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  • UN establishes new Special Rapporteur on right to privacy

    30.03.2015 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The UN Human Rights Council has decided to create the mandate of a new Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy. ‘All people must be able to use the internet and new technology without running the risk of being persecuted or suffering reprisals,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Licensing rounds

    27.03.2015 Article Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    Licensing rounds entail that Norwegian and foreign oil companies are invited to apply for production licences for defined areas within a given deadline.

  • Norway’s climate target for 2030

    27.03.2015 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Today, Norway submitted its 2030 climate target to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. In December this year, a new global climate agreement is to be concluded at the UN Climate Conference in Paris. All countries are invited to submit their intended nationally determined contributions, containing emissions reductions targets, well in advance of Paris and by March 2015 for those ready to do so. Norway is the third country to submit its intended contribution, after Switzerland and the EU. Norway is committed to a target of an at least 40% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

  • Norway adjusts its Ebola response

    26.03.2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway has provided more than NOK 500 million to the efforts to fight Ebola in West Africa. The infection rate is now greatly reduced. Norway is therefore scaling down its efforts in cooperation with the authorities in the countries concerned and the UN. This means that Norwegian health workers will return to Norway at the end of March.

  • Norway increases funding for UN human rights work

    26.03.2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is providing NOK 90 million to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. This is an increase of NOK 10 million compared with last year. ‘Strengthening the UN’s human rights work is vital, particularly at a time when these rights are under increasing pressure globally,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Building links to deliver energy security and prosperity

    26.03.2015 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    The UK and Norway have worked in partnership for many decades to create a strong North Sea oil and gas sector, which continues to provide many thousands of jobs and shared infrastructure that delivers safe and secure energy supplies.

  • Monitoring report on Local and regional democracy in Norway

    26.03.2015 Speech/article Kommunal- og moderniseringsdepartementet

    Statement by Jardar Jensen, State Secretary at the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation, Norway at Plenary sitting 28th Session of the Congress Council of Europe

    By Jardar Jensen

  • Norway’s 21th/22nd report to the United Nations on Norway’ implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

    25.03.2015 Report Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion

    The report covers the period 2009 – 2013 and was completed in September 2013. The report consists of two separate reports, the CERD specific report, and the Common Core Document. In accordance with the guidelines for preparing periodic reports, we

  • About the Ministry

    25.03.2015 Article Ministry of Culture

    The Ministry of Culture is responsible for matters relating to culture, church, the media (films, broadcasting, press and copyright), sport, gaming and lotteries and the voluntary sector.

  • Joint Statement on the National Dialogue in Sudan

    24.03.2015 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The members of the Troika (the United States, the United Kingdom and Norway) have issued a joint statement where they continue to support a process of National Dialogue in Sudan.

  • International cooperation against fisheries crime

    24.03.2015 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    Globally, illegal and unregulated fishing is worth more than 20 billion US dollars. A new international cooperation against fisheries crime is founded today.

  • Crimea is part of Ukraine

    21.03.2015 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘A year ago today, President Putin tried to legitimise the annexation of Crimea and change the Ukrainian and Russian borders with the stroke of a pen. This was the first time since the Second World War that an attempt has been made to move borders in this manner,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Norway and the EU's areas of cooperation

    Landing page Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway and the EU cooperate extensively in many different fields. Click on the boxes below to learn more about the areas in which we cooperate, and the extent of our cooperation.

  • European leadership in a time of crisis

    19.03.2015 Speech/article Utenriksdepartementet

    'With the current critical situation in Europe, I am really looking forward to hearing his (Edgars Rinkevics) perspectives on the European role and the need for European leadership in addressing these challenges', said Minister Vidar Helgesen in his introduction of the Latvian foreign minister at Norwegian Institute of International Affairs' seminar 19 March.

  • Brexit: a Norwegian view

    19.03.2015 Speech/article Utenriksdepartementet

    'British leadership is needed to help Europe become stronger, more free and more prosperous', writes Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Vidar Helgesen in this article.

    By Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Vidar Helgesen

  • Visit from the Latvian Minister of Culture

    19.03.2015 News story Ministry of Culture

    On 19. March, Minister Widvey met with the Latvian Minister of Culture, Dace Melbārde. Melbārde was in Oslo on the occasion of the Latvian state visit to Norway.

  • Norway increases humanitarian support to Syria, provides USD 93 million

    18.03.2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The humanitarian crisis in Syria is escalating. The Government is now providing USD 93 million to support efforts in Syria and the neighbouring countries. Children are the hardest hit. USD 18.6 million of these funds will be earmarked for education and child protection efforts,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Norway does not recognise 'treaty' between Russian Federation and South Ossetia region of Georgia

    18.03.2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Russia's signing of agreements on alliance and integration with the breakaway regions of Georgia will not help to promote security and stability in the region. The agreements violate Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. I therefore denounce today's signing of a 'treaty' between Russia and the Georgian region of South Ossetia,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Foreign Minister condemns terrorist attack in Tunis

    18.03.2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I condemn the terrorist attack in Tunis today in the strongest possible terms. The attack claimed the lives of many innocent people, and our thoughts and sympathy go to all those who have lost their loved ones, and to the Tunisian people,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende condemns the use of chlorine weapons in Syria

    18.03.2015 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    We regularly receive reports that the Assad regime is dropping barrel bombs on towns and villages. These homemade bombs indiscriminately hit schools, mosques and residential areas, causing even more suffering to the Syrian civilian population, who have already endured so much. We have recently seen heart-rending pictures which seem to indicate that chlorine has been used in some of these bombs.