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.
‘Humanitarian action is an important part of the Government’s international engagement, and Norway has increased its humanitarian budget by more than 50 % since 2013. We will maintain a high level of humanitarian funding in the coming years, but changes in the world are making it necessary to rethink our priorities,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
‘I am concerned that the situation for UNRWA, which is already critical, will deteriorate further as a result of President Trump’s decision to end all funding to the organisation,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide after the US decided on 31 August to cut all funding to the organisation.
‘The World Bank has made it clear that we will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 without the use of new technologies in development cooperation. This is the starting point for the digital strategy for development policy that has been drawn up by the Government,’ said Minister of International Development Nikolai Astrup.
Meld. St. 36 (2016-2017)
Setting the course for Norwegian foreign and security policy