A good team: Co-facilitators Ambassador Geir O. Pedersen and Ambassador George Talbot. 
Photo: Norway Mission to the UN, Ruth Kristina Breivik.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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Prime Minister Solberg announcing increased support for education in front of school children in Malawi. 
Photo: Norwegian MFA.

The Government proposes an increase in the development budget to NOK 32.5 billion in 2015. This is an increase of more than NOK 1 billion compared to 2014. Education, humanitarian aid, health and vaccines, business development, climate measures and human rights are given priority. These are areas that are crucial for eradicating extreme poverty.

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Youth Delegates Adrian Lorentsson and Maria Göthner . 
Photo: Norway Mission to the UN, Ruth Kristina Breivik.

Two youth delegates are visiting the Mission of Norway to the United Nations for two weeks in October to observe the work of the General Assembly’s Third Committee, which focuses on social, humanitarian and cultural issues.

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Nobel Peace Prize recipients 2014, Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai

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.

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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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The statement on agenda item 61: Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to the third committee, was held by Counsellor Ms. Hilde Klemetsdal on 5 November, 2014

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The statement, which was an introduction of the report of the working group on the financing of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), to the fourth committee, was held by the Rapporteur, Counselor at the Norwegian Mission to the UN Meena Syed, on 4 November, 2014.

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The Nordic statement to the sixth committee on Agenda Item 78: Report of the International Law Commission on the work of its sixty-sixth session on 3 November 2014, was delivered by Mr. Øyvind Hernes, Deputy Director at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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