14 May 2018 - Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg announced today that Norway will provide some 4.4 million US dollars (35 million Norwegian kroner) to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to fight cybercrime.
The increased support was announced at a meeting with UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov on the margins of the 27th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice addressed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the Prime Minister.
"Norway has been a contributor to UNODC's Global Programme on Cybercrime from its early days. We want to increase existing capacities and expand our understanding of the threats we are facing in the digital sphere. The agreement will strengthen efforts to combat cybercrime around the world, including online trafficking of weapons and drugs, and the abuse of children in cyberspace," said Prime Minister Solberg.
Mr. Fedotov said: "Cybercrime represents a major challenge to global peace and security, human rights and development, and I welcome Norway's commitment to international cooperation and assistance to tackle this growing threat and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals."
"This vital support from Norway will enable UNODC to step up our assistance to prevent and counter cybercrime in the countries and regions that need it most, and help ensure that advanced technologies and the internet can be instruments for peace and prosperity."
Norway's support to the UNODC Global Programme on Cybercrime will focus on developing countries, in particular in West Africa, the Middle East and North Africa as well as South East Asia, to build capacities to investigate, prosecute, convict and prevent cyber-dependent and cyber-enabled crime.