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‘The crisis in Syria is having unspeakable consequences for millions of people in Syria and its neighbouring countries. Norway is now increasing its aid to Syria and the region to NOK 2.4 billion for 2016. We intend to maintain this high level of assistance and will provide a total of around NOK 10 billion over the next four years,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

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2.8 million Syrian children are out of school because of conflict, however, many still have access to mobile phones. Norway is therefore inviting the world’s game developers to come up with the best possible application to allow Syrian children to continue their learning.

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On 5 October, Aqeela Asifi’s determined efforts to help girl refugees access education were acknowledged as she received the UN Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) prestigious Nansen Refugee Award Medal.

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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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The Permanent Mission of Norway hosted an 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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Do you know an exceptional person who has gone beyond the call of duty and shown outstanding dedication and service to the displacement cause? The deadline for nomination inspiring and committed candidates is 8 February 2016.

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The Norwegian Refugee Council and CREART’s exhibition ‘Colours in Displacement’, showcasing the art of refugee children in Iran and Afghanistan, was opened in Geneva on 7 October.

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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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