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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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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.

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.

General Debate Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

'While shaping the post-2015 development agenda, we must not forget that our most immediate priority is to achieve the current Millennium Development Goals before the end of 2015', Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende said in his speech in New York on 7 July.

Final effort to reach the Millennium Development Goals

‘The world has come a long way towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals, but we must speed up our efforts in all areas before the 2015 deadline,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Together with the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, she is today co-chairing the first meeting of the UN Secretary-General’s MDG Advocacy Group to be held in Africa.

Norway working to remove fossil fuel subsidies

Boost for education in Malawi

Malawi is the first pilot country to receive support through the Government’s global education effort. ‘Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. Norway will provide around NOK 100 million annually to strengthen the country’s education sector. In cooperation with the authorities and other partners in education, Norway will help a new generation of children in Malawi to have a better future,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

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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

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