Humanitarian Efforts

Photo: NorwayUN/Marte Fløan Beisvåg. .

An estimated 15 percent of the world’s population lives with some form of disability. When disaster strikes, disabled persons are often much more vulnerable to suffer and die than the able-bodied. A new UN survey reveals that the needs of people with disability are ignored and neglected by official planning processes in the majority of situations. October 13 is the International Day of Disaster... Read more

Photo: NorwayUN/Kjersti Mosli.

“As we speak, every single day, 5000 Syrians cross the border into neighboring countries”, Ambassador Pedersen said in a panel discussion on forced migration. The majority of these migrants are women and children. In 2012 72 million people were forced to leave their homes, according to the World Disasters Report 2012. Read more

Photo: NRC/Erik Poppe.

“I congratulate Elisabeth Rasmusson on getting this job. The World Food Programme saves lives. It brings food to people suffering from need, war and famine. We need more Norwegians who are willing to take on challenging international tasks,” Former International Development Minister Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås commented. Read more

UN Secretary-General appointed Norway's Susan Eckey as new Advisory Group Member for the United Nations humanitarian fund, CERF. Read more

Jan Egeland, Yoo Soon-taek and Ban Ki-moon. 
Photo: Norway UN Mission/Emma K Lydersen.

The 150th anniversary of the birth of the great Norwegian polar explorer, scientist and humanitarian, Fridtjof Nansen, was honored in New York with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as guest of honour and the former UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland as keynote speaker. Read more

On World Refugee Day 2011, Norway celebrates Fridtjof Nansen. As the world's first High Commissioner for Refugees, Nansen saved the lives of countless thousands through his humanitarian work after World War One. Read more

Photo: UN Photo/OCHA/David Ohana .

The recorded number of people displaced within their country due to conflict or violence rose to 27.5 million in 2010. Read more

HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway at the debate at the International Peace Institute in New York. 
Photo: Scan News /Cia Pak.

His Royal Highness The Crown Prince of Norway, took part in a discussion on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in crisis contexts. HRH Crown Prince Haakon was joined by UNDP's Administrator, Rt. Hon. Helen Clark and Greg Mortenson, author of "Three Cups of Tea" and founder of the Central Asia Institute. Read more

A camp for internally displaced people in Port-au-Prince. 
Photo: Norway Mission/Julie M. Jacobsen Takahashi.

Earlier this month a team from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs travelled to the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince to assess how Norway’s USD 100 pledge of support for Haiti could be put to good use. First Secretary Julie M. Jacobsen Takahashi, from the Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN, went with them. This is her personal account of the visit. Read more