Norwegian People's Aid warmly welcomes the Norwegian-US demining initiative, announced in Olso today, by Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende and US Secretary of State John Kerry.
'By taking a joint lead and making a joint commitment to intensify our efforts in this area, we are giving an important boost to this vital work,' said Mr Brende.
Norway is increasing its allocation for mine clearance efforts by NOK 81 million this year and will allocate a further NOK 125 million next year. The US is increasing its contribution by NOK 89 million this year, and will allocate an additional NOK 66 million next year.
Also see the US media release on the initiative: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2016/06/258498.htm
Yesterday, Norwegian People's Aid Vietnam held a small ceremony to mark the closure of the Development Programme in the country. Kathrine Raadim, Director of the International Programme Department, held a speech highlighting some of the amazing achievements of our partner organisations in the past 5 years:
"So, the story we will tell of these 5 years will not be the story of NPA in Vietnam, it will be the story of our partners in Vietnam, the story of SPERI, of iSEE, of CODE, of Pan Nature, of CID.
It will not be the story of the NPA achievements, it will be the stories of the results that our partners have achieved sometimes even with very small contributions from NPA.
It will be the story of the 2237 hectares of forestry land that has been re-allocated with the support of SPERI to indigenous communities in the highlands
It will be the story of the change of the Marriage and Family Law removing the ban on same-sex marriage after intense lobby of the LGBT movement supported by iSEE
It will be the story of the work done by CODE, Pan Nature and CDI to keep the Government accountable to the promise of a transparent and environmental friendly extractive industry.
It will be the story of a civil society movement growing in competence, strength and credibility to become a solid partner of the Government at different levels: from the districts of Lao Cai to the Committees of the National Assembly."