Press releases from Norwegian government

2014 Nobel Peace Prize recipients Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai. 
Photo: (Kailash Satyarthi) Senado Federal. (Flickr)/(Malala Yousafzai) Prime Minister’s Office (Flickr).

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 has been awarded the Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi and the Pakistani children’s education activist Malala Yousafzai. Read more

HM King Harald . 
Photo: Cathrine Wessel, The Royal Court.

Condolences from His Majesty King Harald of Norway to the President of China, His Excellency Mr Xi Jinping after the earthquake in the Yunnan province. Read more

Photo: M.B. Haga, Utenriksdepartementet.

‘The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa is cause for great concern. A concerted effort at both local and international level is needed to control the outbreak and prevent further spread of the disease,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

Photo: Frode Overland Andersen/ UD.

‘The dramatic escalation of the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians is having completely unacceptable consequences for civilians. In my talks with Foreign Minister Lieberman and President Abbas, I have urged all parties to stop the attacks and resume efforts to bring about a political solution,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

Minister of Climate and Environment,Tine Sundtoft. 
Photo: Utenriksdept/ Flickr.

The Government will work at the international level to promote the removal of subsidies on fuels that are harmful to the environment, exacerbate climate change and undermine sustainable development. Read more

Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs. 
Photo: Utenriksdept.

‘We are very pleased that the process of transporting chemical weapons out of Syria has now been completed. The last consignment of chemicals was shipped out of Syria today. This means that the international community, working together, has managed to remove Syria’s declared chemical weapons in a peaceful manner. This is in line with the UN Security Council resolution on Syria’s chemical weapon... Read more

south sudan. 
Photo: MFA.

Norway is to host a pledging conference for South Sudan in Oslo on Tuesday 20 May. Read more

Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende in South Sudan. 
Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“South Sudan is experiencing a humanitarian crisis as a result of the armed conflict in the country. We cannot simply stand by and watch this happen. In response to a request from the UN, Norway will hold a conference in Oslo in May to mobilise resources for alleviating this serious crisis,” says Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. 
Photo: Utenriksdepartementet.

“Norway condemns Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which is in violation of international law. The use of military force by Russia to redraw national boundaries is unacceptable,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

Photo: The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Norway is providing NOK 460 million in response to the UN appeal for emergency relief for Syria. The money will be used to help victims of the conflict in both Syria and its neighbouring countries. Funding has also been set aside for projects to increase the neighbouring countries’ capacity to deal with the large number of Syrian refugees,” said Foreign Minister Børge Brende. Read more

Naval frigate KNM «Helge Ingstad» is part of the mission . 
Photo: Eskil Sivertsen.

OPCW and the UN confirm that the first load of components for chemical weapons left the port of Latakia on January 7. The process of transporting Syria’s chemical weapons out of the country for destruction has begun. Read more

Photo: The Global Fund.

The Norwegian Government is set to make a substantial increase in funding for international efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Despite good progress, many million people throughout the world are infected with these diseases every year. Read more

Photo: OCHA.

Norway is increasing its humanitarian assistance to the Philippines by an additional NOK 20 million. Combined with the funding Norway has provided through the UN Central Emergency Response Fund, Norway’s total contribution so far will amount to NOK 65 million. Read more

Foreign Minister Børge Brende.  
Photo: Credit: Thomas Haugersveen / Office of the Prime Minister  .

In Havana today the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC-EP, announced that they have reached an agreement on political participation. The agreement is to ensure broad participation in the political process. Read more

Photo: MFA.

UN weapons inspectors were today shot at while attempting to verify the claims that chemical weapons have been used on the outskirts of Damascus. Read more

Photo: Utenriksdepartementet.

In Brunei today, Norway acceded to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) in a ceremony attended by Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide and the ten ASEAN foreign ministers. Read more

Photo: Peder Torp Mathisen / Forsvarets Mediesenter .

On June 14, 2013, 100 years after Norway introduced full voting rights for women, the Norwegian Parliament voted to adopt conscription for women as well as men. Read more

Photo: Trond Viken, Utenriksdepartementet.

The Government intends to ratify the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (Nuclear Terrorism Convention). One of the main purposes of the Convention is to prevent terrorist groups from gaining access to nuclear weapons and other nuclear material. Read more

Photo: Harald Valderhaug/Innovation Norway.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has presented its views on the Norwegian economy and Norwegian economic policy, and concludes that the Norwegian economy continues to perform well. Read more

Photo: Lars Åke Andersen.

The Research Council of Norway has decided to establish the new research and knowledge centre for petroleum activities in the northern areas and the Arctic in Tromsø. Read more