Photo: Marte F. Beisvåg/Norway UN.Photo: Marte F. Beisvåg/Norway UN

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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Photo: Line Fjærvoll, Norway UN.

“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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Photo: Line Fjærvoll, Norway UN.

“Women and girls all over the world suffer from widespread and serious human rights violations. It is therefore more important than ever to stand fully behind the principle of universal human rights. I call upon all member states to speak up for girls’ and women’s human rights every day. Women’s rights are Human Rights.” Said Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion Solveig Horne in...

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Photo: Emilie Everett, Norway UN.

The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) started with a bang on Sunday March 8, the International Women’s Day, with a big march for gender equality. CSW will take place at United Nations in New York from 9 to 20 March. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and more than 8000 representatives of civil society from all regions of the world are attending the...

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Photo: A.Versto, Norway MFA.

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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‘The humanitarian crisis in Syria is escalating. The Government is now providing USD 93 million to support efforts in Syria and the neighbouring countries. Children are the hardest hit. USD 18.6 million of these funds will be earmarked for education and child protection efforts,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Photo: Line Fjærvoll, Norway UN.

“Women human rights defenders play a crucial role in the development agenda, as they relate to the most vulnerable and marginalized individuals in society. We also know that women human rights defenders face particular challenges and difficulties,” said Norway’s State Secretary Hans Brattskar at the CSW side event “Protection in practice for women human rights defenders”.

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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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