Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ine Eriksen Søreide (Con.)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Dag-Inge Ulstein (CDP)
Minister of International Development
Topics and insight
Norway for the UN Security Council 2021-2022
Norway is elected as a member of the UN Security Council for the period 2021-2022. The election took place in the UN General Assembly on 17 June 2020. The UN is the most important forum for international cooperation. Norway is a strong supporter, both politically and financially, of the UN’s work to promote peace, development and human rights.
Global education a priority for Norway
Education is a human right for all children regardless of where in the world they live. Despite this, some 64 million children of primary school age and 61 million young people of lower secondary school age are still out of school. Education is vital to fighting poverty and ensuring sustainable development. Education is one of the top priorities of Norwegian development policy.
Major effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic’s economic and social ramifications will be dramatic. Poor countries with weak health systems and vulnerable population groups will likely be the hardest hit in terms of lives lost and economic damage.
Norway’s development efforts are designed to contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which world leaders adopted at the UN summit in 2015. The main aim is to eradicate extreme poverty, ensure inclusive and sustainable development and promote prosperity, peace and justice throughout the world by 2030.
Firstly, the cooperation must help to realise the Government’s vision for our part of the world: a Europe that is secure, free, and economically strong, and where the individual countries take joint responsibility for addressing shared challenges. Secondly, the Government will pursue an effective European policy that enables us to promote Norwegian interests and our vision for Europe as successfully as possible.
News from the Ministry
National Budget 2021
NOK 5.5 billion for humanitarian assistance
07/10/2020: ‘The Government has proposed an overall humanitarian budget of NOK 5.5 billion for 2021. The number of people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection worldwide is higher than ever before,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
Information about travel and coronavirus
03/12/2020: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against non-essential travel to all countries. For now, this advice will remain in effect until 15 January 2021. The Foreign Ministry urges all Norwegian citizens who are travelling abroad to consider returning home as soon as possible, in a safe and calm manner, in consultation with their travel agency or airline.
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