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News / December / 2017

How Norway crippled Nobel laureate ICAN by cutting vital funding

 
On Sunday the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) receives the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. It is a slap in the face for Norway’s Blue-Blue government which brought the organisation to its knees two years ago by cutting all its funds. Norwegian aid accounted for almost 90 per cent of ICAN’s budget.
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Guyana climate deal stalled: 6th year with no payments

 
For the sixth year in a row, Norwegian aid-financed climate forest payments to the Guyana government have been stalled. 
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OECD urges Finland to restore it ‘flagging’ development aid

 
Massive cuts have pushed Finnish aid to its lowest level in a decade, reports the OECD peer review of Finland. The Paris-based aid watchdog calls on the Finnish government to produce a roadmap for restoring support to the poorest countries and raising aid to 0.7 per cent of GNI.
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Aid cuts targeted process leading to UN ban on nuclear weapons, activists say

 
Actors working on disarmament are not buying the Norwegian government’s claim that it stopped funding of anti-nuclear organisations because such support could not be reported as aid.
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Norway’s push to count disarmament activities as aid blocked at the OECD

 
Despite several years of diplomatic efforts, Norway has failed to convince the OECD to allow disarmament efforts to be reported as Official Development Assistance (ODA). Norway has nevertheless spent hundreds of millions of aid crowns to fund its Humanitarian Initiative on Nuclear Weapons, in violation of repeated rulings from the OECD.
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Gavi applauds MSF’s effort to break Pfizer vaccine monopoly in India

 
Anuradha Gupta, Deputy CEO of the vaccine alliance Gavi, says Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s legal challenge of a Pfizer patent in India could, if successful, contribute to making the pharmaceutical market more “healthy.” Revoking the patent would break Pfizer’s monopoly on pneumonia vaccine, opening the way for cheaper generic copies to enter the market.
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OECD refused to approve Norway’s bid to use aid to finance uranium transport to Iran

 
The OECD has rejected a Norwegian bid to have NOK 54 million in funding for the transport of natural uranium from Kazakhstan to Iran approved as Official Development Assistance (ODA). The project was connected to the international agreement to downsize Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium. 
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Two Danish NGOs merge. Huge new child sponsorship actor targets public funds

 
Two Danish branches of international NGO alliances, Plan Denmark and BØRNEfonden - Children and Youth Foundation, have merged to form the largest privately-funded development NGO in Denmark. Though both currently draw most of their income from child sponsors, they are looking to expand support from government donors.
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