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  • The Foreign Minister on terror in Borno, Nigeria

    29/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'I am appalled and deeply concerned about news from Borno, Nigeria. Death toll continues to rise after the horrific massacre on Saturday. Norway strongly condemns terrorism and attacks on civilians', said the Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide.

  • The Foreign Minister on the situation in Tigray, Ethiopia

    29/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'It is urgent to open transport and communication lines to Tigray, Ethiopia. The UN and humanitarian actors must have safe and unhindered access to the civilian population. Embassies need access to provide consular services to their citizens'. said

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

    28/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Reports on fighting in Mekelle are of grave concern. Together with the international community, not least the African Union, we urge the parties to show restraint and protect civilians', says Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide.

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    A policy for growth and stability – for the people in the north and for the whole country

    27/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Children and Families, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Office of the Prime Minister

    Ensuring that North Norway is a strong, vibrant region is important not only for the north, but also for the country as a whole. This is the message of the eight Government ministers who presented the new white paper on Norway’s Arctic policy today.

  • Changes in the travel advice for certain hospital districts in Finland

    26/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now advising against non-essential travel to the following hospital districts in Finland: the Central Finland Hospital District, North Karelia Hospital District, Pirkanmaa Hospital District and Päijät-Häme Hospital

  • Support for peace, stabilisation and development efforts in Afghanistan

    25/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘As one the world’s poorest countries, Afghanistan will continue to be an important partner for Norwegian development assistance. Norway will maintain a high level of aid until the end of 2024, and has allocated approximately NOK 650 million to

  • Norway increases support for civilians fleeing from Tigray

    25/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am very concerned about the grave humanitarian consequences of the conflict in the Tigray region in Ethiopia. The civilian population has been severely affected, and thousands of people are being forced to flee every day. Norway will provide

  • Norway deeply concerned about situation in Tigray, Ethiopia

    25/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norway is deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation in Tigray, Ethiopia and the regional impact. We call the parties to immediately put down weapons and resort to dialogue', said Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide.

  • Norway implements the 2019 "Basel amendments" on plastic waste

    24/11/2020 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    The 2019 amendments of the Basel Convention, introducing new and stronger, legally binding international control on the transboundary movements of certain types of plastic wastes, are translated into Norwegian law, just in time for the 1.1.2021

  • Calls for countries to consider a global agreement to prevent plastic pollution

    24/11/2020 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Plastic pollution is not being effectively addressed by the current international legal and policy framework. Expert Group request UN to consider new global agreement.

  • Brexit: Norway and the United Kingdom agree on enforcement of judgements in civil matters

    20/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    Norway and the United Kingdom signed an agreement today ensuring that Norwegian civil judgements can in the future be recognized or enforced in the United Kingdom.

  • Norway introduces restrictive measures against Alexander Lukashenko

    20/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Norwegian Government has decided to introduce restrictive measures against the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko.

  • Norway concerned about political violence in Uganda

    19/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norway is concerned about the political violence in the electoral campaigns in Uganda, and I offer my condolences to the victims. In line with the High Representative of EU Josep Borrell Fontelles, Norway urges the Government of Uganda to ensure

  • Changes in the travel advice for a hospital district in Finland

    19/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now advising against non-essential travel to the Etelä- Savo Hospital District in Finland.

  • Announcement of the 25th licensing round

    19/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    Today, the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announces the 25th licensing round on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

  • Norway welcomes pledge to resume Israeli-Palestinian cooperation

    18/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Norway welcomes the renewed pledge for cooperation based on the signed Israeli-Palestinian bilateral agreements. I hope this will pave the way for a new and more constructive phase in the relationship between the two parties,’ said Minister of

  • Norway shares concerns over developments in Peru

    17/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norway shares Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ concerns over developments in Peru, including excessive use of force by police and loss of lives', says Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide.

  • Statement on Israeli settlement expansion in Givat Hamatos

    17/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'I am deeply concerned by the decision of the Israeli authorities on 15 November to open the bidding process for the construction of 1257 housing units in a new settlement in Givat Hamatos. If constructed, the settlement would be situated on

  • The Foreign Minister on the violence in Tigray, Ethiopia

    14/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norway urges the parties to the conflict in Ethiopia to stop the violence in Tigray. Hostilities and hate speech must give way to dialogue. Safe and unhindered humanitarian access and lifting the information blockade are important first steps',

  • The Foreign Minister on the general elections in  Myanmar

    14/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Congratulations to the National League for Democracy and Aung San Suu Kyi on winning the general elections in Myanmar. The high voter turnout shows people’s commitment to the reform process. Norway expects the next government to use this mandate to