Photo: UN Photo, Joao Araujo.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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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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Photo: UN Photo Albert González Farran .

Prime Minister Erna Solberg is visiting South Africa, Malawi and Rwanda this week to promote the right of children to education and healthcare, and to help to intensify efforts to meet the UN Millennium Development Goal on poverty reduction.

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Photo: UD .

Professor Kirsten Sandberg, the candidate for Norway and the other Nordic countries, was today re-elected as member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. ‘I would like to congratulate Professor Sandberg, one of our foremost experts in the field of children’s rights, on her re-election as member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge...

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Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende visited New York this week to meet with key UN leaders and to advocate for good governance as a stand-alone Sustainable Development Goal.

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Børge Brende delivering the Norwegian Statement at ECOSOC's HLPF Ministerial Dialouge. 
Photo: Emilie N Everett.

The second meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is taking place at the UN headquarters these days. In addition to the participation of Norway’s Foreign Minister, Børge Brende, representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo and the Norwegian Mission to the UN are also partaking in this important forum.

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Norwegian student Usman Mushtaq held the following statement on behalf of the Major Group for Children and Youth, and with the support of the Farmers and the NGO Major Groups, during the opening of ECOSOCs High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development today.

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DPR Tine Mørch Smith at the global launch of the UNDP report. 
Photo: NorwayUN/Mariken B. Harbitz .

- Public administration is of the people, by the people and for the people. To have women represented at all levels of public administration helps to promote a culture where women – and girls – are met with due respect and care, urged DPR of Norway Mrs. Tine Smith at today’s Global Launch of UNDPs report on Gender Equality in Public Administration.

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HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit holding opening statement at UN High Level meeting . 
Photo: Mariken B. Harbitz .

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit was a key-note speaker at today’s opening of the UN High Level meeting on Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Post 2015 Agenda.

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