International Development

Photo: Line Fjærvoll/Norway UN.

- The Post-2015 agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals is an ambitious framework for development and needs correspondingly ambitious means of implementation. That is why the outcome in the Financing for Development Conference in Addis is so important, says Ambassador Pedersen, who facilitates the negotiations. Read more

Photo: Frode Overland Andersen/Norway MFA.

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

A good team: Co-facilitators Ambassador Geir O. Pedersen and Ambassador George Talbot. 
Photo: Norway Mission to the UN, Ruth Kristina Breivik.

How should the new development agenda that UN member states currently discuss be financed? Last week, the first substantive discussions on “Financing for Development” were held at the UN. Norway has a leading role in facilitating the process towards a international conference on the subject in Addis Ababa in July 2015. Read more

Prime Minister Solberg announcing increased support for education in front of school children in Malawi. 
Photo: Norwegian MFA.

The Government proposes an increase in the development budget to NOK 32.5 billion in 2015. This is an increase of more than NOK 1 billion compared to 2014. Education, humanitarian aid, health and vaccines, business development, climate measures and human rights are given priority. These are areas that are crucial for eradicating extreme poverty. Read more

Norwegian Olympic Champion Ole Einar Bjørndalen and Boston Marathon Winner Meb Kefelzighi . 
Photo: Norway UN / Mariken B. Harbitz .

Norwegian Olympic champion and IOC member Ole Einar Bjørndalen also known as "The King of Biathlon" visited UN headquarters to support and celebrate the signing of a historic agreement between International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Read more