Photo: Norway Mission to the UN, Ruth Kristina Breivik.Photo: Norway Mission to the UN, Ruth Kristina Breivik

"There are those who loudly, falsely and dangerously claim that LGBT people threaten family life or family values. We know the truth. Love is a family value." Said Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson at a LGBT Human Rights Day event at the UN.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende . 
Photo: Ragna Fjeld, UD.

‘Human rights are under pressure internationally. Norway will therefore step up its efforts to promote and protect human rights,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. A white paper on human rights in Norway’s foreign and development policy, the first on the subject for 15 years, was presented today.

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Ambassador Geir O. Pedersen, José Ramos-Horta and Ambassador Tekeda Alemu. 
Photo: Norway Mission to the UN, Ruth Kristina Breivik.

José Ramos-Horta, chair of the newly appointed high-level panel to review the UN’s peace operations met with member states at Norway’s Mission to the UN last week. “Member states have given the panel a strong mandate to carry out its important task,” said Ambassador Geir O. Pedersen.

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A good team: Co-facilitators Ambassador Geir O. Pedersen and Ambassador George Talbot. 
Photo: Norway Mission to the UN, Ruth Kristina Breivik.

How should the new development agenda that UN member states currently discuss be financed? Last week, the first substantive discussions on “Financing for Development” were held at the UN. Norway has a leading role in facilitating the process towards a international conference on the subject in Addis Ababa in July 2015.

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First Secretary Iselin Hebbert Larsen delivers a statement in the Third Committee. 
Photo: Norway Mission to the UN, Ruth Kristina Breivik .

The work of the United Nations year-round derives largely from the decisions of the General Assembly. The will of the majority of the Members states is expressed in resolutions adopted by the Assembly. Much of this work is carried out in in six main committees established by the Assembly to study and report on specific issues.

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Statement by H.E. Ambassador May-Elin Stener, on Agenda item 69: Strengthening the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance, on 12 December, 2014

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Joint statement by the group of seven: Brazil, France, Indonesia, Norway, Senegal, South-Africa and Thailand on Agenda item 124: Global Health and Foreign Policy. The statement was presented by facilitator and First Secretary Bjørn Klouman Bekken on 11 December, 2014.

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On 3 December, 2014 the General Assembly held a plenary meeting in observance of the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family, in order to discuss the role of family-oriented policies in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda. First Secretary Iselin Hebbert Larsen delivered Norway's statement

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Nordic Statement delivered by Ambassador Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the UN during an UN Security Council debate on International Cooperation on Combating Terrorism and Violent Extremism, 19 November, 2014.

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Norway's statement on Agenda item 63: Report of the Human Rights Council to the Third Committee, was held by First Secretary Mr. Erling Hoem on 17 November, 2014

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Norway's statement on Agenda item 50: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, fourth committee, was held by H. E. Ambassador Geir O. Pedersen on 5 November, 2014

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