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As the expert ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is both a preparatory and an executive body in connection with foreign policy matters, economic foreign policy issues and aid-related matters. The Ministry has two ministers, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of International Development.
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About the Conflict in Eastern Congo

'Norway closely follows the development in Eastern Congo. Though demanding challenges remain, especially with regard to prevailing insecurity, human rights violations and the dire conditions of internally displaced persons, we acknowledge that important progress has been achieved', said State Secretary Brattskar in his address at the Christian Council of Norway's conference.

How to Prevent Total Disaster in South Sudan

'After half a year of fighting, the world's newest country is barreling toward calamity. But its leaders can pull it back from the brink -- if they choose to do so', write Rajiv Shah, Valerie Amos, Kristalina Georgieva and Børge Brende in an argument in Foreign Policy on 21 August 2014.

MDG Advocates Statement: Keep the MDG Momentum Going

Today marks 500 days until the 2015 target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These eight goals were adopted in 2000 by world leaders gathered at the United Nations, in order to address challenges facing the world’s poorest people.

WTO fails to adopt Trade Facilitation Agreement

‘Last night’s failure to reach an agreement is highly regrettable. Everything we achieved in Bali may now unravel, putting multilateral trade negotiations on hold,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

Norway increases funding to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Norway is providing an additional NOK 15 million to support efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak. ‘The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa is cause for great concern. A concerted effort at both local and international level is needed to control the outbreak and prevent further spread of the disease,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Foreign Minister Brende: ‘Norway likely to align itself with EU’s new restrictive measures against Russia’

‘The EU’s new restrictive measures against Russia reflect the gravity of the deteriorating situation in Ukraine. Norway will study the measures closely. Given the important foreign policy considerations involved, there is good reason for Norway to align itself with the new measures. We will consult the Storting before a final decision is taken,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Statement on the situation in the Middle East

'Since our last meeting, the developments in the Middle East give cause for deep concern. For the fourth time in the seven years since Hamas took control over the Gaza Strip, violence has flared up and inflicted an intolerable toll on civilians', said ambassador Tine Mørch Smith in her statement on the Middle East and the Palestine question.

Address at Girl Summit 2014

'The Norwegian government is strongly committed to the fight against FGM (female genital mutilation), and child marriage, early and forced marriage, at home and in our international engagement', said State Secretary Hans Brattskar in his address at the "Girl summit 2014: A future free from FGM and child and forced marriage".

New strategy for intensified international efforts to eliminate female genital mutilation

‘Worldwide, around 125 million girls and women have been subjected to genital mutilation. The fight to eliminate female genital mutilation in Norway and internationally is a high priority for the Government. Norway has set the new and ambitious goal of eliminating this harmful practice in the course of one generation,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Norway provides NOK 30 million for emergency aid in Gaza

‘The UN has declared an emergency in Gaza. A large number of civilians have been wounded, and there is an urgent need to increase the capacity of hospitals and ambulance services. Norway is sending NOK 30 million in emergency aid to Gaza,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Telephone: + 47 23 95 00 00
Fax: +47 23 95 00 99

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PO box 8114 Dep.
N-0032 Oslo
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Street address:
7. juni-plassen/ Victoria Terrasse

Contact information

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Telephone: + 47 23 95 00 00
Fax: +47 23 95 00 99

Address

PO box 8114 Dep.
N-0032 Oslo
Norway

Street address:
7. juni-plassen/ Victoria Terrasse