Norway, together with Nigeria and Germany, will host an international donor conference in
Oslo on 24 February. 'A major humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Nigeria and the Lake
Chad region. This crisis has been largely overlooked. We are therefore seeking to
mobilise greater international involvement and increased funding for humanitarian efforts
to prevent the situation from deteriorating further,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs
Over 10.7 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in the
Lake Chad region, which borders Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad. Almost a quarter of
these people have been forced to flee their homes as a result of conflict or food
shortages. Most of the crisis-affected area is in north-eastern Nigeria, where Boko
Haram's campaign of terror combined with a period of economic decline have led to great
hardship and suffering. The UN, the Red Cross and other humanitarian organisations have
launched major emergency appeals, and there is an urgent need to get aid to the affected
'We must bring an end to this crisis, and reverse the downward spiral we are
seeing in the region. The conference has three aims: to raise awareness about the crisis,
to gain more support for humanitarian efforts, and to secure greater political commitment
to improve the situation,' said Mr Brende.
In addition to focusing on emergency relief efforts, the Oslo conference will
have three priority areas: food security; humanitarian protection and access to aid; and
education in situations of crisis and conflict.
Norway is organising the conference jointly with Nigeria and Germany, and in
close cooperation with the UN. Foreign ministers from the region, representatives of the
African Union and the EU, representatives of donor countries, and the heads of UN
organisations have all been invited.
The day before the conference, there will be a meeting for civil society, which
will bring together representatives of local organisations in the four affected
countries, and Norwegian and international aid organisations. The recommendations from
this meeting will be presented at the donor conference.
Source: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.