Peace Efforts

Bandana Rana (left), head of the Nepalese organisation Saathi, and Sadhu Ram Sapkota (right) from Nepal’s Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction, were among the participants at the side event. 
Photo: Norway UN Mission/Hilde Klemetsdal.

Even the superstorm Sandy couldn't stop Norway and the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) hosting a dialogue meeting as a side event to the UN Security Council’s annual Open Debate on women, peace and security. Read more

Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide after the AHLC-meeting in New York, 23 September 2012. 
Photo: Foto: Ragnhild H. Simenstad, NorwayUN.

"We share a common responsibility to promote the realisation of a two-state solution. That is why it is essential to safeguard the institutions that will form the foundation for a future Palestinian state," said Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide, who chaired the meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) for assistance to the Palestinians in New York on Sunday. Read more

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen talking with Mari Skåre, Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security. (Photo: NIDS/NATO Multimedia Library)

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has today appointed the Norwegian diplomat Mari Skåre as the Alliance’s first special representative for women peace and security. Read more

Norwegian police officers on duty in Liberia. 
Photo: Ragnhild H. Simenstad, MFA.

The UN goal is 20 percent female UN Police officers by 2014. Norway already contributes with more. Read more

Major-General Robert Mood after briefing the UN Security Council on the crisis in Syria. 
Photo: NorwayUN/Emma Kwesiga Lydersen.

Major-General Robert Mood of Norway briefed the UN Security Council on the crisis in Syria on Tuesday June 19. As head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) Mood explained why he decided to suspend operations last weekend. General Mood said the escalating violence made it impossible for the observers to fulfill mandated tasks. Read more