The Government takes an integrated approach to Norway’s foreign and development policy. Our development policy is designed to promote economic development, democratisation, implementation of human rights, good governance and measures that can lift people out of poverty for good. Priority is given to education, humanitarian assistance, health and vaccination, private sector development, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and human rights.
Education is a human right for all children in all parts of the world. But a great deal remains to be done – 58 million children of primary school age and 70 million young people are still out of school.
Norway plays a leading role in efforts to promote global health. Improving the health of the world’s population is essential for reducing poverty.
Kenya has requested assistance from Norway in developing its petroleum sector. Through the programme Oil for Development, Norway will support Kenya in improving management of its natural resources and protection of the environment.
05.04.17: Access to renewable energy is crucial for sustainable development and job creation in poor countries. In the white paper on the Sustainable Development Goals and Norwegian development policy, the Government therefore proposes a doubling of its funding for renewable energy.
05.04.17: The overall aims of Norwegian aid are to fight poverty and alleviate suffering. The UN Sustainable Development Goals are bringing the countries of the world together in a concerted effort to eliminate poverty by 2030.
'The Government is stepping up its efforts to promote Norway's ocean interests. We intend to make sustainable use of the oceans a global priority,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. This is the first time a Norwegian government has presented a white paper on the place of the oceans in foreign and development policy.
Report to the Storting (white paper)