The main tasks of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are to promote Norway’s interests internationally and provide assistance to Norwegian nationals abroad. An important part of the Ministry’s work is to make sure that Norway ‘speaks with one voice’ in international forums. In this context, the Ministry works to coordinate the efforts of other ministries and give guidance.
NOK 2.5 billion increase in aid budget for 2019
2018-10-08: ‘The Government intends to maintain a high level of aid and has proposed spending NOK 37.8 billion on aid in 2019. This corresponds to about 1 % of Norway’s gross national income and is NOK 2.5 billion more than in 2018,’ said Minister of International Development Nikolai Astrup.
What the EEA Agreement covers
Norwegians have the same rights and obligations as other EEA citizens when it comes to trade, investments, banking and insurance, and buying and selling services. They also have the same right to work, study and live in other countries in the EEA.
1.6 billion to the Green Climate Fund
Norway will provide NOK 1.6 billion (USD 258 mill) to the Green Climate Fund over the next four years. With this announcement, the total amount pledged to the Fund has now reached the equivalent of USD 9.95 billion.
2018-10-24: On 10 September 2018, the Government launched a strategy for Norway’s efforts in the Sahel region for the period 2018-2020. The strategy sets out the main priorities for a coherent Norwegian policy in the Sahel region, a region that is facing significant challenges relating to security, humanitarian needs and development. The strategy has also been translated into French and English.
2018-10-08: The Government proposes to increase the humanitarian budget by about NOK 250 million in 2019. ‘Norway will be a driving force for rapid and effective humanitarian efforts. In Syria, Yemen, South Sudan and many other countries affected by conflict, natural disasters and other crises, there is a huge need for help,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
2018-10-08: ‘Human rights are coming under increasing pressure in various parts of the world. This is why the Government has proposed an increase of NOK 88 million in its support for promoting human rights in next year’s budget, to a total of NOK 680 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
Meld. St. 36 (2016-2017)
Setting the course for Norwegian foreign and security policy