Norway condemns attacks on civilians and UN personnel in South Sudan

“Norway condemns the killing and injuring of civilians in South Sudan in recent days. These attacks are clear violations of the Cessation of Hostilities agreement, which both parties to the conflict have signed. Leaders on both sides of South Sudan’s conflict are responsible for bringing an end to the violence and unrest immediately,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Deeply worrying developments in eastern Ukraine

“Developments in eastern Ukraine over the last 24 hours give cause for concern. It is deeply regrettable that once again people have been killed as a result of the political conflict in the country,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Norway to host donor conference for South Sudan

“South Sudan is experiencing a humanitarian crisis as a result of the armed conflict in the country. We cannot simply stand by and watch this happen. In response to a request from the UN, Norway will hold a conference in Oslo in May to mobilise resources for alleviating this serious crisis,” says Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Assessment of the Status of Implementation of the Programme of Action of the ICPD

"We will continue our political and financial support, and put education and health, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, at the top of the development agenda", political adviser Ingrid Skjøtskift said in the statement at General debate on National Experiences in Population Matter in New York on 8 April 2014.

Address at open meeting on Eritrea

- Norway is well placed to keep an open and honest dialogue with Asmara on the direction of the country. We continue to believe that we can play a constructive although limited role and we think that we by continuing a dialogue are serving the interests of the Eritrean people, said State Secretary Hans Brattskar in his address at the meeting.

Opening speech at the presentation of Asian Development Outlook 2014

- I would like to thank the ADB for keeping us up-to-date on the developments in Asia and the Pacific. Your analytical capacity and knowledge sharing is highly appreciated, said State Secretary Hans Brattskar in his opening speech at the Asian Development Bank's presentation of Asian Development Outlook 2014.

Celebrate Progress for Girls and Women

Women Deliver and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in support of Every Woman Every Child, co-hosted an event at the Commission on Population and Development in New York, 7 April 2014.

A sound and responsible management of the Government Pension Fund

"The Government is today presenting a report to Parliament (Storting) on the management of the Government Pension Fund in 2013. - The Fund has served us well and it gives important contributions to the financing of our welfare state", says Minister of Finance Siv Jensen.

Change among the state secretaries

In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has appointed Mr. Lars Jacob Hiim, as state secretary to Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland. At the same time Mr. Eirik Lae Solberg has been honourably discharged from the same office.

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global - a financial investor, not a political policy tool

Over the last few months Norway has witnessed a political debate about whether the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) should divest from all coal or petroleum companies. Today we announce that we have asked an Expert Group to look at how we should address the issue of climate gas emissions from coal and petroleum companies. The Expert Group's conclusions will be presented in Autumn 2014. However, independently of its recommendations, the GPFG will continue to be a well-diversified, global financial investor and not a policy tool, says Minister of Finance Siv Jensen.