Press releases from Norwegian government

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2017-03-24 ‘The Government is stepping up its efforts to promote Norway’s ocean interests. We intend to make sustainable use of the oceans a global priority,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. This is the first time a Norwegian government has presented a white paper on the place of the oceans in foreign and development policy. Read more

2017-03-20' Norway has today launched a new development tool that makes it possible for children to learn to read in areas where schools have been bombed and teachers and families have been forced to flee. With the help of some of the world’s tech giants, Norway has developed two game-based learning apps that can be used anywhere. Read more

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2017-02-18 ‘Norway plays a leading role in the work to promote global health, and is one of the largest donors to gender equality and women’s health efforts. The Government is increasing its support for family planning and safe abortion by NOK 85 million compared with 2016. We will continue to be a driving force for women’s health internationally. At a time when this agenda has come under... Read more

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2017-01-23 'We are taking over the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers at a time when the world is rapidly changing. Strategic Nordic cooperation is essential, and benefits all the Nordic countries,' said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs and Minister for Nordic Cooperation Frank Bakke-Jensen, who launched Norway's Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers today. Read more

2016-12-20 ‘Norway will play an active and constructive role in the UN Peacebuilding Commission. We will use our experience in the areas of conflict prevention, mediation and peacebuilding to strengthen the UN’s work to promote peace and development,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

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2016-12-29 Norway has substantially increased its assistance for the Syrian crisis in 2016. ‘The war in Syria is affecting millions of people and has ramifications for the whole world. Norway has been at the forefront of efforts to mobilise more international aid, and we have provided NOK 2.7 billion ourselves this year. This funding is helping to save lives and provide schooling for children a... Read more

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2016-12-23 The World Bank is stepping up its fight against poverty. From July 2017 to June 2020, Norway will provide NOK 2.7 billion to the World Bank’s Fund for the Poorest, the International Development Association (IDA). Read more

2016-12-19 ‘I am pleased that we can announce the full normalisation of our political and diplomatic relations with China here in Beijing today. This joint statement opens up many opportunities for cooperation. We have already agreed to immediately resume negotiations on a free trade agreement,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

2016-12-01 ‘It is very positive that the peace agreement in Colombia has now been finally approved by the Colombian Congress. This means that it can enter into force, and that the important work to implement what the parties have agreed on can begin. It is vital that all those who want to see an end to the long conflict actively support the agreement,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge... Read more

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2016-11-15 ‘Six million children in Syria are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Norway is again increasing its education efforts for children and youth, as well as support to pregnant and other women affected by the conflict,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

2016-11-13 The Colombian government and the guerrilla group FARC-EP announced this evening in Havana that they have reached a new peace accord. Read more

2016-11-03 Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Jordan, Mexico, New Zealand and Norway met Secretary-General-Designate Mr. António Guterres and his transition team in New York, 3 November. Read more

2016-10-28 ‘I welcome the decision to establish a marine protected area in the Ross Sea in Antarctica. This is an important milestone in the international management of the Southern Ocean and in the conservation of marine resources,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

2016-10-28 ‘I am pleased that Norway’s resolution on enhancing nuclear disarmament verification has received the solid backing of 177 UN countries. Being able to establish that disarmament is actually taking place is crucial for ensuring confidence in international disarmament agreements, and it is essential for achieving further disarmament,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende played host when ministers from 25 countries and the Director-General of the WTO gathered in Oslo for informal talks on Friday and Saturday. International trade, preparations for the WTO's next ministerial conference in Argentina in December 2017 and the continuing work in the organization were among the topics discussed. Read more

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2016-10-06 In the budget proposal for 2017, the Government proposes an increase in funding for High North-related efforts from NOK 2.7 billion in 2016 to NOK 3.4 billion in 2017. Read more

2016-10-05 ‘Norway is a long-term partner for Afghanistan. We intend to maintain our current level of aid to the country, approximately NOK 700 million a year, in the period 2017 to 2020,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Mr Brende announced Norway’s contribution at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan today. Read more

2016-09-17 ‘Since 2002, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has saved more than 20 million lives. Norway has been a key supporter of the Global Fund from the outset. We are now increasing Norway’s contribution, and will provide NOK 2 billion in support for the period 2017-2019,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

2016-09-02 'Gender equality and women's rights are key to promoting development. A new era requires new answers, and we are now modernising our approach to these issues. I am therefore pleased to present a new ambitious Action Plan for Women's Rights and Gender Equality in Foreign and Development Policy,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

2016-08-22 ‘The Philippine government and the Communist movement NDFP are coming to Oslo to resume formal peace negotiations in a conflict which has been running for 47 years. We are very committed to offering our support in this process,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more