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  • Sovereign wealth funds in new climate initiative

    2017-12-12 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    A working group of representatives from a number of sovereign wealth funds has been established at the One Planet Summit in Paris. The group will look into what investors can do to address the financial risks posed by climate change. The Government

  • Brazil sees reduced payments from Norway following increased deforestation in the Amazon

    2017-12-08 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Norway's rainforest payment to Brazil is sharply reduced this year compared with last year. Brazil is paid NOK 350 million (~ USD 42 million) based on the deforestation rate in the Amazon in 2016. The reduction is due to increased deforestation and

  • Norway to provide NOK 420 million to the UN emergency response fund in 2018

    2017-12-08 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norway will increase its contribution to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) from NOK 380 million to NOK 420 million a year for the next four years. 'This will mean greater predictability for our humanitarian partners and more effective

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    2017-12-08 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has appointed Mr. Knut Morten Johansen as state secretary to Minister of Transport and Communications Ketil Solvik-Olsen.

  • Deeply concerned over decision on Jerusalem

    2017-12-06 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'I am deeply concerned that the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital could lead to greater instability in the region and push the parties further away from the negotiation table. The outstanding issues in the conflict between the

  • Norway to maintain its support for UN Refugee Agency

    2017-12-06 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway announced today that it will provide NOK 350 million in core funding for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in 2018.

  • Ministry of Transport and Communications’ State Secretary Tommy Skjervold in Brussels to discuss drivers’ winter driving qualifications and fair competition for freight transport

    2017-12-05 Press release Ministry of Transport and Communications

    - Norway is a country where winters are long and winter driving conditions are tough. We must make sure that everyone who drives on Norwegian roads, particularly heavy vehicle drivers, has the necessary skills to handle these conditions. We also

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    Meeting with Peace Prize winner ICAN

    2017-12-04 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Erna Solberg will meet the Nobel Peace Prize laureate 2017, ICAN, on Monday 11 December.

  • Culling of wolves

    2017-12-01 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    The Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment has allowed for the culling of two wolf packs this winter. In addition, a new decision has been made regrding the licensed culling of wolves outside the designated wolf zone.

  • Agreement on unregulated fishing in the Arctic Ocean

    2017-12-01 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    During the final round of negotiations this week in Washington, D.C., an international agreement was achieved to prevent unregulated fishing in the central Arctic Ocean.

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    2017-12-01 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has of 11 December 2017 honourably discharged Mr. Sigbjørn Aanes as state secretary to Prime Minister Erna Solberg. At the same time, Mr. Rune Alstadsæter has of 11 December been appointed state

  • Troika Statement on Peace Process in South Sudan

    2017-11-30 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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

  • New ambassadors from Japan, Colombia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Yemen

    2017-11-30 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Four new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 30 November 2017.

  • One year since the Colombian peace agreement was signed

    2017-11-28 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Colombia has made important progress since the peace agreement between the Colombian Government and the guerrilla movement Farc was signed, a year ago today. But there are still major challenges to be overcome. Norway and Cuba are guarantor

  • Significant increase in aid to Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, and refugees in neighbouring areas

    2017-11-24 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    According to new figures, refugee-related costs in Norway for 2017 are NOK 1,36 billion lower than projected. The Government has proposed that most of the unused funds should go to parts of the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa that are severely

  • International community joins Norway in supporting human rights defenders

    2017-11-20 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    UN Member States unanimously endorsed the free and independent role of human rights defenders at the UN today. ‘The international community has sent a strong signal. Human rights defenders have a key role to play in strengthening respect for human

  • Norwegian resolution on internally displaced persons adopted in the UN

    2017-11-20 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    More than 40 million people are displaced in their own countries. Norway has put forward a resolution on internally displaced persons, which was adopted in the UN today. 'This resolution is important. It confirms the rights of internally displaced

  • Regarding incident at NATO exercise in Norway

    2017-11-17 Press release Ministry of Defence

    Minister of Defence, Frank Bakke-Jensen says: During a NATO exercise at the Joint Warfare Center in Stavanger an exercise message was published on the internal exercise network. The message was written by a Norwegian national who was hired to work

  • Norway participates in EU Social Summit

    2017-11-17 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    Today Prime Minister Erna Solberg is taking part in the EU Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth in Gothenburg. The participants will discuss how the EU member states can jointly develop and strengthen the social dimension of the EU, and help

  • Advice from Norges Bank on the benchmark index for the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG)

    2017-11-16 News story Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance has today received a recommendation from Norges Bank to remove the oil and gas sector from the equity benchmark index for the GPFG. Decisions on the composition of the benchmark index are made by the Ministry of Finance.