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 1.4 billion increase in aid budget
07/10/2019: Budget 2020: The Government has proposed to increase the total aid budget from NOK 37.8 billion to NOK 39.2 billion. The Government will intensify Norway’s work to promote achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and its climate-related efforts, with an emphasis on the fight against hunger and poverty.
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.
Program to Combat Marine Litter and Microplastics
In 2018, the Norwegian government launched a new development programme to combat marine litter and microplastics. The programme is intended to contribute to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14.1 which states that by 2025, the world should prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds.
Related topics and insights
13/09/2019: The 74th session of the UN General Assembly opened 17 September. The most important for Norway is to promote binding international cooperation and safeguard the multilateral system and promote the country's candidature for a seat in the UN Security Council 2021-2022.
25/07/2019: Mona Juul, Norway’s Ambassador to the UN, has been elected President of the UN Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc) for a one-year period. Ecosoc is the UN’s central platform for sustainable development. The President of Ecosoc plays a key role in the UN, with responsibility for following up the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the financing for development agenda.
Rules-based international cooperation makes the world safer and more stable. Norway’s security, economy and prosperity depends on it. At the same time, international cooperation is under pressure. The white paper on Norway’s role and interests in multilateral cooperation will guide Norwegian multilateral policy in the coming years.
The Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security sets out Norway’s policy for following up the resolutions on women, peace and security. These Guidelines are an aid for the foreign service missions, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norad – a tool that will help to translate policy into practice. The Guidelines supplement the Action Plan and must be read together with it.