Peace Efforts

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

“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