Former State Secretary Hans Brattskar's speeches and articles

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  • Statement by the Norwegian Delegation to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

    Thank you, Madam Chair Land rights, access to land, and resources, are central for the cultural as well as material development of indigenous peoples throughout the world. In order to survive as distinct peoples, indigenous peoples and their

  • Cooperation with the Sami Parliament on international indigenous issues

    The Government places great emphasis on discussing and negotiating about indigenous issues through close cooperation between the Government and representatives of indigenous people. Norwegian attitudes to international indigenous issues are therefore formulated in close cooperation with Sámediggi.

  • The ILO Convention on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

    The main principle in ILO Convention no. 169 on indigenous peoples and tribal peoples in independent countries is the right of indigenous peoples to further develop their culture and the authorities’ obligation to initiate measures to support this work. Norway ratified the convention in 1990.

  • NOK 30 million to new humanitarian innovation programme

    Today, Innovation Norway and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched an innovation programme that will facilitate partnerships between humanitarian organisations and private companies. The aim of the programme is to develop innovative technological solutions that can provide better, more effective help to people affected by humanitarian crises.

  • FK Norway renamed Norec and moved to Førde

    Today, Minister of International Development Nikolai Astrup opened FK Norway’s new head office in Førde and presented the agency’s new name and instructions.

  • Election observation

    Norway is bound by a number of international documents both to invite and to receive national and international election observers.

  • Increased allied training and exercises

    - I am pleased to announce that U.S. and Norwegian authorities recently agreed to extend and increase the rotational training and exercises in Norway for units from the USMC. As a result, the arrangement will continue beyond 2018 and may include up to 700 U.S. marines. In addition to today’s activity at Vaernes, a second location at Setermoen will be added, says Minister of Defense Frank Bakke-Jensen

  • Address at “Is Norway responding well to the rise of India?”

    I will start with the short answer to your big question: Yes, Norway is responding well to the rise of India, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide said in her address at the Norway-India seminar in Arendal.

    By Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide Arendal, 13 August

  • Procedures for Consultations between State Authorities and The Sami Parliament [Norway]

    As an indigenous people, the Sami have the right to be consulted in matters that may affect them directly. In order to ensure that work on matters that may directly affect the Sami is carried out in a satisfactory manner, the Government and the Sami Parliament agree that consultations between State authorities and the Sami Parliament shall be conducted in accordance to the annexed procedural guidelines.

  • Cooperation on Schengen and justice and home affairs

    Norway participates in key aspects of EU cooperation in the area of justice and home affairs, of which the Schengen cooperation is the most important. As a Schengen member state, we are part of an internal free-travel area with a common external border. This is dependent on all participating states implementing and applying the common rules in an effective and responsible manner.

  • Sustainable future - common responsibility

    "How can diplomacy help to embed sustainability in business?",  Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide asked in her opening address at Global Outlook during the Arendal week.

    By Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide Arendal, 13 August

  • Digital strategy for development policy

    ‘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.

  • Consultation duty in Sami matters

    As an indigenous people, the Sami are entitled to be consulted on matters that affect them, this right is enshrined in ILO Convention no. 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries, Article 6. The Agreement on procedures for consultations between the Central Government authorities and Sámediggi sets out detailed procedures for how consultations with Sámediggi shall take place.

  • The foundation for Sámi policy

    National laws and international conventions set the obligations towards the Sami population.

  • Foreign Minister Eriksen Søreide launches new humanitarian strategy

    ‘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.

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    Changes in the Government

    In an extraordinary session of the Council of State today, the King has made changes in the Government.

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    In today’s extraordinary session of the Council of State, the King has made changes in the list of state secretaries.

  • Norway’s Humanitarian Strategy

    "The intention of this strategy is to set the direction for Norway’s humanitarian policy and response in the years ahead, and to highlight key areas for action that are important for meeting the greatest humanitarian challenges of our time", the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of International Development write in the strategy's foreword.

  • Troika Statement on the South Sudan Peace Talks

    The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Norway.

  • Grants for CCS FEED-studies at Fortum Oslo Varme waste incineration plant

    The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy will offer Fortum Oslo Varme grants for FEED-studies of CO2 capture at their waste incineration plant at Klemetsrud in Oslo. The Government has previously granted Norcem funding for FEED-studies of CO2 capture at their cement plant in Brevik.

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