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  • Norway to provide NOK 135 million in emergency aid to South Sudan

    2017-02-22 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The humanitarian crisis in South Sudan is now so severe that the UN has declared a famine in parts of the country. ‘The situation is acute. We must act now to save lives. Norway is therefore providing NOK 135 million for emergency relief efforts in

  • Mid-Term Review of the EEA and Norway Grants 2009-2014

    2017-02-22 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The EEA and Norway Grants 2009-14 will deliver agreed results and produce long-term impacts when the funding period terminates later this year, an independent mid-term review concludes.

  • Government increases support for women's health and safe abortion

    2017-02-18 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norway plays a leading role in the work to promote global health, and is one of the largest donors to gender equality and women's health efforts. The Government is increasing its support for family planning and safe abortion by NOK 85 million

  • Sudan – joint Troika statement

    2017-02-17 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    In a joint statement the Troika (USA, United Kingdom and Norway) expresses its continued support to the African Union led peace process.

  • Norway provides NOK 64 million for efforts to prevent famine in Somalia

    2017-02-14 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Somalia has once again been hit by a severe drought, which could quickly develop into a famine. 'A large proportion of the population is affected by the drought, and over six million people are in need of food aid. Norway is now increasing its

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    Media advisory for the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region

    2017-02-14 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is co-hosting the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on 24 February, together with Germany, Nigeria and the UN. The deadline for applications for media accreditation is 21 February.

  • Norway and the EU single market

    2017-02-13 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement ensures that Norway can take part in the EU single market, and thus benefit from the free movement of persons, goods, services and capital. It guarantees non-discrimination and equal rules and competition

  • Peace talks under way between ELN guerrilla group and Colombian Government

    2017-02-07 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘It is very good news that the Colombian Government and the guerrilla group ELN have now started formal negotiations. A lasting peace settlement in Colombia will not be possible unless the ELN are also on board,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs

  • Foreign Minister Brende strongly criticises Israeli expropriation law

    2017-02-07 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Israel's adoption of a law legalising settlements built on privately-owned Palestinian land, in violation of international law, is deeply worrying,' said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

  • Foreign Minister Brende in Afghanistan

    2017-02-04 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende is visiting Kabul today for meetings with President Ashraf Ghani, Acting Prime Minister Abdullah Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani and Minister of Finance Eklil Ahmad Hakimi, among

  • Norway congratulates Morocco on its membership in the African Union (AU)

    2017-02-03 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Foreign Minister Børge Brende welcomes the decision by the African Union (AU) to accept Morocco as a member.

  • 'Denial of entry to Russia is deeply regrettable'

    2017-02-01 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'It is deeply regrettable that some members of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence will not be allowed to visit Russia, despite having received an invitation from the Chair of the Council of the Federation Committee for Foreign

  • Norway and Malta sign new agreements on EEA and Norway grants

    2017-02-01 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway and Malta have signed new agreements on Norway's contribution to social inclusion and poverty reduction. Refugees and migrants will be an important target group.

  • Troika statement after declaration from the AU, Igad and UN on South Sudan

    2017-01-31 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Joint statement from UK, US and Norway welcoming the joint declaration from the AU, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) and the UN expressing concern about continued fighting and violence in South Sudan.

  • The Philippines: Third round of peace talks

    2017-01-26 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'I would like to congratulate the Philippine Government and the communist movement NDFP on having completed a constructive third round of peace talks. Both sides are still showing great willingness to find a solution to the conflict. I am pleased

  • Solution in sight for organic salmon

    2017-01-25 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    A solution is in sight for Norwegian organic salmon after Iceland today dropped its requests for adaptations to the EU rules.

  • The Nordic region – the most integrated region in the world

    2017-01-23 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'We are taking over the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers at a time when the world is rapidly changing. Strategic Nordic cooperation is essential, and benefits all the Nordic countries,' said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs and Minister

  • New ambassadors from Switzerland, Iraq, the Czech Republic and Rwanda

    2017-01-19 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Four new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 19. January 2017

  • The Colombian government and the ELN have agreed to start peace talks

    2017-01-18 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am very pleased that the Colombian government and the guerrilla group ELN have overcome the latest obstacles and that formal negotiations can commence,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. The Colombian government and the ELN agreed

  • New round of peace talks between Philippine Government and communist movement NDFP

    2017-01-18 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am pleased that representatives of the Philippine Government and the communist movement NDFP are now meeting for a new round of talks. Despite challenges along the way, the parties have shown great willingness and dedication over the last six