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States will meet 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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I am pleased to invite two representatives of your Government to the Oslo Conference on Safe Schools: Protecting Education from Attack, which will be held in Oslo on 28–29 May. There will be a public meeting on the afternoon of Thursday 28 May.  The formal part of the conference will start with a dinner the same evening, followed by a morning session on 29 May. Education is increasingly comin

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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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  Safe Schools Declaration The impact of armed conflict on education presents urgent humanitarian, development and wider social challenges. Worldwide, schools and universities have been bombed, shelled and burned, and children, students, teachers and academics have been killed, maimed, abducted or arbitrarily detained. Educational facilities have been used by parties to armed conflict as, int

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Parties to armed conflict are urged not to use schools and universities for any purpose in support of their military effort. While it is acknowledged that certain uses would not be contrary to the law of armed conflict, all parties should endeavour to avoid impinging on students’ safety and education, using the following as a guide to responsible practice: Guideline 1: Functioning schools and...

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