‘The Government has proposed an increase of NOK 115 million in the overall humanitarian budget for 2020, bringing the total to NOK 5.5 billion. This is Norway’s largest humanitarian budget ever,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
Globally, humanitarian needs have increased dramatically in recent years. According to the UN, there have never been more people in need of humanitarian assistance. Armed conflict, climate change and persistent poverty in countries and regions affected by fragility are now creating complex crises that last longer and affect more people than previously. The unmet needs are increasing, even though donors are providing more funding and humanitarian organisations are reaching more people than ever before.
‘The Government has given humanitarian efforts a historic boost in response to record-breaking needs. Since 2013, the humanitarian budget has grown by 68 %. This trend will continue in 2020,’ Ms Eriksen Søreide said.
In line with the Government’s humanitarian strategy, Norway will provide effective response where the needs are greatest. In 2020 we will have a particular focus on protection, especially protection against sexual and gender-based violence, the protection of children and young people, and the protection of civilians from land mines and other explosives. At the Oslo conference on ending sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian crises, Norway pledged to provide NOK 1 billion over three years. Following up on these commitments is an important priority. In addition, the Government will continue to give priority to education in situations of conflict and crisis.
Norway’s humanitarian aid will strengthen the response to both protracted and acute crises. The substantial response to the crisis in Syria will be continued.
Norway’s humanitarian efforts are primarily channelled through the UN, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, and Norwegian humanitarian organisations.