International Development

Mr. Helge Strand Østtveiten has been appointed Director of UNDP's Office of Audit and Investigations. Read more

Norway is stepping up the efforts for health services and simple, affordable medicines to mothers and newborns in the National Budget for 2013. 
Photo: Unicef/NYHQ2012-0156/Quarmyne.

The Norwegian Government proposes an additional allocation of NOK 650 million (approx. USD 100 million) to significantly step up Norway’s efforts in the area of maternal and child health. Read more

From left; President Bill Clinton, USAID's Rajiv Shah, Scott Sherriff in pharmaceutical company Bayer, Secretary of State for International Development in Great Britian Justine Greening, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway and President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria. 
Photo: Hansine Korslien, NorwayUN.

A new plan and set of recommendations to improve the supply and access of life-saving health supplies was submitted today to the UN Secretary-General by the members of the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children. Read more

Photo: Flickr/Teddy James.

“Norway is the first country in the world to review its loans to developing countries, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on foreign debt and human rights. This means that Norway is setting the gold standard in this area,” says Minister of International Development Heikki Holmås. Read more

Minister of International Development meeting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 
Photo: Norway UN Mission/Emma K Lydersen.

Norway’s Minister of International Development, Mr. Heikki Holmås, had three main messages at the UN Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc); the need for more equitable distribution between and within countries, the need to advance and protect women’s rights and strong support to the UN Secretary-General’s “Energy for All”-initiative. Read more