International Development

Photo: NorwayUN/Marte Lerberg Kopstad.

The two major UN development organizations UNDP and UNFPA are governed through executive board meetings at the UN headquarters. One of the main targets for this year’s session is to agree on a new strategic plan for 2014 to 2017. Norway's Merete Dyrud is vice president of the board, representing Norway and other Western countries. Read more

Merete Dyrud, Jan Paul Brekke and Anja Sletten. 
Photo: NorwayUN/Kjersti Mosli.

After tough negotiations the Commission on Population and Development reached an agreed conclusion. Sexual and reproductive health and rights, an important area for Norway, has been among this year’s sensitive issues. Read more

Photo: Per Thrana/SMK.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Bill Gates met in Oslo on the 22nd of January to discuss how to reach the Millennium Development Goals on global health. Progress is made, but work still needs to be done. Read more

Photo: Marte Lerberg Kopstad .

Counsellor Merete Dyrud at the Norwegian Mission to the UN is elected to serve as vice president of the board of the UN development organizations UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS on behalf of the Western European and Others Group (WEOG). Read more

State Secretary for Development, Mr. Arvinn Gadgil at the UN meeting on debt for developing countries. 
Photo: NorwayUN/Hansine Korslien.

This is the first time for the UN General Assembly to discuss debt resolution mechanisms for developing countries. Read more