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  • Ola Elvestuen and youth delegate gave joint climate statement

    15/12/2019 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Minister of Climate and Environment Ola Elvestuen shared the floor with youth delegate Sofie Nordvik when he gave his statement at the closing plenary of the climate conference in Madrid on Sunday.

  • Ecuador continues to cut deforestation – rewarded with USD 18 million payment from Germany and Norway

    13/12/2019 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Ecuador has significantly reduced the loss of its natural forests in the last years. The governments of Norway and Germany today announced that they will reward Ecuador for reducing its carbon emissions from deforestation.

  • Norway at the forefront of efforts to share digital public goods

    13/12/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway will work, in all its development efforts, to ensure that developing countries can benefit from the opportunities offered by innovation and new technology. By making use of digital tools and pursuing targeted policies, it will be possible to

  • International support for Sudan’s new transitional government

    12/12/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway and Sudan hosted the Friends of Sudan meeting in Khartoum this week. This is the first time the Friends of Sudan have met in Sudan. Sudan has seen major political changes during the course of the year. After a period of mass demonstrations, a

  • New ambassadors from Egypt, Kosovo and Montenegro

    12/12/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Three new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 12 December 2019.

  • Troika Statement on the Resumption of Peace Talks with Sudan Armed Opposition Groups

    11/12/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On December 10 the various Sudanese armed opposition groups met in Juba to resume peace talks. The success of these talks will be critical in Sudan’s journey towards ensuring lasting peace. The United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway (the

  • Changes in banks’ capital requirements from year-end 2020

    11/12/2019 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance will adopt amendments to banks’ capital requirements effective from year-end 2020, with a two-year transitional rule for smaller banks. The systemic risk buffer requirement will be increased from 3 to 4.5 per cent, and new

  • Colombia, Germany, Norway and the UK step up efforts to stop the destruction of forests in Colombia

    11/12/2019 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Colombia is committing to ambitious goals to reduce deforestation and to launch large-scale programmes in support of forest conservation and ethnic groups. Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom will contribute up to 360 million USD to help Colombia

  • Signing ceremony of the renewed Joint Declaration of Intent: Strengthened efforts to tackle deforestation i Colombia

    10/12/2019 Press release Ministry of Climate and Environment

    On Wedenesday December 11. Colombia, Germany, Norway and UK will announce their joint commitment to step up efforts to protect forests, biodiversity and promote sustainable development.  The signing ceremony will take place at COP25 and the press

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    OECD on Norway: High living standard, appropriate economic policy, but narrower fiscal space

    09/12/2019 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The OECD today presented its biannual survey of the Norwegian economy with recommendations on how to meet challenges ahead. The survey emphasizes that economic growth is robust and economic policy appropriate. Yet, sustaining high levels of economic

  • Changes in the capital requirements for insurers’ residential real estate exposures

    05/12/2019 News story Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance has today adopted an amendment to the Norwegian implementation of the Solvency II framework. The amendment aims to better align the capital requirements for insurers and banks regarding residential real estate exposures.

  • Norway to strengthen cooperation with the UN on marine plastic litter from shipping and fisheries

    05/12/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    ‘In the fight against marine litter, it is vital to strengthen the capacity to prevent pollution from shipping and fisheries in developing countries. Norway is therefore allocating NOK 40 million to a new project under the International Maritime

  • Norway to provide assistance for response to measles outbreak in Samoa

    02/12/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    The Government of Samoa has declared a state of emergency in order to respond to the measles outbreak in the country, which is mainly affecting children. The World Health Organization (WHO) has asked European countries for assistance in responding

  • New Oslo Action Plan to combat landmines

    29/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Under the Norwegian presidency, the new and ambitious Oslo Action Plan is being adopted to step up action against landmines. The Action Plan is an important step towards the goal of a mine-free world by 2025,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine

  • Joint statement on joining Instex by Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden

    29/11/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden are in the process of becoming shareholders of the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (Instex), they say in a joint statement.

  • Members of the Executive Board of Norges Bank

    29/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The King in Council has today appointed members to the Executive Board of Norges Bank (the central bank of Norway). Deputy Governor Jon Nicolaisen and Deputy Governor Egil Matsen have been appointed First Deputy Chair and Second Deputy Chair,

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    29/11/2019 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has appointed Mr. Alf Erik Bergstøl Andersen as state secretary to Minister of Justice and Immigration, Mr. Jøran André Smedal Kallmyr. Mr. Tom Staahle is appointed as state secretary to Minister

  • New ambassadors from Afghanistan and Seychelles

    28/11/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Two new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 28 November 2019.

  • New report to the Storting on state ownership

    22/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    The new ownership policy facilitates value creation, today and in future. In the policy, the Government has developed and clarified its expectations of the companies, for example as regards transparency, diversity and responsible business conduct.

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    22/11/2019 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has appointed Ms. Inger Klippen as temporarily state secretary to Minister of Health, Mr. Bent Høie, from 1 January to 4 October 2020.

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