pay equity dispute in Minnesota, the Norwegian government has settled its long-running battle with its former consular employee, Ellen Ewald, by agreeing to pay most of what a federal judge has mandated.
Record 38 Million Internally Displaced People Globally: Report
[Norwaynews] [07.05.2015, 08:49am, Thu. GMT]
A new report states the figures are a record high for a third year in a row, with a 15 percent increase in 2014 alone. A report published by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre of the Norwegian Refugee Council noted a 15 percent increase in people that have been displaced within their own country by conflict or violence.
New international group of experts on education for disabled people
[Norway] [28.04.2015, 08:42pm, Tue. GMT]
Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende has appointed an international group of experts on education for children and young people with disabilities. The group is to provide input to the Oslo Summit on Education for Development, to be held on 7 July.
NOK 100 million for efforts to remove fossil fuel subsidies
[Norway] [28.04.2015, 08:30pm, Tue. GMT]
'Norway will provide support to developing countries that are seeking to reduce subsidies for coal and other fossil fuels. Cutting fossil fuel subsidies will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and will free up more funding for sustainable development efforts. Norway is providing NOK 100 million for fossil-fuel subsidy reform,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Norway offers 70 million NOK to Norwegian and Indian institutions
[Norwaynews] [09.04.2015, 09:07pm, Thu. GMT]
The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) and the Norwegian Research Council is furthering the cooperation between Norwegian and Indian institutions through a new programme, dubbed "INTPART". 70 million NOK has been designated for the programme.
Norway increases funding for UN human rights work
[Norway] [27.03.2015, 09:49pm, Fri. GMT]
Norway is providing NOK 90 million to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. This is an increase of NOK 10 million compared with last year. ‘Strengthening the UN’s human rights work is vital, particularly at a time when these rights are under increasing pressure globally,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Norway To Donate EUR 7.3 Million To Serbia And Macedonia
[Norwaynews] [18.09.2015, 11:57am, Fri. GMT]
Norway will donate EUR 7.3 million to Serbia and Macedonia in order to help them deal with a high refugee inflow, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Berge Brende said on Thursday. Brende said that one half of the money would be delivered to Serbia for purposes of upgrading refugee reception systems ahead of the winter, while the other half of the sum will be used as assistance in emergency situations in Serbia and Macedonia.
Romania gets EUR 26 mln under Green Industry Innovation Programme
[Norwaynews] [11.07.2015, 09:57pm, Sat. GMT]
Some EUR 26 million will be awarded to 53 private enterprises and NGOs in Romania by Norway via the Green Industry Innovation Programme, Norway Grants officials say. The projects contribute to job creation, reduction of CO2 emissions, energy efficiency, waste collection and treatment, new green products and more. All funds have successfully been allocated and projects are well under implementation.
Norway increases support for UNICEF’s education efforts
[Norway] [09.07.2015, 06:59am, Thu. GMT]
‘Norway will provide NOK 1.16 billion for UNICEF’s education efforts over a two-year period. UNICEF delivers good results in the field, and is an important partner for Norway in our global education initiative,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Red Cross societies from Belarus, Norway to cooperate in emergency aid provision
[Norwaynews] [01.06.2015, 03:30pm, Mon. GMT]
The Vitebsk Oblast Office of the Belarusian Red Cross Society (BRCS) has established cooperation in emergency relief provision with the Red Cross office of the Norwegian county of Hedmark, BelTA learned from the Vitebsk Oblast Office of the BRCS. The first step towards cooperation was made by the parties during the study visit of a delegation of the Norwegian Red Cross to Vitebsk on 30-31 May.
Norwegian emergency aid to Eastern Ukraine
[Norwaynews] [11.05.2015, 09:46am, Mon. GMT]
Norway is contributing NOK 40 million in emergency aid to Eastern Ukraine. Foreign Minister Børge Brende says the humanitarian crisis there is the greatest in Europe since the war in the Balkans. Brende arrived in Kharkov in Eastern Ukraine Sunday evening, to observe for himself the humanitarian consequences on the country from the war.
Norway providing an immediate NOK 30 million to help victims of the earthquake in Nepal
[Norway] [28.04.2015, 08:44pm, Tue. GMT]
'The international community needs to take immediate action. Norway has already announced that we will contribute NOK 30 million to the emergency relief effort,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Norway to provide NOK 50 million to support refugees in transit countries
[Norway] [28.04.2015, 08:35pm, Tue. GMT]
‘We are facing an unprecedented situation in the Mediterranean region, where a growing number of refugees trying to reach Europe are losing their lives in the attempt. There have been further tragedies in the last few days. Several boats have capsized, and hundreds of people have drowned. Norway is providing NOK 50 million for measures to help refugees and migrants in transit countries in Africa, with a view to preventing even more people from embarking on the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Norway to provide NOK 30 million in humanitarian aid to Yemen
[Norway] [13.04.2015, 05:28pm, Mon. GMT]
‘We are deeply concerned about the dramatic developments in Yemen. The conflict is having a severe impact on the civilian population and there is an urgent need for emergency aid. Norway is therefore providing NOK 30 million in humanitarian assistance to Yemen,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria
[Norway] [02.04.2015, 09:40pm, Thu. GMT]
It is unacceptable that we have not reached a political solution in Syria by now. We must try again. Try better. Try harder.Today, we must demonstrate our solidarity with the people of Syria, said Foreign Minister Børge Brende in his speech at the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait on 31 March.
How can Norway best Support Afghanistan?
[Norway] [24.03.2015, 03:44pm, Tue. GMT]
The current situation in Afghanistan is the subject of two opposing narratives: one is a success story about international support and involvement since 2001; the other is a story where much has gone wrong and everything can only get worse. Agreeing on a narrative that is closer to the truth is crucial when deciding what form Norwegian support and involvement should take in the future.
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