Published under: Stoltenberg's 2nd Government
Publisher Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The promotion of human rights and democratic principles is at the heart of Norwegian foreign policy. This policy is implemented both in international forums such as the UN, the OSCE and the Council of Europe, and at country level.
‘Human rights are under pressure internationally. Norway will therefore step up its efforts to promote and protect human rights,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende when he presented a white paper on human rights in Norway’s foreign and development policy.
On Friday 28 March, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a draft resolution introduced by Norway, and extended the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders for a period of three years.
The promotion of human rights is a key component of Norway’s foreign and development policy. As part of its efforts to ensure an integrated human rights policy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has published several sets of guidelines on different aspects of human rights.
28.02.17: State Secretary Marit Berger Røsland delivered Norway's speech at the Annual High-Level Panel at the Human Rights Council's session in Geneva.
10.12.16: Today is Human Rights Day. “In addition to celebrating all the progress made every day, we have to roll up our sleeves and work to preserve and strengthen implementation of the rights the world community agreed on in 1948. Each and every one of us is responsible for this,” says Børge Brende.
22.11.16: State Secretary Elsbeth Tronstad's statement at a seminar about the main human rights challenges in Europe.