Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ine Eriksen Søreide (Con.)

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Dag-Inge Ulstein (CDP)

Minister of International Development

The main task of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to secure and promote Norway’s interests internationally. Norway’s interests are determined by such factors as its geographical location in a strategically important area, its open economy, its position as a coastal state and steward of substantial marine resources, and its extensive exports of oil and gas.

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Norway for the UNSC: Consistent partner. Common future.

Norway for the UN Security Council 2021-2022

Norway is a candidate for a seat on the UN Security Council for the period 2021-2022. The election will take 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.

Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein at a school in Tigray, Ethiopia. Credit: Kari Eken Wollebæk, MFA

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.

 A woman collects food in Deir Hafer, 60 km from Aleppo in Syria. WFP is working with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to distribute food to the most vulnerable.

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.

Documents

Partner Countries in Development Policy

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.

Strategy for cooperation with the EU 2018-2021

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

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide

Norway elected to the UN Security Council

17/06/2020: Norway is elected as a member of the UN Security Council for the period 2021–2022. ‘The world needs more international cooperation to promote peace and security. We will make use of our seat on the Security Council to strengthen this work,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg. 'The result of the election shows that Norway enjoys broad confidence within the international community', said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.

14-day cumulativ number of reported covid-19 cases  per 100.000. as of 10 July.  Credit: EU

Information about travel and coronavirus

10/07/2020: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against non-essential travel to all countries. For now, this advice will remain in effect until further notice. 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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