Peace Efforts

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with Norwegian State Secretary Espen Barth Eide and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan, Hilde Frafjord Johnson. 
Photo: Scan News/Cia Pak.

On September 23, Norway, the United States and United Kingdom hosted a dinner to celebrate South Sudan. The three host countries, also known as the troika, helped broker the 2005 peace accord between north and south Sudan. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon attended the event. Read more

Ms. Maren Eline Kleiven, police sergeant, Ms. Kristiana Powell, Acting Chief, Security Reform Unit, Department Peacekeeping Operations and Ms. Kristin Ottesen Kvigne Assistant National Police Commissioner at Norwegian National Police Directorate. 
Photo: Ingjerd Jensen.

Ms. Kristin Kvigne and Ms. Maren Kleiven from the Norwegian Police Service visited United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations for discussion on policing and justice engagement in field operations. Read more

As the sun sets, hundreds of refugees from Libya line up for food at a transit camp near the Tunisia-Libya border. Unfrozen funds can make it easier for them to return to their homes. 
Photo: UN Photo/OCHA/David Ohana.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre commented, “I am pleased that the UN Sanctions Committee has agreed to Norway’s request to release the USD 370 million belonging to the Central Bank of Libya that are currently in Norwegian bank accounts. This is an important means of helping the country’s new authorities in a difficult transition period.” Read more

Members of the Security Council visiting South Sudan watch a demonstration by the Livestock Protection Unit of the South Sudan Police Service in Malau, Jonglei State. . 
Photo: UN Photo/Paul Banks.

Norway demands that humanitarian access should be allowed to the two conflict-affected states in Sudan and urges the parties to engage in political negotiations. Read more

Many Libyan cities, like Misrata, have been damaged during the conflict. The reconstruction will be costly and complicated. 
Photo: Internews.

Norway sent an application to the UN Sanctions Committee on Libya on August 31st asking for Libyan funds that have been frozen in Norway since March this year to be released. “There are grave humanitarian needs in Libya, and releasing funds that can be used to the benefit of the people in the country is therefore a matter of urgency,” commented Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. Read more