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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