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Ambassador Morten Wetland, Christy Turlington Burns and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 
Photo: John Erik Prydz.

At a packed July 6th event at New York’s Museum of Modern Art hosted by United Nations Secretary-General H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, The Permanent Representative of Norway to the UN, Ambassador H.E. Mr. Morten Wetland and the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York, Christy Turlington Burns added her voice to the growing momentum in the fight to save the lives of millions of women and children... Read more

A camp for internally displaced people in Port-au-Prince. 
Photo: Norway Mission/Julie M. Jacobsen Takahashi.

Earlier this month a team from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs travelled to the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince to assess how Norway’s USD 100 pledge of support for Haiti could be put to good use. First Secretary Julie M. Jacobsen Takahashi, from the Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN, went with them. This is her personal account of the visit. Read more

Photo: UN Photo/Sophie Paris.

Norway will be an important partner for Haiti in the country’s reconstruction efforts following the disastrous earthquake in January. The Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC), of which Norway is now a member, held its first meeting on 17 June in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. Read more

The Review Conference for the UN Fish Stocks Agreement was held at the UN in New York on May 24-28. The meeting was a continuation of the conference from 2006, and the main objective was to evaluate the implementation of the Agreement and to look for possible ways to strengthen the implementation and have more States become parties to the Agreement. Read more

On May 27 in Oslo, heads of state and government, ministers and other representatives of some 50 countries concluded an agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation. Around NOK 25 billion has been pledged for the period 2010–2012 for measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries. Read more

The States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) are gathering in Kampala, Uganda, to take stock of the progress of the Court. “This is a milestone in the history of international criminal law,” commented Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. Read more

UNICEF's Norwegian Deputy Executive Director Hilde Johnson applauds Executive Director Anthony Lake. 
Photo: Mission of Norway/Emma K Lydersen.

UNICEFs new leader Anthony Lake opened his first annual Executive Board meeting by thanking those gathered and the UN Secretary General for having given him what he called "the greatest opportunity of my life". Lake urged everyone to increase their efforts to secure the rights of every child, not least “the forgotten child" who is marginalised because of gender, ethnic identity or class... Read more

Norway and Indonesia agreed today to enter into a partnership to support Indonesia’s efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation of forests and peat lands. Indonesia will take immediate and decisive action to reduce its forest and peat related greenhouse gas emissions. Norway will support those efforts with USD 1 billion over the next few years. Read more

Norwegian Member of Parliament, Elisabeth Alsaker, outside the UN headquarters in New York. 
Photo: Norway's UN Mission/Emma Kwesiga Lydersen.

Every fall the Norwegian Parliament, Stortinget, sends two groups of observers to the United Nations General Assembly. In 2009 Elisabeth Aspaker, from the political party Høyre, was one of the Norwegian members of parliament that spent time the UN. Here she reflects on those four hectic weeks she spent in New York. Read more