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Norway's contributions to the UN organizations - 2012

Last updated: 10/7/2013 // The United Nations has always been important to Norway, something which is reflected in generous yearly contributions. See how the funding is distributed here.

Below is a review of Norwegian financial contributions to 25 UN or UN related organizations in 2012. All numbers are in million US dollar and indicate yearly contributions unless otherwise stated. The figures are delivered from Norad,The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. On Norad’s web pages you’ll find statistics of Norwegian donations to the UN, both old and new.


UN Development Program (UNDP)
About the cooperation:
The UNDP has a special position within the UN system as it links the central parts of the UN with UN activites at country level in the different attempts at creating development and reducing poverty.
Total contributions: USD 318,01 million  
Mandatory contribution: USD 132,280 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 185,721 million

UN Children's Fund (UNICEF)
About the cooperation:
Through its global advocacy role for children, UNICEF mobilizes political will and resources for improving children's foundation rights regarding e.g. health, clean water, education and protection.
Total contributions: USD 234,749 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 77,306 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 157,443 million

UN Population Fund (UNFPA)
About the cooperation:
The UNFPA's mandate matches Norwegian emphasis on human rights, equality as well as an integrated approach to combating HIV and AIDS and other diseases and health related issues.
Total contributions: USD 76,747 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 57,035 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 19,712 million

World Food Program (WFP)
About the cooperation:
The WFP's overall mandate is to fight hunger and provide food security. The Norwegian donations support flexible and short-term relief and food aid during and after crises and disasters.
Total contributions: USD 54,310 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 24,910 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 29,400 million

UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
About the cooperation: UNIFEM's promotion of women's interests and rights continues and is strengthened through the umbrella of the new UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN).
Total contributions: USD 25,723 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 14,602 million
Voluntary contributions:
USD 11,121 million


UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
About the cooperation: UNESCO's mandate includes achieving peace and security through cooperation in science, education, communication and culture, among which Norway puts emphasis on Education for All (EFA).
Total contributions: USD 10,534 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 0,776 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 9,758 million

Food Agriculture Organization (FAO)
About the cooperation: FAO works towards food security for all through agriculture, among it fishing and forestry. These are important issues for Norway, in part due to the critical role of forests in preventing climate change.
Total contributions: USD 16,223 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 2,271 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 13,952 million

International Labour Organization (ILO)
About the cooperation: The ILO gives regulations and guidelines for issues related to labour, and among them important Norwegian priorities such as preventing child labour and promoting gender equality.
Total contributions: USD 14,705 million
Mandatory contributions: USD 2,063 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 12,642 million

World Health Organization (WHO)
About the cooperation:
The WHO provides leadership, norms and coordinated authority in the health area, particularily for developing countries. Maternal health, child mortality and HIV/AIDS are among the priority areas.
Total contributions: USD 67,285 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 44,035 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 23,250 million

UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
About the cooperation: UNIDO supports developing and transition economies in increasing productive activity and offering trade assistance as means of combating poverty and environmental degradation, mainly in Africa.
Total contributions: USD 5,344 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 1,224 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 4,120 million


UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)
About the cooperation: UN HABITAT is concerned with the problems stemming from increased urbanization around the world, with the goal to make this development sustainable with regards to e.g. water and sanitation.
Total contributions: USD 15,930 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 13,572 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 2,358 million

UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
About the cooperation: UNEP promotes coordination and oversees implementation within the UN system on the environmental field. It should also come up with solutions about how to handle environmental challenges.
Total contributions: USD 22,317 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 17,179 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 5,138 million

UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN REDD)
About the cooperation: UN-REDD involves both UNDP, UNEP and FAO in working towards reducing deforestation and forest degradation and thereby combating climate change. Norway has put high priority on the programme.
Total contributions (2008-2009):
USD 52 million

UN Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UN AIDS)
About the cooperation: UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, is an innovative partnership that leads and inspires the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.
Total contributions: USD 28,998 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 28,946 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 0,052 million

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
About the cooperation: UNHCR offers assistance and protection to people who are refugees due to ethnic group, religion, political views or social group. One example of a task is to provide shelter for internally displaced people.
Total contributions:
USD 82,705 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 49,820 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 32,885 million

Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
About the cooperation: When disaster or conflict strikes and the international community, including the UN, comes to the rescue, OCHA's role is to make everything run effectively and smoothly at the national levels.
Total contributions:
USD 27,898 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 14,602 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 13,296 million

UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
About the cooperation: UNRWA's mandate is similar to UNHCR's with the exception that it works exclusively with helping the almost 5 million Palestinian refugees in Libanon, Syria, Jordan, Gaza and the West Bank.
Total contributions:
USD 31,436 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 25,769 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 5,667 million


Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI)
About the cooperation: GAVI's goal is to try and ensure the same access to vaccines for children in developing as in developed countries. This task includes among other thing to make use of innovative sources of financing.
Total contributions: USD 143,532 million
Mandatory contributions:
USD 143,532 million

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM)
About the cooperation: The Global Fund provides some of the financial backing needed to achieve the UN's Millennium Development Goal 6 about combating AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Total contributions: USD 77,736 million
Mandatory contribution:
USD 77,736 million


The World Bank (WB)
About the cooperation: The World Bank's mandate is to reduce poverty by ensuring sustainable economic growth in developing countries. The Bank is also engaged with other pressing issues, such as combating climate change.
Total contributions: USD 547,944 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 158,846 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 389,098 million

The Asian Development Bank (AsDB)
About the cooperation: AsDB provides grants and loans to vulnerable states in the Asian and Pacific regions, again with the aim to reducing and combating poverty. Other tasks are regional integration and preventing climate change.
Total contributions:
USD 21,861 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 12,619 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 9,242 million

The African Development Bank (AfDB)
About the cooperation: Antoher regional Bank, the AfDB promotes social and economic development in Africa through granting resources that improve e.g. good governance, infrastructure, education, and the private sectors.
Total contributions:
USD 131,964 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 91,704 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 40,260 million

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
About the cooperation: IFAD supports local communities to increase their incomes and food security through agriculture. Natural resources, like soil and water, and improved technology are among the focus areas.
Total contributions: USD 14,037 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 13,751 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 0,286 million

Global Environment Facility (GEF)
About the cooperation: GEF focuses exclusively on global environmental challenges, and particularly biodiversity, climate change, international water issues, land degredation, protecting the ozone layer and organic pollutants.
Total contributions: USD 24,623 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 18,267 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 6,356 million

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