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  • Statement by Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide on the situation in Iran

    21/11/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'I am deeply disturbed by reports on death toll and excessive use of violence in Iran. In a meeting with the Iranian embassy today, we urged Iran to respect the right to peaceful protest, freedom of expression, access to information and to

  • Changes among the political advisers

    20/11/2019 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    The Office of the Prime Minister has appointed Mr. Christian Haugen as political adviser to Minister of Public Security Ingvil Smines Tybring‐Gjedde, as of 21 November 2019.

  • UN consensus on strengthening protection of human rights defenders

    19/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A Norwegian-led resolution on human rights defenders has been adopted by consensus in the UN Human Rights Committee. ‘At a time when human rights are coming under severe pressure, it is important that a united UN calls for strengthened protection of

  • Statement by Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide on the situation in Hong Kong

    19/11/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'I am deeply concerned about the situation in Hong Kong and urge the parties to work together to reduce tensions. It is essential that fundamental freedoms are respected and exercised peacefully. Dialogue is the only way forward', says the minister.

  • The oceans could hold the key to future food security

    19/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Office of the Prime Minister

    With better ocean management, it could be possible to harvest and produce more than six times more food from the world’s oceans that we do today, according to a new report.

  • Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide's comments on Israeli settlements

    19/11/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway’s position on the Israeli settlements stands firm and has its basis in a number of UN Security Council resolutions and advisory opinions from the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

  • Foreign Minister on Sri Lanka elections

    18/11/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Congratulations to the people of Sri Lanka on a democratic presidential election and to Gotabaya Rajapakse on being sworn in as president today. Looking forward to continuing our partnership on economic development, democracy and reconciliation',

  • Frode Berg handed over to Norwegian authorities

    15/11/2019 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Frode Berg was handed over to the Norwegian authorities in Lithuania at 11:00 today (Norwegian time). Mr Berg will return home to Norway and will be reunited with his family.

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    Presse Information: Launch of new strategy against non-communicable diseases

    15/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway will launch first-ever strategy to combat non-communicable diseases as a pillar of international health and development cooperation on 22 November.

  • Appointment of members to the Monetary Policy and Financial Stability Committee in Norges Bank

    15/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The King in Council has today appointed Professor Ingvild Almås and economist Jeanette Strøm Fjære as external members of the new committee on monetary policy and financial stability in Norges Bank. Also, Deputy Governor Jon Nicolaisen and Deputy

  • New regulation on requirements for residential mortgage loans

    15/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance has adopted a new regulation on requirements for new residential mortgage loans.

  • Norway to support transit centre for refugees in Rwanda

    14/11/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I have been very moved by the meetings I have had with the inhabitants of the Gashora Transit Centre in Rwanda today. They have been living under atrocious and very dangerous conditions in Libya,’ said Minister of International Development Dag-Inge

  • Norway increases support for sexuality education in developing countries

    14/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education and Research

    ‘Girls and boys need knowledge about their bodies, relationships and living together as well as about health and rights if they are to make good choices and develop positive relationships. This is why Norway is increasing funding for comprehensive

  • Press Information: Global anti-landmine summit in Oslo 25-29 November

    11/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The world has come a long way towards eliminating landmines, but unfortunately there is still a considerable way to go before we reach the goal of a mine-free world. A growing number of civilians are being maimed and killed as a result of renewed

  • Press Information: Media Advisory: The Oslo Review Conference on a Mine-Free World

    11/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Norwegian Government is hosting the 4th Review Conference of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction. The conference takes place in Oslo 25-29 November

  • Bård Vegar Solhjell new Director General of Norad

    08/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Bård Vegar Solhjell was today appointed new Director General of Norad, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. Mr Solhjell will leave his current position as Secretary General of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Norway.

  • Changes among the political advisers

    08/11/2019 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    Political adviser Ms. Maria Kristina Göthner is temporarily appointed as state secretary to Minister of Education and Integration, Mr. Jan Tore Sanner, from 1 January 2020 to 15 May 2020. In the same period the Office of the Prime Minister has

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    08/11/2019 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has appointed political adviser Ms. Maria Kristine Strandskog Göthner as temporarily state secretary to Minister of Education and Integration, Mr. Jan Tore Sanner, in the period that state

  • Costs related to the campaign for a seat on the UN Security Council

    08/11/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The costs directly related to Norway’s campaign for a seat on the UN Security Council amounted to NOK 23,4 million (USD 2,55 million) in the period 2016- 30 June 2019.

  • Major Milestone: Norway declares IOC for F-35A

    06/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Defence

    On November 6th 2019 Norwegian air chief Major General Tonje Skinnarland declared Norway's F-35As operational, after completing a deployment in November meant to validate that they are able to operate the jets away from Norway's home base, Ørland

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