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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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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Photo: UN Photo, Joao Araujo.

World leaders will descend on New York for high-level meetings at the United Nations, Sept. 22-26. 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 priorities for Norway.

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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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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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Back row from left: Andreas Motzfeldt Kravik, Alf Håvard Vestrheim, Halvor Sætre and Annemarta Strand Mugaas.
        Front row from left: Irene Rønold, Ruth Kristina Breivik, Silje Johanne Eggestad, Cilia Indahl, Lena Ryde Nord and Prableen Kaur (May-Elin Stener was absent when the picture was taken). 
Photo: Norway Mission.

It lays in a Foreign Service Missions’ nature that it often gets new staff members and interns, but this fall there are especially many new faces here in the corridors of the Norwegian Mission to the UN. They all deserve a warm welcome and a short introduction on what their work tasks are.

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