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  • New ambassadors from DR Congo, Luxembourg and Mauritania

    2017-12-14 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Three new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 14. December 2017.

  • Closer cooperation with Latvia

    2017-12-14 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Today, Norway and Latvia are signing MoUs under the EEA and Norway Grants amounting to EUR 102.1 million. Research and innovation and climate and environment are key priority areas.

  • Troika Statement on Peace Process in South Sudan

    2017-12-13 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • New Research strategy for the Foreign Service and Norad

    2017-11-13 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norwegian foreign, security and development policy must be knowledge-based, and ongoing capability to adjust policy in response to significant global change is vital. Norway's values are permanent, but political choices and actions must match the

  • Norway increases humanitarian aid to Ethiopia

    2017-11-07 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'The humanitarian situation in parts of Ethiopia is dire as a result of long-term drought. Norway is now providing a further NOK 10 million in aid to people in need, and will consider providing additional support on an ongoing basis,' said Minister

  • Norway strengthening cooperation with Greece

    2017-10-31 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Today, Norway and Greece signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on funding totalling EUR 116.7 million under the EEA and Norway Grants. Job creation and business development will be a new and important priority area. The agreement also builds on

  • Exports of defence-related products from Norway in 2016

    2017-10-27 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    In 2016, Norway exported arms and military equipment for around NOK 3.6 billion. This is an increase of 10 % from 2015.

  • New President of Efta Surveillance Authority

    2017-10-25 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Ambassador Bente Angell-Hansen will take over the presidency of the Efta Surveillance Authority on 1 January 2018. 'We look forward to continuing our close, constructive dialogue with the Authority under Ms Angell-Hansen's leadership,' said Minister

  • Norway to increase humanitarian aid for Rohingya crisis

    2017-10-23 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'The situation in the overcrowded refugee camps in Bangladesh is dire. Norway is now providing an additional NOK 25 million for humanitarian efforts to alleviate the Rohingya crisis,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.

  • New ambassadors from Portugal, Lithuania, Kyrgyzstan and Panama

    2017-10-19 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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