Peace Efforts

Woman peacekeeper in Darfur, Sudan. 
Photo: UN Photo/Gonzales Farran.

A progress report has recently been published that gives an update on Norway's efforts to promote the various UN Security Council resolutions on Women, war and peace. The summary for that report is published in English. Read more

UN and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan with Major-General Robert Mood. 
Photo: Forsvaret.

Norwegian Major-General Robert Mood will assist the Joint United Nations-League of Arab States Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Kofi Annan, in his efforts to secure an end to armed violence in all its forms by all parties in Syria, the provision of humanitarian aid, and the launching of a Syrian-led political process to address the legitimate aspirations and concerns of the Syrian people. Read more

Syria's UN Ambassador Bashar Jafa’ari (centre) just before the General Assembly meeting to consider a draft resolution on his country. . 
Photo: UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz .

The UN General Assembly has, with an overwhelming majority, passed a resolution that condemns the continued widespread and systematic violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the Syrian authorities. Egypt presented the resolution to the Assembly. Norway was one of many co-sponsors. Read more

Billboard of Syrian president Assad. 
Photo: Wojtek Ogrodowczyk/Flickr (Creative Commons 2.0 BY-NC).

Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre commented, “Norway strongly condemns the increasing use of violence in Syria, where thousands have been killed. We deeply deplore the Syrian authorities’ gross human rights violations against the country’s own population.” Read more

Photo: Marta B. Haga.

“Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman are each in their own right worthy winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. The Government welcomes the award of this year’s prize to these three women. It is recognition of women’s nonviolent efforts to promote peace and democracy,” said Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. Read more