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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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.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ine Eriksen Søreide, visits Nato. Credit: Nato

Defending the security architecture in Europe

International law is our first line of defence. But how effective would it be without the institutions and practices that make up our security architecture? Institutions such as Nato, the EU, the OSCE and the Council of Europe? Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide gave her answers at the Leangkollen Conference.

The new MoUs with Cyprus on funding for the new period of the EEA and Norway Grants were signed in the capital, Nicosia. Credit: MFA

Cyprus: New funding period for EEA and Norway Grants

Norway and Cyprus have signed MoUs on funding totalling EUR 11.5 million for the new funding period for the EEA and Norway Grants. In the new period, support will continue to be provided to projects that promote dialogue between the north and south of the island.


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.

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Foreign Minister hosting annual Oslo Forum

11/06/2019: Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide is hosting the annual Oslo Forum on 18 and 19 June, bringing together experts from all over the world for discussions on current peacemaking trends and challenges. More than a hundred of the world’s most prominent conflict mediators, high-level decision-makers and other peace process actors will gather for the 17th edition of the Forum.

Utviklingsminister Dag-Inge Ulstein på feltbesøk i DR Kongo - sammen med bl.a generalsekretæren i Kirkens Nødhjelp, Dagfinn Høybråten. Foto: Gjermund Øystese, UD

Reform of aid management - new model chosen

10/05/2019: The Government has now chosen the model that will be used for reforming Norway’s aid management structure. Norad (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation) will be given responsibility for much of Norway’s aid management, while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will have specific responsibility for policy development, determining the main focus areas for Norway’s aid, and representing Norway in important international arenas.

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