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  • New ambassadors from Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Ecuador and Ghana

    2018-04-19 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Four new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 19 April 2018.

  • New funding period for EEA and Norway Grants with Slovenia

    2018-04-17 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Today, Norway and Slovenia are signing MoUs on funding totalling EUR 37.7 million for the new funding period for the EEA and Norway Grants. The main focus areas are climate and education.

  • Action against Syrian chemical weapons

    2018-04-14 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The world has stood unified in condemnation of chemical weapons since the atrocities of World War I. The action taken by France, the United Kingdom and the United States against Syria last night is a clear signal that the use of such weapons has

  • Norway provides additional humanitarian aid to Yemen

    2018-04-03 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide took part in the UN international donor conference for Yemen today. 'This is currently the world's worst humanitarian crisis,' she said. 'It is absolutely essential that civilians are ensured

  • Norwegian response to use of a nerve agent in the UK

    2018-03-26 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The use of a nerve agent in Salisbury is a very serious matter. This is the first time a chemical weapon has been used on European soil since World War II. Such an incident must have consequences. Norway stands together with the United Kingdom,

  • Government wants Arctic internet

    2018-03-23 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Today, broadband coverage in the High North is poor and unstable. The Government now wants Norwegian satellites to make broadband communications available in the Arctic.

  • Mobilisation for energy and clean water to Gaza

    2018-03-20 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'The international community has now mobilised to secure more drinking water and energy for Gaza. This is an important step towards improved living conditions for the people of Gaza. At the same time, it is crucial that all parties now work to

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs Eriksen Søreide on the nerve agent attack in the United Kingdom

    2018-03-15 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I would like to express our solidarity with the United Kingdom following the shocking nerve agent attack in Salisbury. All use of such nerve agents is forbidden under the Chemical Weapons Convention. This attack is a breach of international law and

  • New ambassadors from Italy, Poland, the Philippines and Bangladesh

    2018-03-15 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Fours new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 15 March 2018.

  • Four years since Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea

    2018-03-14 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol violated fundamental principles of international law. It has therefore had major consequences not just for Ukraine but also for the international order and for global security,' said State

  • Norway to increase support to the Western Balkans by NOK 140 million in 2018

    2018-03-07 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is almost doubling its development assistance to the Western Balkans, with an increase from NOK 175 million in 2017 to NOK 319 million in 2018.

  • Norway increases funding for UN human rights efforts

    2018-02-26 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Today, Norway entered into a four-year agreement on support for UN human rights efforts. 'Human rights and democracy are under considerable pressure in many parts of the world. It is therefore important that Norway is increasing its support to the

  • Norway supports civilian capacity building for the G5 Sahel joint force

    2018-02-23 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The increased funding will go to a civilian component of the G5 Sahel cooperation, including capacity building within international humanitarian law and human rights.

  • Norwegian Government calls on aid sector to intensify efforts to prevent sexual exploitation

    2018-02-21 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide and Minister of International Development Nikolai Astrup are urging all partner organisations that receive funding from Norway to intensify their efforts to prevent sexual harassment, violence and

  • Norway concerned over State of Emergency in Ethiopia

    2018-02-21 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'As a good friend and strategic partner of Ethiopia I was concerned when learning of the re-imposition of a State of Emergency in Ethiopia, so soon after the last State of Emergency was lifted,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.

  • HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit to visit New York on 7-8 March

    2018-02-14 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit will visit New York on 7-8 March. On 7 March, she will present Innovation Norway's Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award. On International Women's Day, 8 March, she will give the opening speech at a global event hosted

  • Norway to increase support to Iraq to USD 44 million

    2018-02-14 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Iraqi cities have been freed from the terrorist group ISIL's control. We are now increasing our aid to the liberated areas, so that even more internally displaced people can return home safely,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide,

  • Crown Prince Haakon to visit Texas on 13-14 March

    2018-02-13 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    HRH Crown Prince Haakon will visit Austin, Texas, on 13-14 March, to participate at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference. He will be accompanied by a number of Norwegian entrepreneurs, representatives of technology companies and players

  • New ambassadors from Georgia, the United States and New Zealand

    2018-02-08 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Three new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 8 February 2018.

  • Norway pledges NOK two billion to the Global Partnership for Education

    2018-02-02 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norway is one of the largest donors to the Global Partnership for Education and we urge other donors to increase their support. Together we will continue our efforts to ensure that all children and young people have access to education, especially