Monthly Archives: April 2016

Denmark’s new Humanitarian aid to UNMAS

Sponsor_Ministry_UK of Denmark protected by Copyright  LAWThe Ministry of Foreign Affair of Denmark has allocated new aid to United Nation agency UNMAS to help Mine Action Response.  

This contribution reflects our strong and consistent support for the United Nations in its delivery and coordination of mine action. Mine action is a vital component of humanitarian response in conflict and post-conflict settings for protection of civilians and safe access for other humanitarian actors. We call upon others to follow our lead and increase support to mine action to  protect the civilians who are bearing the brunt of protracted armed conflict in many countries.” stated Kristian Jensen, Minister for Foreign Affairs. March 7, 2016 ©MFA Denmark/ UNMAS 

Denmark has announced a contribution of USD 4.4 million to the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action. This contribution will support the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) humanitarian mine action response   Continue to read the announced by the UNMAS
 
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Norwegian Leadership in Humanitarians Crisis

Norway is earmarking NOK 40 million for efforts  Norway MFA to help people with disabilities and to combat sexual violence in Humanitarian Crises. Announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. April 10, 2016 © MFA Norway

“Certain groups are more vulnerable than others in situations of war and conflict. Norway will intensify its efforts to prevent violence and injury, and to help those who are affected,” stated Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

In 2015 Norway contributed  NOK 649 million in Humanitarian Aid to the International Red Cross system.   Norway has simultaneously  a close cooperation with over 29 International organizations, that they receive most Norwegian support.  Fact sheets of 29 Multilateral organisations

Learn more about Norwegian Humanitarian efforts, by MFA

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Germany’s Chairmanship and the Future of OSCE

Germany’s OSCE Presidency 2016“The Future of the OSCE” was the focus of a two‑day conference hosted by the German 2016 OSCE Chairmanship in the Federal Foreign Office on 6 and 7 April in cooperation with the ZEIT‑Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius. The almost 60 participants from more than 25 OSCE participating States were welcomed in person by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

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The Netherlands Priority during its EU Presidency 2016

NL EU Presidency 20162016 © Minister President Mark Rutte

 Logo kleur hoge resolutie Protected by Copyright Law  Launch of new funds to strengthen SMEs during Innovative Enterprise Conference

At the “Innovative Enterprise Conference”  in The Hague, the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, the Netherlands and the European Investment Fund launched two new funds to strengthen Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the Netherlands.

The contribution of Norway in Western Balkans, an exclusive interview with Ambassador Vibeke Lilloe of Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Norway MFAAn exclusive interview with H.E. Ambassador Vibeke Lilloe of Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bosnia-Herzegovina

 

For highlighting the vital contribution of Royal Norwegian Diplomatic Mission, under the Leadership of H.E. Ambassador Vibeke Lilloe in Bosnia-Herzegovina, this interview is presented.

Ambassador Vibeke Lilloe of Norway 2016 (copy)

 

 

 

 

H.E. Ambassador Vibeke Lilloe of Norway ©The Royal Norwegian Embassy in BiH

Q-Norway is one of the European countries that has a strong bilateral relation with BiH, since the mid-1990s.  And Norway is among the biggest bilateral donors to BiH. Please give us an overview of the Norway’s contribution during recent years.

Ambassador Vibeke Lilloe: Norway has been active in BiH since the war, first with humanitarian aid and reconstruction.  We have been among BiHs major cooperation partners.  Since around 2000 focus has been on contributing to building a well-functioning democracy, based on the rule of law.  When that is said, our main sectors for cooperation with BiH are the justice sector, the security sector, economic development and support to strengthening civil society – especially its watch dog capacity and advocacy ability.  Important is of course inter-ethnic dialogue and reconciliation.  Norway is a staunch defender of human rights for all – and we cooperate with women’s and minority organizations, such as in the LGBT community.

Norway fully supports BiH’s Euro-atlantic integration processes and see membership in EU and NATO as the best way ahead for BiH.   

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The United States Leadership in NATO

US world affairs In an official visit to the United States, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with President  Obama. He met also with Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security advisor Susan Rice.  

The meeting covers discussion on range of Security issues  that are posing challenges to the U.S and Europe in the same way. The Secretary General express his gratitude to President Obama for his Leadership and the United States crucial contribution through the European Reassurance Initiative.

Bilateral meeting between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and US President Barack Obama at the White HousePresident Obama and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during the meeting at the White House. Washington DC April 4, 2016© NATO

 “NATO is as important as ever, because NATO has been able to adapt to a more dangerous World.”  emphasized Secretary General Stoltenberg 

The Secretary General visited, on his second day, Fort Bragg in North Carolina and met with the U.S Service Personnel. During this visit he was briefed on the U.S Global Response Force which works in deployment with NATO’s High-Readiness Spearhead Force under European Allies Command.

     Secretary General Stoltenberg visited Fort Bragg in North Carolina April 5 2016NATO Secretary General visiting Fort Bragg North Carolina April 5, 2016© NATO

The Secretary General thanked the U.S Armed-Forces for their outstanding Service and contribution to NATO.

Related documents: European Reassurance Initiative and Other U.S. Efforts in Support of NATO Allies and Partners

EUCOM announces European Reassurance Initiative implementation plan, by US European Command

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The U.S and Norway in a closer Partnership

The United States and Norway signed a Memorandum on Nuclear non-proliferation cooperation and Nuclear Security. The occasion was during the week of  The Nuclear Security Summit 2016 in the U.S

Norway and U.S. Sign MoU on Nonproliferation Assistance March 2016The Norway’s Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Kare R. Aas, and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Countryman. Washington DC March 31, 2106 © The Royal Norwegian Embassy in the U.S  

“Norway and the U.S have a long history of cooperating on Nuclear non-proliferation. The Memorandum of Understanding we have now signed in the margins of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC will in practice strengthen ongoing Norwegian efforts to assist Ukraine in securing its radioactive material and preventing it from falling into the wrong hands,” elaborated Prime Minister Erna Solberg. April 1, 2016 © MFA of Norway

The Announcement by the U.S Department of State March 31, 2016:  The United States and Norway Sign a Memorandum of Understanding to Support Cooperation on Nuclear Material Security and Counter Nuclear Smuggling.

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The Nuclear Security Summit 2016 in the USA

US world affairsThe United States hosted the Fourth Nuclear Security Summit  in Washington, D.C, on March 31  and April 1, 2016.

Official documents:  The Progress Report – 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, by the White House

The United States and the European Commission share a commitment to minimizing the use of highly enriched uranium (HEU) in civilian applications.

The 2016 Action Plans                                                   

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The UK’s Leadership in the fight against ISIL

 FCO logo Copyright Protected by LawOn March 31, during an official visit to Lebanon Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond allocated from the United Kingdom  £20 million aid to the Lebanese  Armed Forces.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond 2016 UKGov March 31, 2016 ©UK Foreign Office

Announced by the Foreign office the fund is to  help Lebanon to protect itself against terrorism, including the threat from Daesh.

Additional references: the United Kingdom and Lebanon

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The United Kingdom’s Leadership in Syrian crisis -3

Since years ago, the United Kingdom has been the largest Humanitarian aid donors to Refugee crisis in Syria, only second  to the United States.

Just recently in February 2016 Prime Minister David Cameron, announced that UK to invest and aid an extra £1.2 billion supporting Syria and the region 

The amount will help the people in Syria and the region for Education, creating Jobs and Humanitarian Protection.

Also the UK has been the largest Humanitarian aid donors to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), ranking the First.

Related official References: Supporting Syria 2016, by UK Foreign Office

Supporting Syrian and the Region, London 2016

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