Published under: Stoltenberg's 2nd Government
Publisher Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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.
'Gender equality and women's rights are key to promoting development. A new era requires new answers, and we are now modernising our approach to these issues. I am therefore pleased to present a new ambitious Action Plan for Women's Rights and Gender Equality in Foreign and Development Policy,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
The Government proposes an increase in funding for global health efforts of NOK 150 million in next year's budget. This would provide a total of more than NOK 3 billion for measures to improve maternal and child health, and to fight AIDS, tuber-culosis and malaria, among other things.
State Secretary Tore Hattrem's speech at the Nepal-network's seminar in Oslo 25 April on Nepal as a priority country for Norwegian development aid.