Norwegian Maj. Gen. Kristin Lund receives congratulations from USAWC Commandant Maj. Bill Rapp, who is the 53rd international graduate to be invited into the International Fellows Hall of Fame, and the first woman. 
Photo: U.S. Army War College.Norwegian Maj. Gen. Kristin Lund receives congratulations from USAWC Commandant Maj. Bill Rapp, who is the 53rd international graduate to be invited into the International Fellows Hall of Fame, and the first woman. Photo: U.S. Army War College

Major General Kristin Lund, from Norway, is the first woman in International Hall of Fame at U.S. Army War College.

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Photo: Marta B. Haga, UD.

‘Women are particularly affected by wars and conflicts. The Government is giving priority to intensifying Norway’s efforts to promote the women, peace and security agenda,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg. On the 16th of February the Government presented a new National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security for the period 2015-18.

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Norway is providing USD 20 million (NOK 150 million) in emergency aid to the civilian population in South Sudan. ‘Nearly 6.5 million South Sudanese have been affected by the humanitarian crisis that has resulted from the violent political power struggle in South Sudan. Norway wants to support the civilians who are now suffering. At the same time, we will continue to urge the country’s leaders t...

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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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Photo: Line Fjærvoll, Norway UN.

“Journalists place themselves in dangerous situations in order to disclose wrongdoings, shed light on atrocities and expose violations of human rights. It is precisely because of this important watchdog role that journalists and media workers are targeted. They are threatened, imprisoned and even killed for just doing their job.” said Norway’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bård Glad...

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Photo: Line Fjærvoll, Norway UN.

“To increase our international effort against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) we need to strengthen our efforts on FGM as a part of other relevant development priorities – like gender equality, maternal- and child health, primary education and human rights.” Said Norway’s Deputy Permanent Representative May-Elin Stener at the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM event at the UN.

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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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