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Norway's contributions to the UN organizations - 2014

Last updated: 6/5/2015 // 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 2014.

All numbers are in million US dollar. They 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 265,410 million  
Mandatory contribution: USD 157,506 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 157,506 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 198,113 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 71,407 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 126,706 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 127,671 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 68,392 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 59,279 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 68,869 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 23,009 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 45,861 million

UN Women
About the cooperation:
 UN Women is the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Total contributions: USD 27,777 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 15,075 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 12,702 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.
Total contributions: USD 14,070 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 0,749 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 13,322 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 33,020 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 2,231 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 30,789 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 18,457 million
Mandatory contributions: USD 2,109 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 16,349 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 56,570 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 38,507 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 18,063 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 4,375 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 1,204 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 3,171 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 8,099 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 1,587 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 6,512 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 27,843 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 15,868 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 11,975 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 27,928 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 27,769 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 0,159 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 66,186 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 47,605 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 18,581 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 21,984 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 11,108 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 10,876 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 34,264 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 23,802 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 10,462 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 15,927 million
Mandatory contribution: USD 14,281 million
Voluntary contributions: USD 1,646 million

Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)
About the cooperation:
The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is one of the fastest and most effective ways to support rapid humanitarian response for people affected by natural disasters and armed conflict.
Total contributions: USD 55,567 million

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