Foreign affairs

Development cooperation

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.

Illustrasjon fra Meld.St.25 (2013-2014) Utdanning for utvikling

Education for all

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.

Bangladesh - vaksineprogram. Foto: Gavi The Vaccine Alliance

Global Health

Norway’s efforts in the area of global health aim both to combat poverty in low-income countries and to strengthen global health preparedness and international cooperation, which also benefit Norway. Norway plays a leading role in the global health arena and is a major donor in this area. The Government has identified combating communicable diseases as one of six priority areas in Norway’s development policy.

From the strategy.

Strategy for disability-inclusive development

The new strategy will guide Norway's efforts to promote disability-inclusive development cooperation in the coming years. The strategy is in line with the core principle of the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind, and with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

What's new

Norwegian support for farmers in Ukraine


Food production in Ukraine is essential for the food security of people in a wide range of countries. Norway is increasing its support to Ukrainian farmers in order to facilitate continued agricultural production.

The Safe Schools Declaration


The Safe Schools Declaration was developed through a process led by Argentina and Norway, with the objective of avoiding military use of schools and strengthen protection of children and education in conflict. The declaration was launched at the Oslo Conference on Safe Schools May 2015. Since the conference, states and civil society work together to increase the number of endorsements and to implement the declaration.


Report to the Storting (white paper)

Oceans in Norway's foreign and ­development policy

This is the first time a Norwegian government has presented a white paper on the place of the seas and oceans in the country’s foreign and development policy. Its aim is to highlight the opportunities the oceans offer for Norway and the challenges we will need to deal with.

Follow-up of the Sustainable Development Goals

Norway regards the 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a transformative global roadmap for our national and international efforts aimed at eradicating extreme poverty while protecting planetary boundaries and promoting prosperity, peace and justice.