DT 2 / 2008

Nordic UN bail-out: Swedes outspend France, Italy, Germany - combined

 
The Nordic countries have become huge donors in the UN System. Sweden is the third largest overall UN donor, while Norway is No 6 on the list. If the tied, in-kind US support to WFP is taken out of the equation, Norway and Sweden together become bigger donors to the UN than the United States.
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Norway’s traditional aid to be frozen to fund Bali rainforest pledge

 
The Norwegian Red-Green government put growth in traditional aid on hold to fund its prestigious multi-billion crown rainforest package, launched ahead of the UN climate conference in Bali last December. Opposition parties, including the Conservatives, want additional aid funds to cover the Bali promise.
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Danish government ‘spins’ NGO role to sell unpopular wars

 
Danish NGOs accuse the government of overselling the notion of a hand-in-glove relationship between the military and humanitarian organisations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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Swedish prosecutor eyes stock listed firms in oil-for-food investigation

 
The Swedish National Anti-Corruption Unit is in the final phase of investigating the involvement of Swedish companies in bribery related to the UN-financed oil-for-food scheme in Iraq. Christer van der Kwast, Chief Public Prosecutor, tells Development Today that efforts are being focused on “some larger companies".
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