Climate Change and the Environment

On May 27 in Oslo, heads of state and government, ministers and other representatives of some 50 countries concluded an agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation. Around NOK 25 billion has been pledged for the period 2010–2012 for measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries. Read more

Norway and Indonesia agreed today to enter into a partnership to support Indonesia’s efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation of forests and peat lands. Indonesia will take immediate and decisive action to reduce its forest and peat related greenhouse gas emissions. Norway will support those efforts with USD 1 billion over the next few years. Read more

Panel members: from left, Erik Solheim; Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, the Permanent Forum; Peter Riggs, the Ford Foundation; Joseph Ole Simel, the Mainyoito Pastoralist Integrated Development Organization (Kenya). 
Photo: Norway Mission/Emma K Lydersen.

Minister of the Environment and International Development, Mr. Erik Solheim, was praised after a frank and fruitful dialogue with representatives from indigenous groups during the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Many indigenous people are suspicious of the global forest initiative – REDD – and so the opportunity to meet the Norwegian minister was welcomed. Read more

Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. 
Photo: UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras.

Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has become member of the UN High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing. The group was recently appointed by the UN Secretary-General, to mobilise the financing promised for efforts against climate change during the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen last December. Read more

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said in Oslo today that he will initiate a climate group consisting of the most important forest countries. Read more