Press releases from Norwegian government

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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

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2015-11-16 The Norwegian Government has taken the initiative to convene an international donor conference for Syria, which will be held in London in early February. Norway, the UK, Germany, Kuwait and the UN are the joint hosts. Read more

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2015-10-07 The Government is earmarking NOK 100 million for two new aid programmes targeting global security threats. Read more

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2015-10-07 ‘The Arctic is Norway’s most important foreign policy priority. The Government will continue to give high priority to Norway’s efforts in the Arctic in 2016,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

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2015-10-07 ‘The Government is proposing the largest humanitarian budget ever. Acute, large-scale crises in the Middle East and Africa make this concerted effort necessary. Norway’s humanitarian budget is being increased by one billion kroner in 2016,’ Foreign Minister Børge Brende said. Read more

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2015-10-07 ‘The Government is continuing to intensify its education efforts in countries affected by poverty, conflict and crises. We have therefore proposed an increase in aid for education of NOK 500 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

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2015-08-19 ‘World Humanitarian Day is an important reminder that we are living in dramatic times. The world is experiencing large-scale humanitarian crises, and 60 million people have been forced to flee from their homes. Today, I am pleased to announce that Norway will provide a further NOK 50 million for Yemen and a number of forgotten crises,’ Foreign Minister Børge Brende said. Read more

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2015-08-05 ‘Norway has today been invited to enter into formal partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. I welcome this partnership, which will give us access to important political arenas and enhance the opportunities for Norwegian companies in Southeast Asian markets,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende on August 5th. Read more

Ebola vaccine trials in Guinea. 
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2015-07-31 The preliminary results of a Norwegian-led study in Guinea indicate that the first effective Ebola vaccine may have been successfully developed. Read more

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2015-07-01 Leaders from all over the world will meet in Oslo on 6–7 July to garner support for a joint effort to promote education in countries affected by conflict, crisis and poverty. Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende will open the Oslo Summit on Education for Development, together with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mala... Read more


2015-06-30 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is to visit Norway on 6–8 July. During his time in the country, he will meet Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, he will take part in the Oslo Summit on Education for Development, and he will visit Svalbard. Read more


2015-06-19 ‘Access to good, steady jobs and living wages is one of the main drivers of poverty reduction. The Government has today presented a white paper that sets out how Norwegian development assistance will be used to encourage private investments and promote job creation and poverty reduction,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more


2015-06-12 ‘Norway has a long history of engagement in the Antarctic. International interest in the region is growing, with more actors becoming involved and a wider range of activities being carried out. As a claimant state and one of the 12 original parties to the Antarctic Treaty, Norway has an important role to play in the Antarctic,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

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2015-05-26 Around 200 young people and representatives of governments and local authorities from throughout Europe will be gathering in Oslo on 4–5 June to come up with strategies that can help stem the tide of violent extremism. Read more

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2015-5-20 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is hosting an international conference in Oslo from 28 to 29 May entitled ‘Protecting Education from Attack’. Foreign Minister Børge Brende will open the conference, and states represented at the conference will be encouraged to endorse a Safe Schools Declaration. Read more

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2015-04-19 Norway is hosting a global summit on education for development on 6–7 July. The aim of the summit is to boost global efforts in the field of education, with a view to reaching the UN’s new set of development goals. Read more


2015-04-17 ‘Norway will provide support to developing countries that are seeking to reduce subsidies for coal and other fossil fuels. Cutting fossil fuel subsidies will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and will free up more funding for sustainable development efforts. Norway is providing NOK 100 million for fossil-fuel subsidy reform,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

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Norway has submitted its 2030 climate target of at least 40% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared to 1990 levels, to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Read more

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Norway has confirmed its intention to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as a prospective founding member. ‘Norway is a substantial contributor to global development efforts, and wishes to join countries from Asia and other parts of the world in further refining the structure and mission of the AIIB,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende. Read more

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Norway is providing USD 20 million (NOK 150 million) in emergency aid to the civilian population in South Sudan. ‘Nearly 6.5 million South Sudanese have been affected by the humanitarian crisis that has resulted from the violent political power struggle in South Sudan. Norway wants to support the civilians who are now suffering. At the same time, we will continue to urge the country’s leaders t... Read more