The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Climate and Environment will provide NOK94 million (US$10 million) to the 'United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization' (UNESCO) to promote freedom of expression and culture.
This allocation is a part of Norway's global engagement to promote human rights and a new two-year cooperation agreement. The funding will be divided between the protection of freedom of expression, protection of cultural rights and artistic freedom, protection of world heritage, and protection of cultural heritage in conflicts and crises.
Norway's Minister of Climate and Environment, Sveinung Rotevatn, pointed out that world heritage, which refers to places on Earth designated valuable to humanity and worth protecting, can be put under pressure due to "unregulated development", conflicts, and poaching. These issues affect the environment and climate, which consequently impact people, so Norway's support aims to contribute to both human and environmental protection through multilateral cooperation.
The press release also noted that Norway provides support to UNESCO for education and ocean research. Norway is providing a total of NOK361 million (US$39 million) to UNESCO for the next two years under several different agreements.