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Photo: MFA/Malgorzata Hauge.Photo: MFA/Malgorzata Hauge

Norway and the Netherlands, in their capacity as co-coordinators on Clearance for the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), invited Lebanese Mine Action Authorities, donors and operators to a workshop in Beirut on 17 November 2016.

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Photo: S.H. OMI/UNHCR.

The annual General Assembly resolution on the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, was adopted by consensus by the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on 17 November 2016. This year’s consultations on the resolution took place in Geneva and were facilitated by the Permanent Mission of Norway.

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Photo: UNHCR/H. Caux.

‘The Government’s proposed aid budget for 2017 amounts to 1 % of Norway’s GNI and sets out a historic level of funding in many areas. The present Government has doubled support for education, increased humanitarian aid by 50 %, and increased funding for global health by NOK 600 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Photo: Norwegian Mission.

On 13 June 2016 the UN Library in Geneva hosted a talk on Fridtjof Nansen, the First High Commissioner for Refugees, on the occasion of the World Refugee Day 2016

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Khalida raises her hand to anwer a question in the Puti Kalatsha community-based education class. 
Photo: CC BY/Elissa Bogos/Save the Children.

A new fund for education in emergencies, Education Cannot Wait, was launched at the world Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul 23-24 of May.

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Illustration: The picture shows a shrine in Raqqa, before (2011) and after (2014) it has been destroyed. 
Photo: DigitalGlobe, Inc. All Rights Reserved (photo compilation by the Permanent Mission of Norway).

When Haiti is hit by a hurricane, or large numbers of people are seeking shelters in South Sudan, the global community needs reliable information in order to respond. For 15 years, the Norwegian-supported UNITAR Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) has provided key geo-spatial information to the UN and others.

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Illustration photo: A woman breast-feeds her baby shortly after arriving at the Batanga Transit Centre. 
Photo: UNHCR / L.Baumann / April 2014.

At this week’s 67th Session of the Executive Committee of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, State Secretary, Ms Marit Berger Røsland announced that Norway will continue to its non-earmarked financial support of UNHCR’s core activities for 2017.

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From a school in Syria. More than 4000 schools have been destroyed in the country. 
Photo: Unicef/Truls Brekke.

During the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul 23 - 24 May 2016, Norway hosted a side-event about the Safe Schools Declaration and the need to protect education from attack during armed conflict.

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Syrian and Lebanese students sit together in classes at the Mohammed Shamel mixed Elementary public school in Tariq el Jdideh, Beirut, Lebanon. 
Photo: CC BY/ Adam Patterson/Panos/DFID.

During the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Foreign Minister Børge Brende and Unicef Executive Director Anthony Lake signed a letter of intent on cooperation on education for children and young people affected by the Syrian crisis.

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