Donor conference in Oslo for Nigeria and Lake Chad region on 24 February

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

Boslash;rge Brende.

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

areas.

'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.