Back row from left: Ernst-Rune Egelid, Ellen Balke Hveem, Audun Hjort,  Øystein Lyngroth. Front row from left:  Mette Birkelund O’Connor, Nickolas Ask, Siri Haugan Holden, Lill-Ann Bjaarstad Medina, Christian Garzon Osorio (Martin Torbergsen and Ragnhild Simenstad were absent when the picture was taken). 
Photo: Norway Mission.Back row from left: Ernst-Rune Egelid, Ellen Balke Hveem, Audun Hjort, Øystein Lyngroth. Front row from left: Mette Birkelund O’Connor, Nickolas Ask, Siri Haugan Holden, Lill-Ann Bjaarstad Medina, Christian Garzon Osorio (Martin Torbergsen and Ragnhild Simenstad were absent when the picture was taken). Photo: Norway Mission

As New York cools down and the fall arrives, so do a number of new employees here at the Norwegian Mission to the UN. Now that they have all settled in, we wish to welcome them and provide an introduction regarding their work at the Mission.

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Photo: UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

Norwegian Permanent Representative Geir O. Pedersen spoke with the United Nations Development Programme regarding their longstanding support and partnership.

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flanked by Macharia Kamau (left), Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kenya to the UN, and David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, Co-Facilitators of the negotiations leading to the outcome document. 
Photo: (UN PHoto/Mark Garten).

The UN member states today agreed on a new, universal set of sustainable development goals for the next 15 years. The Sustainable Development Goals will replace the UN Millennium Development Goals at the beginning of next year, and they will combine the fight against poverty with a renewed effort to protect the environment. ‘The agreement reached in New York marks the start of an unparalleled...

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Photo: UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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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Photo: Line Fjærvoll/Norway UN.

- 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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Brazilian peacekeepers from the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) distribute water and food in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. 
Photo: UN Photo / Marco Dormino.

‘World Humanitarian Day is an important reminder that we are living in dramatic times. The world is experiencing large-scale humanitarian crises, and 60 million people have been forced to flee from their homes. Today, I am pleased to announce that Norway will provide a further NOK 50 million for Yemen and a number of forgotten crises,’ Foreign Minister Børge Brende said.

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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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Norway by Minister Counsellor Halvor Sætre welcomes the process and will engage in the follow up of the report. . 
Photo: Line Fjærvoll/Norway UN.

‘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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Photo: Frode Overland Andersen/Norway MFA.

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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