Humanitarian conference in Oslo

10.7 million people need humanitarian aid in the Lake Chad region, which includes Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad. Norway is co-hosting the Oslo Humanitarian Conference today, 24th February, together with Germany, Nigeria and the UN.

Most of the crisis-affected area is in north-eastern Nigeria. The UN, the Red Cross and other humanitarian organisations have launched major emergency appeals, and there is an urgent need for increased humanitarian assistance in the affected areas.

Speakers at the opening session will include the Norwegian, German and Nigerian foreign ministers, and Mr Stephen O’Brien, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Ministers from the countries of the region, representatives of UN agencies and civil society representatives have also been invited.

A separate civil society meeting will take place today, where representatives from NGOs will produce recommendations for tomorrow’s conference.

The conference will be live streamed on the Norwegian government website

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