Foreign Minister Børge Brende with Ambassador Geir O. Pedersen and  Norway's negotiating team Erling M. Kravik, Lena R. Nord and Anne-Heidi Kvalsøren at the Financing for Development Conference in Addis. 
Photo: Marte L. Kopstad/NorwayUN.Foreign Minister Børge Brende with Ambassador Geir O. Pedersen and Norway's negotiating team Erling M. Kravik, Lena R. Nord and Anne-Heidi Kvalsøren at the Financing for Development Conference in Addis. Photo: Marte L. Kopstad/NorwayUN

‘I am extremely pleased that the UN member states have agreed on a framework for financing sustainable development. This is good news for the world, and particularly for the least developed countries,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende after agreement was reached in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 15 July.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is to visit Norway on 6–8 July. During his time in the country, he will meet Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, he will take part in the Oslo Summit on Education for Development, and he will visit Svalbard.

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- The Post-2015 agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals is an ambitious framework for development and needs correspondingly ambitious means of implementation. That is why the outcome in the Financing for Development Conference in Addis is so important, says Ambassador Pedersen, who facilitates the negotiations.

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World Press Freedom Day is celebrated on 3 May. ‘World Press Freedom Day is an opportunity to remind the world of the importance of defending freedom of expression and the right to have a free press. It is disturbing to see that the number of countries in the world in which there is full freedom of the press is falling. Safeguarding freedom of the press is an important part of the Government’s...

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Norway is providing NOK 90 million to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. This is an increase of NOK 10 million compared with last year. ‘Strengthening the UN’s human rights work is vital, particularly at a time when these rights are under increasing pressure globally,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Norway by Minister Counsellor Halvor Sætre welcomes the process and will engage in the follow up of the report. . 
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‘The recommendations concerning reform of UN peacekeeping operations that were submitted to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today give us a unique opportunity to strengthen UN peacekeeping. The world needs a UN that has the capacity to prevent and bring an end to violent conflicts as effectively as possible,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is hosting an international conference in Oslo from 28 to 29 May entitled ‘Protecting Education from Attack’. Foreign Minister Børge Brende will open the conference, and states represented at the conference will be encouraged to endorse a Safe Schools Declaration.

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“The fact that we are all gathered here today agreeing that there are challenges to be addressed, and to discuss how we should solve them, is a good start” Said Norway’s Chief of Defence, Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen, before attending history’s first Chiefs of Defence Conference held at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

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“Serious violations against women and girls is a common thread among the violent extremists. Their fear of gender equality ties them together” Stated Norway’s Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion Solveig Horne in her welcoming remarks at the event on “More than mere victims: Women and violent extremism” co-hosted by the Norwegian Mission, the Norwegian Consulate and New America...

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