Peace Efforts

“Norway recognises that the National Transition Council (NTC) is at this stage the legitimate governing authority in Libya and will deal with it accordingly,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. Read more

UN Human Rights Council debates Syria. 
Photo: UN photo/Pierre Albouy.

The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on Monday August 22 condemning the Syrian authorities’ grave and systematic human rights violations. “The resolution sends a clear signal to the Syrian pro-democracy movement that it has the international community’s support,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. Read more

View of Utøya, the island where 68 people at a youth political camp were shot to death on July 22nd, 2011. 
Photo: NRK/Kim Erlandsen.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg today announced that the Government has appointed the 22 July Commission, which will carry out a broad and independent evaluation of the response to the attacks on the government offices in Oslo and on Utøya in order to identify lessons learned. Read more

Hilde Johnson (left), newly appointed Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) and Haile Menkerios (right), Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in Sudan, attend the historic Independence Ceremony of the Republic of South Sudan. 
Photo: UN Photo/Paul Banks.

“With her broad experience of development issues and her insight into Sudan and the peace process, she is the right person to lead the UN’s efforts to help resolve the major challenges facing South Sudan in the time ahead,” said Mr Støre. Read more

Large crowds in Oslo and around Norway expressed their feelings by holding roses. . 
Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Christian Hansson.

“If one man can show so much hatred, imagine how much love we can show together.” So said a young woman who lost friends on the island of Utøya during the attacks of Friday 22 July. The quote has been widely embraced by survivors, families and political leaders in Norway. Read more