Press releases from Norwegian government

Photo: V. Salvesen, MFA, Oslo.

In Havana today the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC-EP announced the most important breakthrough in the peace negotiations since formal talks were launched in Oslo last year. Read more

Photo: Trond Viken, Utenriksdepartementet.

The Government is to provide NOK 26 million for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Read more

Photo: Utenriksdepartementet.

Norway and Tanzania have signed an agreement under which Norway will provide NOK 700 million to Tanzania over a four-year period. This funding will be channelled to a rural energy fund in Tanzania that will give people in rural areas access to electricity. Read more

Photo: Kristian Løksa/ Statkraft.

On 9 April Norway is hosting an international High-Level Meeting on Energy and the post-2015 Development Agenda. The meeting will be opened by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon and will be facilitated by ministers from the three countries organising the meeting, Norway, Mexico and Tanzania. Read more

Photo: Utenriksdepartementet.

“Norway condemns the nuclear test carried out by North Korea in the strongest possible terms. We are concerned about the implications this may have for regional security in Asia,” said Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide. Read more

Photo: Torbjørn Kjosvold/Forsvarets mediesenter.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Afghan President Hamid Karzai today signed an agreement on strategic partnership between Norway and Afghanistan. In the agreement, Afghanistan makes a commitment to good governance and combating corruption in exchange for continued Norwegian assistance. Read more

Photo: Per Thrana/SMK.

The situation for the people in Syria and for Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries continues to deteriorate. At a donor conference in Kuwait yesterday, Norway committed itself to an additional contribution of NOK 210 million for humanitarian assistance to Syria. Read more

Photo: Trond Viken/ MFA Norway.

Norway has decided to cancel the whole of Myanmar’s debt to Norway. The total amount is NOK 3.2 billion. Read more

“Growing activity in the High North, both on land and at sea, has led to a need for enhanced search and rescue measures at the local level. Strengthening search and rescue is therefore a central part of the Government’s High North strategy, and we are now allocating NOK 1 million to a resource and competence centre in the field of search and rescue in the High North,” said Minister of Foreign... Read more

Photo: Kurt Hamann/ Innovation Norway.

Corruption fighters at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the World Bank are now set to work together. Read more

Photo: Ragnhild H. Simenstad/ MFA.

Former Minister of the Environment and International Development Erik Solheim is to be the new chair of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD’s) Development Assistance Committee (DAC). Read more

Photo: Anders Gjengedal/ Innovation Norway.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) carries out regular reviews of member countries’ trade policies. This week the focus is on Norway. Norway has received close to 300 written comments and specific questions from other WTO member countries. Read more

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“The European Union has played a key role in efforts to safeguard peace and democracy in Europe.” Read more

Photo: Arild Lyssand /MFA Norway.

The total budget for High North activities for 2013 is close to NOK 2 billion, an increase of approximately NOK 290 million from 2012. A new ice-class research vessel, the development of the monitoring and information system BarentsWatch and a new technology building at the University of Tromsø are among the areas of Norway’s High North policy that are to be given priority in 2013. Read more

Photo: Trond Viken/ MFA.

On the 10. September Norway and the World Food Programme (WFP) signed a four-year agreement on Norwegian funding of NOK 245 million a year, amounting to a total of nearly NOK 1 billion. Read more

Mari Skåre (to the left) with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 
Photo: NATO.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has today appointed the Norwegian diplomat Mari Skåre as the Alliance’s first special representative for women peace and security. Read more

Photo: MFA Norway.

"Let us promise each other today that we will honour the dead by celebrating life." Read the Prime Minister of Norway, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg's speech to the people, one year after the extremist attacks on Norway. Read more

Photo: Petter Foss/MFA Norway.

The delegations from the UN member states have agreed on a draft outcome document for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20. Read more

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“Well-functioning and accessible health services are crucial for development in poor countries,” said Minister of International Development Heikki Holmaas. Norway is donating NOK 460 million to the World Health Organization with the aim of promoting better health for all. Read more

Photo: Sølve Sundsbø / Det kongelige hoff.

The Norwegian birthday song “Hurra for deg!” resonated through the Palace Square, 31 May 2012. More than 3 000 pre-school children had gathered to honour the birthdays of Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja, who looked on from the Palace Balcony. Read more