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States met 28-29 May at the Oslo Conference on Safe Schools: Protecting Education from Attack, to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration. See www.safeschools.no for further information.

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The 62nd Session the Standing Committee of the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) took place in Geneva 3-5 March 2015. These were Norway's statements:

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To highlight challenges of responding adequately to mental health needs in conflicts and emergencies, Norway hosted a discussion with Dr. Nora Sveaass. Participants included ICRC, MSF, UNICEF, UNFPA and WHO, in addition to states, and Dr Sveaass presented the training manual “Mental health and gender-based violence: Helping survivors of sexual violence in conflict”.

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Last week the Permanent Mission of Norway hosted a informal meeting to honour outgoing Assistant High Commissioner (Operations) in UNHCR, Ms Janet Lim’s long and impactful career in the humanitarian sector.

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The earthquakes in Nepal destroyed half a million homes. There will be a huge need for support for reconstruction for a long time to come. We are now increasing Norway’s support to Nepal to a total of NOK 230 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Norway, as one of the Coordinators on Universalization of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), together with Ecuador and the Presidency Costa Rica, hosted a workshop for signatory and observer states from the Asia-Pacific region on 24 March.

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“An important reminder that we are living in dramatic times,” says Foreign Minister Børge Brende, as Norway announces additional funding for forgotten humanitarian crises.

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Kristian Bye from Bright Products demonstrates solar powered lamp to State Secretary Bård Glad Pedersen and Ambassador Steffen Kongstad. 
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In conjunction with the Humanitarian Affairs Segment of the 2015 ECOSOC in Geneva, the private sector was invited to the ECOSOC Trade Fair to present goods and services for use in humanitarian response. Under the banner “Technology in action”, the Permanent Mission of Norway used the occasion to demonstrate the Norwegian Emergency Preparedness System – NOREPS.

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