Climate Change and the Environment

The African pavillion at the conference includes a minor rain forest . 
Photo: Ministry of foreign affairs/Ragnhild Simenstad.

A continuation of the Kyoto protocol, the establishment of a green climate fund, and the major emitting countries will take part in a process towards a comprehensive and legally binding agreement. At the end of the extra time, that is the outcome of the climate change conference in Durban, South Africa. Read more

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg arrived at the South Pole on 12 December to stress the importance of Antarctica in understanding the gravity of climate change. During his three day visit the Prime Minister will also mark the centenary of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his team reaching the Pole in 1911. Read more

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg greets UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the awards dinner. 
Photo: Norway UN Mission/Anders Aalbu.

Climate and energy topped the agenda when Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg met UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York on Wednesday. Issues like global health and the global financial crisis were also discussed. While in New York Prime Minister Stoltenberg also recieved the UN Foundation and UN Association of USA's "Champion for Global Change Award." Read more

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg at the launch in Oslo.  . 
Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Norway launches an international energy and climate partnership in support of the UN Secretary-General’s initiative “Sustainable Energy for All”. The Partnership aims to ensure access to sustainable energy for all and avoid greenhouse gas emissions through the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took part in the launch. Read more

On the Bangladeshi island Char Kukuri Mukuri they now have to build their houses on stilts because of more frequent cyclones. 
Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Ragnhild Simenstad.

The Norwegian Government has allocated NOK 27.8 billion (appx USD 4,7) for development in poor countries in 2012. This is a record high aid budget. Efforts on climate change, renewable energy and agriculture will be intensified. Read more