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.
‘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 presenting a white paper on human rights.
In the revised budget, the Government proposes an increase in Norway's support to Syria and its neighbouring countries of NOK 250 million. This means that Norway's total contribution so far this year is NOK 1 billion,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Norway has entered into a new partnership agreement with the World Food Programme (WFP) on core funding of NOK 237 million a year from 2016 to 2019.
‘I welcome the unanimous adoption by the UN Security Council of a resolution endorsing the cessation of hostilities throughout Syria. This is a long-awaited resolution that can help pave the way for a lasting ceasefire and a political solution to this five-year long conflict,’ said Brende.