Policy & Society

Major General Kristin Lund of Norway ended her command of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus in July 2016. Lund was appointed military commander of the UN peace keeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) in May 2013. She was the first female force commander in a UN peacekeeping operation. The initial duration of her posting was one year, but she was granted an extension until 2016. Read more

World Humanitarian Day was established by the UN to draw attention to humanitarian crisis and to highlight the tremendous efforts made by aid workers in the face of adversity and danger throughout the world. In response to the world’s growing humanitarian needs the Norwegian government decided to boost the humanitarian aid budget in 2016 to an all-time high of 5 billion Norwegian kroner. Read more

Do you know an exceptional person who has gone beyond the call of duty and shown outstanding dedication and service to the displacement cause? We are asking for your help to identify inspiring and committed candidates. The deadline for nominations is 8 February 2016. Read more

Photo: Sølve Sundsbø.

This weekend Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja mark the 25th anniversary of their ascension to the Norwegian throne. Read more

October 24th marks 70 years since the establishment of the United Nations. Norway firmly believes that “Strong UN. Better World” is more than a slogan. Read more

The seventh “Love Knows No Borders” annual charity sale was themed as “a Tribute to Rural Teachers in Yunnan”. More than 69 embassies, international organisations, as well as enterprises from China and abroad, were present at the annual International Charity Fair. The sale was hosted in the name of Madame Qian Wei, wife of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Read more

World leaders make New York their stage during the UN High Level Week which lasts from September 25th-October 2nd. They will adopt the new Sustainable Development Goals, and discuss key issues such as climate change, global health, education, gender equality and peacekeeping. Read more

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg joins fellow Heads of State and Government for an historic summit to adopt the world's new development agenda. The Sustainable Development Goals constitute an ambitious and universal plan to eradicate all poverty in the world and facilitate sustainable development over the next 15 years. Read more

Photo: UNHCR.

The Nansen award is named after Fridtjof Nansen, the Norwegian Polar explorer and first High Commissioner for Refugees for the League of Nations. Aqeela Asifi receives the award for her many years of educating Afghan refugee girls in Pakistan. Read more

Minifacts about Norway presents key information about Norway in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Minifacts about Norway 2015 is available online only and cannot be ordered. Read more

Photo: Innovation Norway.

17 May is Norway’s Constitution Day and is celebrated with Children’s parades and festivities. Read more

Spikersuppa Christmas market. 
Photo: www.visitOslo.com.

An exhibition displaying the history of Christmas traditions in Norway is currently taking place at The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum) in Oslo. Read more

‘The fight for strengthening human rights is the common thread in everything Norway commits to internationally,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Human rights are under pressure internationally. Norway will therefore step up its efforts to promote and protect human rights Read more

Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende in Sierra Leone, October 15, 2014. 
Photo: Utenriksdepartementet/Astrid Sehl.

On the 10th of October foreign minister Børge Brende announced that, Norway pledges nearly NOK 70 million to new World Bank fund to fight Ebola. Further, on October 14th another 75 million NOK was allocated to the fight, bringing the total number to NOK 329 million so far this year. Read more

Brende, Solberg and Sundtoft in front of UN building. 
Photo: Veslemøy Lothe Salvesen, Norway MFA.

World leaders descend on New York for high-level meetings at the United Nations from September 22-26th. During the week a great number of topics will be tackled, such as human rights, poverty reduction, climate change and gender equality, all of which are key priorities for Norway. Read more

Norway leads the way to the Arctic. Now, we have created a logo to symbolise it. Read more

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This year’s BI Norwegian Business School - Fudan University MBA Program annual charity event fell on 27 July 2014. A group of lovely children from Jiading Xingzhi School were invited to visit Fudan University, and a series of activities for were arranged for them. Read more

Photo: Helena Benýšková/ MFA Norway.

The 2014 Human Development Report (HDR) was released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on 24 July in Tokyo. This year’s HDR presents HDI values for 187 countries, and Norway ranks the top. Read more

The Pulpit Rock. 
Photo: Corrado Filipponidia/ Visit Norway.

The Pulpit Rock, or Preikestolen as the locals know it, is Norway’s most popular hike and not without reason. As the Pulpit rock cliff hangs more than 600 meter above the Lysefjord in Rogaland, the spectacular view presents hiking enthusiasts and daredevils alike with both a breath-taking experience and a keen photo opportunity. Read more

Cultural Industries Seminar. 
Photo: Silje Wahl/ MFA.

The meaning of digitalisation for creative and cultural industries in China and the Nordic countries was the topic of a two-day seminar at Tsinghua University 10-11 June. The seminar was organized by the Swedish Embassy and the National Research Center for Cultural Industries at Tsinghua University. Read more