|The Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations, Ambassador Johan L. Løvald, and UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Hilde Frafjord Johnson sign a new programme cooperation agreement at UNICEF House on 11 October 2007.|
NEW YORK, USA, 26 October 2007 – UNICEF and the Government of Norway recently signed a new programme cooperation agreement providing for a contribution of 535 million kroner (approximately $100 million) toward UNICEF’s work in a wide range of areas, with a major focus on basic education and gender equality.
The Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations, Ambassador Johan L. Løvald, and UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Hilde Frafjord Johnson signed the agreement at UNICEF House in New York on 11 October. Ms. Johnson is also a Norwegian national.
The agreement affirms Norway’s support for UNICEF programmes in the areas of education and gender equality; safe water and sanitation; child protection; and policy and advocacy. It also provides funding for the Innocenti Research Centre, which is a principal UNICEF research arm based in Florence, Italy.
Help with achieving development goals
According to the agreement, the majority of the funding – more than $81 million – “will be used in support of UNICEF’s efforts to achieve to achieve Millennium Development Goal 2, to achieve primary education for all boys and girls by 2015 and in support of Millennium Development Goal 3, to promote gender equality and empower women by eliminating gender disparity in primary and secondary education at all levels by 2015.”
The Norwegian Government is one of UNICEF’s biggest supporters.