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.
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.
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.
The Government's proposed aid budget for 2018 is bigger than ever before and amounts to NOK 35.1 billion. This is NOK 1.3 billion more than in 2017. We are intensifying our efforts to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and giving priority to areas that we know promote long-term development, growth and stability.
UN Member States have unanimously endorsed the free and independent role of human rights defenders. ‘The international community has sent a strong signal. Human rights defenders have a key role to play in strengthening respect for human rights all around the world,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
More than 40 million people are displaced in their own countries. Norway has put forward a resolution on internally displaced persons, which has been adopted in the UN. 'This resolution is important. It confirms the rights of internally displaced people, and highlights the importance of ensuring better protection,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
18 September 2017 was the 20th anniversary of the adoption in Oslo of the Mine Ban Convention. Norway is one of the five largest donors to mine clearance efforts, together with the US, Japan, the EU and the Netherlands. Our high level of engagement relates to our commitments under the Mine Ban Convention and the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
Meld. St. 36 (2016-2017)
Setting the course for Norwegian foreign and security policy