Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende . 
Photo: Ragna Fjeld, UD.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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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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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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Ambassador May-Elin Stener called for a global study on children deprived of liberty in her statement. 
Photo: Ruth Kristina Breivik .

MARKING 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD: This week Norway co-sponsored an event together with Ethiopia, Uruguay and Qatar about the call for a Global Study on children deprived of liberty. The event was a culmination of the work that the main organisers, Defence for Children and Human Rights Watch, and 48 other NGOs have been doing to mobilising worldwide support for...

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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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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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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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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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Associate Professor Nora Sveaass is the Norwegian candidate in the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture. Dr Sveaass’ candidacy is also supported by the other Nordic countries. The Election will take place on 23 October in Geneva, and is for the period 2015-2018.

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