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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. Read more

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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... Read more

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“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. Read more

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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... Read more

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“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... Read more

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“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”. Read more

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... Read more

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. Read more

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‘Women are particularly affected by wars and conflicts. The Government is giving priority to intensifying Norway’s efforts to promote the women, peace and security agenda,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg. On the 16th of February the Government presented a new National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security for the period 2015-18. Read more

Photo: Line Fjærvoll, Norway UN.

“To increase our international effort against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) we need to strengthen our efforts on FGM as a part of other relevant development priorities – like gender equality, maternal- and child health, primary education and human rights.” Said Norway’s Deputy Permanent Representative May-Elin Stener at the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM event at the UN. Read more

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. Read more

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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. Read more

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. Read more

Anette Trettebergstuen adressing the Forum. 
Photo: Norway UN / Mariken B. Harbitz .

-Every unemployed youth is a waste of resources, said Anette Trettebergstuen at today`s discussion on Youth Employment. Read more

High-level Meeting on “Sustainable Energy for All” 24.09.2012 . 
Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Universal energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency, these are core themes when the Sustainable Energy for All Forum convenes at the United Nations in New York June 4-6. Read more

Deputy Minister Brattskar with the team from

The need to mobilize stronger support for global education was the topic of Deputy Foreign Minister Hans Brattskar’s trip to New York this week. Norway has made global education one of its main foreign policy priorities. Read more

Internally displaced people in the Darfur region of Sudan. 
Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Last year, the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) supported 466 projects in 51 countries. Norway contributed with about USD 43 million, or 11% of the total, according to CERF’s annual report that has just been published. Read more

Photo: UN Photo/Fred Noy.

Norway supports UN efforts to establish the right to clean drinking water and sanitation. Every year more children die of diseases caused by contaminated drinking water than of Aids, malaria and measles combined. Read more

Photo: UN Photo/P Sudhakaran.

Today the first preparatory talks on negotiating an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) concluded at the United Nations in New York. Norway is working for an agreement that can prevent violations of international humanitarian law and human rights by requiring states to have stringent rules for the trading in arms. Read more

The UN High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing

The Prime Minister of Norway, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, co-chaired the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing 12-13 July 2010, alongside the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Mr. Meles Zenawi. Read more