Peace Efforts

'It is very positive that the peace agreement in Colombia has now been finally approved by the Colombian Congress. This means that it can enter into force, and that the important work to implement what the parties have agreed on can begin. It is vital that all those who want to see an end to the long conflict actively support the agreement,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

Norwegian police officers ready for assignment in Colombia. From the left: Synnøve Stette, Hanne Andersen and Tordis Ibanez. 
Photo: Politiets digitale bildearkiv.

Norway contributes three police women to the UN observer mission in Colombia. Read more

Soliders celebrating International Peace Day 2013 in Naquora, Lebanon. 
Photo: UNIFIL Photo/Pasqual G. Marcos.

Violent conflicts are increasing in number and in complexity. Their humanitarian consequences are devastating, and a record number of people have been forced to flee their homes. ‘Preventing conflicts is infinitely preferable to repairing the damage they cause once they begin. It is also cheaper. Norway will now increase its support to the UN Peacebuilding Fund by NOK 115 million over a period ... Read more

’Despite the financial hardship facing the Palestinian government, I welcome all constructive steps that will contribute to strengthening the Palestinian economy. Both parties have proven that through leadership and compromise, progress is achievable,’ said Norway’s Foreign Minister, Børge Brende in the meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC). Read more

Photo: Dominiek Benoot, 2015.

'I would like to congratulate both parties on reaching agreement on the collection of electricity payments. This is the most extensive agreement between Israeli and Palestinian authorities for a very long time. Both parties have shown a willingness and ability to make compromises and have shown leadership in a difficult situation,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more