State Secretary Bård Glad Pedersen's speeches and articles

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  • Unacceptable glorification of terrorist attacks

    A Palestinian women’s centre in the village of Burqa on the West Bank has recently been named after Dalal Mughrabi. Dalal Mughrabi took part in a terrorist attack in Israel in 1978 that killed 37 civilians, including many children. The centre has received funding from Norway via the Palestinian Election Commission and UN Women to promote the participation of women in elections.

  • Air services negotiations with Iran

    Norway will, together with Denmark and Sweden, hold air services negotiations with Iran on 29 - 30 May 2017 in Copenhagen. The main purpose of the negotiations is to modernize and liberalize the existing air services agreements between the Scandinavian countries and Iran.

  • NATO, in need of reform

    “Never again.” This was the reaction in Norway and Denmark after World War II, a sentiment that has echoed for generations. We have learned from our history that we as small and open democracies back then and today are dependent on strong Allies to guarantee our freedom. For this reason, our countries were founding members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and strong defenders of liberal values during the Cold War. Together with Iceland, our two countries are NATO in the Nordic region.

    By Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide

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    IMF: - Norway’s economy is recovering

    Norway’s economy is beginning to recover, says The International Monetary Fund (IMF). The recovery is supported by strong domestic demand and accommodative macroeconomic policies.

  • Norway condemns terrorist attack in Manchester

    ‘Norway condemns the terrorist attack in Manchester in the strongest possible terms. Our deepest sympathies go to those who have been affected and their families,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Building health systems in the era of sustainable development

    Honourable President, Director General, distinguished delegates, Norway extends its condolences to The United Kingdom for the attack in Manchester last night. Our thoughts are with you on this this difficult day. On her last Health Assembly as

    By Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie Seventieth World Health Assembly (WHA70)

  • Opening remarks at Oslo Freedom Forum

    Opening remarks by Prime Minister Erna Solberg at Oslo Freedom Forum, 23 May 2017.

    By Prime Minister Erna Solberg

  • Norway signs cooperation agreement with Portugal on blue and green growth

    Norway and Portugal have signed a new cooperation agreement under the EEA and Norway Grants, for a total of more than NOK 900 million. Of this amount, NOK 550 million (EUR 62 million) will be used to strengthen business, research and climate cooperation.

  • Water intrusion at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

    The Royal Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Statsbygg, Norway are implementing measures to prevent the season-dependent intrusion of water into the seed vault’s access tunnel. Until then: When water intrudes into the outer part of the seed vault, the water is immediately pumped out again by pumps that work around the clock. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is the world's backup for crop collections. It currently safeguards more than 930,000 different varieties. The seeds are completely safe and no damage has been done to the facility. Globally, the Seed Vault is, and will continue to be, the safest backup of crop diversity.

  • Norway supporting efforts to fight cholera outbreak in Yemen

    'The cholera outbreak in Yemen comes on top of an armed conflict and famine that are affecting a large proportion of the population. Norway is therefore increasing its humanitarian support to Yemen by NOK 10 million, and will continue to follow the situation closely,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • The Norwegian government invites you to take part in the fight against antimicrobial resistance

    The fight against antimicrobial resistance cannot be won by a single country. That is why the Norwegian Minister of Health- and Care Services, Mr. Bent Høie, the Minister of Agriculture and Food Mr. Jon Georg Dale and the Minister of Fisheries Mr. Per Sandberg will gather high level international and Nordic stakeholders and experts to a seminar about the fight against antibiotic resistance with an One Health approach.

  • Statement at the Council of Europe, Ministerial Session

    Statement by Norway, delivered by State Secretary Ms Tone Skogen at the Council of Europe, 127th Ministerial Session in Nicosia 19 May 2017.

    By State Secretary Tone Skogen Council of Europe. 127th Ministerial Session, Nicosia 19 May 2017

  • The Norwegian government invites you to take part in the fight against antimicrobial resistance

    The fight against antimicrobial resistance cannot be won by a single country. That is why the Norwegian Minister of Health- and Care Services, Mr. Bent Høie, the Minister of Agriculture and Food Mr. Jon Georg Dale and the Minister of Fisheries Mr. Per Sandberg will gather high level international and Nordic stakeholders and experts to a seminar about the fight against antibiotic resistance with an One Health approach.

  • Fostering decent work for sustainable global supply chains

    Statement by Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Anniken Hauglie at G20 Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting May 19th 2017.

    By Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Anniken Hauglie

  • EU-Norway relations

    State Secretary Elsbeth Tronstad's keynote speech at the conference 'ARENA/COMOS conference: Towards a differentiated Europe' held at the University of Oslo on 18 May 2017.

    By State Secretary Elsbeth Tronstad Joint Conference of COMOS, CETEUS/University of Cologne and ARENA/University of Oslo

  • Shaping the Future of Work

    Statement by Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Anniken Hauglie at G20 Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting May 18th 2017.

    By Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Anniken Hauglie G20 Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting

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    Joshua French has arrived in Norway

    ‘I am very glad to be able to confirm that the Congolese authorities decided yesterday to transfer Joshua French to Norway. Mr French arrived in Norway today and is now receiving necessary medical attention. The strain on Mr French and those closest to him has been huge, and I am relieved that he is now back in Norway,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

  • Minister of Petroleum and Energy in Berlin

    On Tuesday 16 May, the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Søviknes is visiting Berlin, to speak at a breakfast seminar with German parliamentarians.

  • Business for Peace Summit 2017

    Speech by Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the Business for Peace Summit in Oslo, 16 May 2017.

    By Prime Minister Erna Solberg Sentralen in Oslo

  • Opening Speech at Oslo Peace Center

    Speech at Annual Conference at Oslo Peace Center.

    By Prime Minister Erna Solberg