The UN is likely to support a Norwegian Coronavirus fund

Dag-Inge UlsteinMinister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein (Christian Democratic Party).Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB scanpix

Norway has proposed a new multi-donor fund in the UN to help developing countries tackle the Coronavirus pandemic. The UN would probably support the idea.

The proposal was well received at the UN and could be launched in a short time, the Foreign Ministry wrote in a press release. The proposal is based on a similar fund created during the Ebola epidemic in 2014 and it was a great success.

The Coronavirus pandemic is expected to have serious consequences in the most vulnerable countries, which do not have the infrastructure to deal with the virus.

“A multi-donor fund under the auspices of the UN will provide predictability for our partners and contribute to more effective efforts,” said Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide (H).

“In global crises like this, international cooperation is absolutely necessary. We are concerned about how the virus will affect developing countries that are already struggling with weak healthcare systems,“ said Development Minister Dag-Inge Ulstein (KrF).

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