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Norway has been among the largest humanitarian contributors to people affected by the Syria conflict.

The Syria conflict affects the Syrian people – and it affects the global community.

The Norwegian Government has taken the initiative to co-host the Supporting Syria and the Region conference, aiming to increase the efforts to ease the human suffering and find political solutions to issues at stake.

Norway has been amongst the largest humanitarian contributors to people affected by the Syria conflict, since it broke out over 5 years ago.

In 2016, the Norwegian Government will further increase its humanitarian funding, from the total contribution of approximately US$176 million in 2015 to Syria, Iraq and affected neighbouring countries.

Norway channels its funding through UN agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and non-governmental organisations. The support covers sectors such as education, health, food assistance, shelter, protection, sexual and gender based violence, water and sanitation, and other emergency response activities.

The Syria conflict has lasted for almost as long as it takes to complete primary school. 3 million Syrian children are out of school because of the war. It is of critical importance to prevent a lost generation. Education in emergencies, and education support to host communities, are important priorities for Norway. Norway will lead a side-event on education during the conference.

In addition to humanitarian support, Norway has also provided transport of chemical weapons out of Syria for destruction, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution 2118 and decisions by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Executive Council.

It is crucial to bring about a rapid end to the violence in Syria. Norway supports the efforts of the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, and other initiatives aiming to find political solutions.

For more information, see the MFA website.

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