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  • 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.

  • Substantial increase in support for religious minorities

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Around 70 % of the world's population live in countries where there are restrictions on freedom of religion and belief. We will therefore continue to step up our support for efforts to promote freedom of religion and belief, to the benefit of

  • Government to double support for Western Balkans

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Strengthening the rule of law and promoting democratic and economic development in the Western Balkans are very important. I am pleased to announce that the Government intends to double Norway's aid to the region from NOK 175 million in 2017 to NOK

  • Norway's peace and reconciliation efforts to be stepped up

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norwegian engagement in peace and reconciliation work is more important than ever, and the Government is proposing to step up these efforts in 2018. At the same time, we intend to increase our support for implementation of the Colombian peace

  • NOK 150 million for development programme to combat plastic and other marine litter

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Norway intends to take the lead in ocean affairs internationally. Marine litter, including plastics, has become one of the most serious environmental problems of our time. That is why the Government is launching a concerted effort to combat marine

  • NOK 7.7 billion to global health and education

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Education and health are essential for sustainable development and poverty reduction in all countries. The Government will continue to increase funding for global health and education and is proposing a total allocation of NOK 7.7 billion for these

  • NOK 1.3 billion increase in aid budget for 2018

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'The Government's proposed aid budget for 2018 is bigger than ever before and amounts to NOK 35.1 billion. This is NOK 1.3 billion more than in 2017. We are intensifying our efforts to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and giving

  • Greater engagement in countries and regions affected by conflict and fragility

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Government is proposing a NOK 280 million increase in funding for stabilisation efforts in countries and regions affected by conflict and fragility. In addition, the Government proposes to triple support for efforts to combat global security

  • Norway to step up funding to alleviate humanitarian crises

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Government proposes an increase in humanitarian funding to an unprecedented level. 'Never before have so many people been affected by wars, conflicts and natural disasters. Given that more than 140 million people are in need of humanitarian

  • Stepping up funding for job creation and renewable energy

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Jobs must be created in developing countries if we are to succeed in combating poverty and achieving the sustainable development goals. This is why we are proposing to increase support for private-sector development by NOK 338 million in 2018,'

  • World Day Against the Death Penalty 10 October 2017

    2017-10-10 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    World Day Against the Death Penalty is being marked today for the 15th year in a row, with events all over the world. 'The death penalty is irreversible. In all criminal justice systems there is a risk that mistakes will be made and innocent people

  • NOK 50 million to EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa

    2017-10-10 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Government will provide NOK 50 million to the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, the EU's trust fund for stability and addressing the root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa. 'Norway is participating actively in

  • Joint Norway-UK Statement on  lifting the sanctions against Sudan

    2017-10-07 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway and the United Kingdom welcome the decision taken by the United States Government to permanently lift the bilateral economic sanctions imposed on Sudan.

  • Kristin Lund to be the first female UN leader in the Middle East

    2017-10-06 Press release Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On October 6th the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Gueterres announced that Major General Kristin Lund will be the new head of UNs military observers in the Middle East - United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO). Lund will make

  • Government launches international cyber strategy

    2017-09-27 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence

    'Over a very short space of time, the internet has altered the global landscape of which Norway is a part. We are seeing a sharp increase in digital security challenges and vulnerabilities. Norway's economy and security are dependent on a

  • New ambassadors from the Netherlands, Denmark, Slovakia and Argentina

    2017-09-21 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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

  • Partnership agreement between Norway and Afghanistan extended

    2017-09-21 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norway and Afghanistan have extended their strategic partnership agreement. Norway will continue to be a long-term partner for Afghanistan and to provide considerable humanitarian and development aid as well as military support,' said Minister of

  • Norway increases support for UN Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization in Iraq by NOK 20 million

    2017-09-20 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'The fight against Isil in Iraq is being won. Some 90 % of the areas previously held by Isil have been liberated, and over two million internally displaced Iraqis have returned home. These people are in a very vulnerable situation. It is vital that

  • Norway increases humanitarian support to Myanmar and Bangladesh

    2017-09-19 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am very concerned about the civilians in Rakhine who have been subjected to violence and forced to flee. This situation has created great humanitarian needs on both sides of the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh. Norway is increasing its

  • Humanitarian aid to areas liberated from Isil

    2017-09-19 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norway will provide an additional NOK 80 million to humanitarian organisations that are helping people who are fleeing the hostilities in Syria. This funding will also be used to provide life-saving support in areas that have been liberated from