Visit of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to Norway – UNHCR Northern Europe
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, visited Oslo, Norway on March 8, 2022.
During the High Commissioner’s visit, he met Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, Minister of Justice and Public Security Emilie Enger Mehl and Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt. He also had an exchange with the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Norwegian Parliament Stortinget.
The High Commissioner also participated in a round table organized by the Oslo Peace Research Institute on the theme of “How can we best respond to refugee crises”.Here he spoke with Secretary General Jan Egeland of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Gunn Jorid Roset of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maja Janmyr of the University of Oslo and young resettled refugee Olivier Makuta from Congo, who is the co-founder of a startup called VipiCash.
As the visit took place at a time when the number of people fleeing Ukraine exceeded 2 million, the situation in Ukraine and neighboring countries was in focus – and coming directly from the border areas of neighboring countries to Ukraine , the High Commissioner was able to share first-hand information about what he had seen on the ground.
Norway is among UNHCR’s largest donors – and Norway’s high level of flexible, unearmarked funding enables UNHCR to respond to both acute emergencies and protracted, underfunded crises around the world.
During the mission, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced an additional contribution to UNHCR for the displacement situation in countries neighboring Ukraine.