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Norway's Foreign and Defence Committee travel to Ghana to view global health projects

Representatives from Norway's Foreign and Defence Committee, Anniken Huitfeldt (Labour Party), Ingjerd Schou (Conservative Party), Per-Willy Amundsen (Progress Party), and Marianne Marthinsen (Labour Party) will travel to Accra, Ghana, to meet representatives from GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), UNAIDS, health authorities in Ghana and the foreign committee in Ghana's Parliament. They will also visit hospitals and local health centers during their visit. 

News article - Norwegian Parliament (in Norwegian) 

CEPI executives argue in opinion piece that the coalition fills an important gap in providing access to affordable vaccines

Frederik Kristensen, vice executive, and Gunnstein Norheim, executive for vaccine research at the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) in Oslo has written an opinion piece arguing that CEPI fills a much needed gap in providing funding to encourage development of otherwise costly vaccines that currently lack an appropriate market. Today CEPI has 11 agreements with vaccine developers around the world and 21 vaccine candidates are under development.

The opinion piece is in response to a separate opinion piece written by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) that claims that the vaccines developed with funding from CEPI will not be ultimately available at affordable prices. 

Opinion piece - VG (in Norwegian)

Norway commits NOK100 million to support people with disabilities

The Norwegian government has committed NOK100 million (US$12 million) to people with disabilities in developing countries. The announcement was made in New York by Minister of Foreign Affairs Dag-Inge Ulstein. The commitment comes as part of the government’s ambition to reach those who are the most vulnerable in developing countries and to leave nobody behind.

Norway will work together with other countries and multilateral organizations to achieve this goal. Last year Norway signed the Charter for Change under the Global Disability Summit in London. 

News - Norwegian government (in Norwegian)

Norway

Norway highlights World Bank's essential role in multilateral cooperation during recent meetings in Iceland

Norwegian Minister of Development Dag-Inge Ulstein met Nordic and Baltic counterparts and World Bank President Kristalina Georgieva in Iceland.

One of the topics discussed was the upcoming replenishment of the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank. Norway emphasized that the World Bank is a key driver of multilateral cooperation and one of Norway's most important partners in eliminating poverty and contributing to inclusive and sustainable growth. 

News update - Norwegian government (in Norwegian)

Norway announces US$18-million in humanitarian funding for Yemen

At the international donor conference for Yemen in Geneva, Norwegian foreign minister Ine Eriksen Søreide announced that Norway will allocate additional NOK 150 million (US$18 million) to the country's humanitarian crisis. The funds will go through the United Nations (UN), the Red Cross, and humanitarian civil organizations that work with local partners in Yemen. Norway will also contribute to multilateral organizations working on the crisis, including the UN's emergency relief fund and the World Bank. 

Press release - Government of Norway (in Norwegian)

Norway

Official development assistant reform in Norway still on hold after 10 months

10 months after the former Norwegian Minister of Development, Nikolai Astrup, launched a development assistance reform, there is still no further clarification on the division of roles and responsibilities between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norad, Norway's development agency. One month into his tenure as the Norwegian Minister of Development, Dag-Inge Ulstein, met with colleagues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norad and confirmed that he needs more time to decide on the way forward, although the government's platform will guide their work.

News article - Bistandsaktuelt (in Norwegian)

Norway gives US$15 million to fill UNRWA funding gap left by US

Following the US' decision to cut funding to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Norway has stepped up to meet the funding gap by providing its core contribution of NOK 125 million (US$15 million) in full at the beginning of the year.  According to Norwegian foreign minister Ine Eriksen Søreide, ensuring that UNRWA-supported schools and services remain open is crucial for stability in the region. Norway is a significant donor to UNRWA, providing humanitarian funding in addition to core contributions. 

Press release - Government of Norway

Norway Education

Norway announces new government and new minister of development

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and her new government have announced a number of new ministers, including incoming Minister of Development Dag Inge Ulstein, a Christian Democratic Party politician from Bergen. Other changes include former Minister of Development Nikolai Astrup's appointment as Minister of Digitalization. 

Press release - government of Norway (in Norwegian)

Norway

Norway's government platform continues to focus development cooperation on health and increases attention towards food security

The Norwegian Conservative Party, Liberal Party, Christian Democratic Party, and the Progress have agreed on the 'Granavolden Platform', to be presented to Parliament on January 29, 2019. The platform commits that 1% of gross national income (GNI) will be spent on official development assistance (ODA).

Norway will continue to strengthen its efforts within global health, especially vaccination, child health, and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Norway will increase its efforts related to food security and climate smart agriculture. 

Government's political platform  - Liberal Party (in Norwegian)

Norway approves 2019 ODA budget

The Norwegian government has approved the budget for official development assistance (ODA) for 2019 at NOK37.8 billion (US$4.5 billion). The Christian Democratic Party has supported the government's ODA budget after reshuffling NOK 232 million (US$28 million), focusing on long-term development by strengthening  funding for food security, agriculture, Africa, and civil society. This includes an increase of NOK14 million (US$2 million) to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and GAVI, the Vaccine alliance.

Norway's planned global health commitments for 2019 are NOK 3.2 billion (US$39 million). 

Budget document - Norwegian government (in Norwegian)