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2016-06-13 Norway will host the sixth World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Oslo 21-23 June 2016. The Congress will attract 1300 participants from over 80 countries, including ministers, parliamentarians, academics, lawyers, and members of civil society. Read more

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2016-06-13 The Canadian Prime Minister has today announced that there is reason to believe that the Canadian hostage in the Philippines, Robert Hall, has been killed by the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf. ‘I condemn in the strongest terms the brutal killing of Canadian citizen Robert Hall. If these reports are true, abhorrence and outrage is the only reasonable response,’ said Minister of Foreign... Read more

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2016-05-21 Norway will provide NOK 208 million in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan in 2016, twice as much as in 2015. ‘There are still urgent humanitarian needs that are not being met. Eight million Afghans need protection and emergency assistance. Every single day so far this year almost a thousand people have had to flee their homes,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, who is... Read more

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2015-05-19 Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende was taking part in the launch of the Nordic Microfinance Initiative (NMI) yesterday. Read more

The signing of the agreement by NORLA’s Director Margit Walsø and Frankfurt Book Fair’s Director Juergen Boo. 
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2016-05-12 ‘The arts are a key element of the global exchange of ideas and opinions, and it is important for Norway to make its voice heard here. This is one of the Government’s priorities, and we are therefore delighted that Norway has been chosen as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2019,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

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2016-04-27 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is today signing a three-year agreement with Save the Children on education in situations of crisis and conflict. 'Support for education in crises and conflicts is more important than ever. In addition to signing this agreement, we are also giving NOK 63 million to Save the Children's education efforts in Syria and Iraq,' said Minister of Foreign Affai... Read more


2016-04-15 ‘The Crop Wild Relatives project is playing an important part in implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change and promoting achievement of the new sustainable development goals, particularly Goal 2 on food security and nutrition,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, when he signed an agreement on 14 April pledging Norwegian support to the last phase of the 10-year... Read more

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2016-04-14 ‘Syria’s neighbouring countries are shouldering a heavy burden and are facing major challenges. Norway will therefore contribute USD 10 million to a new financing initiative for Lebanon and Jordan,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

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2016-04-11 Norway is earmarking NOK 40 million for efforts to help people with disabilities and to combat sexual violence in humanitarian crises. ‘Certain groups are more vulnerable than others in situations of war and conflict. Norway will intensify its efforts to prevent violence and injury, and to help those who are affected,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more


2016-03-31 The new Government in Myanmar was inaugurated on 30 March. U Htin Kyaw is the new President, while Aung San Suu Kyi was sworn in as the country’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of the President’s Office, Minister of Electric Power and Energy, and Minister of Education. ‘This is a historic day for Myanmar. It is very positive that the country has elected its first civilian... Read more

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2016-03-03 Norway has entered into a new partnership agreement with the World Food Programme (WFP) on core funding of NOK 237 million a year from 2016 to 2019. 'Sufficient core funding is crucial if WFP is to be able to respond quickly to crises. This agreement ensures predictable and flexible funding that can also be used for forgotten crises and to help people in need of food in the most... Read more

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2016-02-04 ‘The crisis in Syria is having unspeakable consequences for millions of people in Syria and its neighbouring countries. The best way we can help is by providing direct assistance in Syria and the region. For this reason, Norway is now increasing its aid to Syria and the region to NOK 2.4 billion for 2016. We intend to maintain this high level of assistance and will provide a total of... Read more

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2016-02-01 ‘The World Health Organization needs NOK 23 million in immediate contributions for its efforts to fight the Zika virus. When I met Director-General Chan yesterday, I promised that Norway will quickly provide NOK 10 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

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2016-01-22 'Improving health services and access to medicines and medical equipment has proved to be an effective way of reducing mortality among women and children. But mortality rates in these groups are still too high in many developing countries. Read more

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2016-01-15 State Secretary Tone Skogen attended the opening ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Beijing on January 16. Read more

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2015-12-29 ‘2015 has been a dramatic year. Now, as the year draws to a close, we want the remainder of our humanitarian funding to be used in some of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises, including the refugee crisis in Syria and the neighbouring countries,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

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2015-12-17 Norway will be providing NOK 380 million to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for 2016. This will be announced at a donor conference in the UN on 17 December, when the Fund celebrates its 10th anniversary. Read more

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2015-12-16 ‘If we are to meet the new sustainable development goals for education and health, we need innovative solutions. Today the Government is announcing the first round of a competition in which we are asking for ideas for innovation projects that can help to reduce poverty globally,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

2015-12-01 ‘It is essential to increase climate finance for poor countries in order to reach agreement in Paris and so that the new agreement can be implemented effectively,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Read more

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2015-11-14 ‘Paris has again been hit by horrifying terrorist attacks. My thoughts are with the victims, their families and the whole nation,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more