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  • Norway increases famine response to NOK 673 million

    2017-03-25 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    More than 20 million people in four countries are on the brink of famine. 'We are facing the worst humanitarian catastrophe in the history of the UN. Nearly 1.4 million children are at risk of starving to death. Norway is therefore increasing its

  • First ever white paper on the place of the oceans in Norwegian foreign and development policy

    2017-03-24 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Office of the Prime Minister

    'The Government is stepping up its efforts to promote Norway's ocean interests. We intend to make sustainable use of the oceans a global priority,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. This is the first time a Norwegian government has

  • Happy anniversary, Nordic countries!

    2017-03-23 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Helsinki Treaty - the foundation of Nordic cooperation - was signed 55 years ago today. This anniversary is being celebrated with events and flags flying throughout the region. ‘Strategic Nordic cooperation is absolutely essential,’ said Frank

  • Norway launches innovative learning games for children affected by war and crisis

    2017-03-20 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Prime Minister

    Norway has today launched a new development tool that makes it possible for children to learn to read in areas where schools have been bombed and teachers and families have been forced to flee. With the help of some of the world’s tech giants,

  • Three years since Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea

    2017-03-16 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On 18 March, it will be three years since Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea. The international reactions to the annexation have been strong, and Norway stands together with its allies and partners in response to Russia's actions.

  • Invitation to Nordic-Baltic ministerial conference on digitalisation

    2017-03-14 Press release Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norwegian Minister of Local Government and Modernisation Jan Tore Sanner and Minister for Nordic Co-operation and Norwegian Minister of EEA and EU affairs Frank Bakke-Jensen are seeking closer Nordic-Baltic co-operation on digitalisation. On 24 and

  • Norway to co-host international conference for Syria on 5 April

    2017-03-09 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is to co-host an international conference on the future of Syria and the region on 5 April in Brussels. ‘In order to be able to address the humanitarian needs and support efforts to find political solutions to the Syria crisis, it is

  • Statement on Kosovo Security Force

    2017-03-09 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'I urge Kosovo authorities to refrain from transformation of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) into an armed force without a constitutional change and an inclusive political process,' said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

  • Norway urges Israel to cancel demolition order

    2017-02-24 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Israeli authorities have issued an order for the demolition of several buildings and other infrastructure in the Bedouin village Khan al Ahmar in the West Bank.

  • Chair's Outcome Statement

    2017-02-24 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The conference brought together 24 countries, 20 international and regional organisations, and representatives of local and international civil society and in total, pledges for financial support surpassed USD 672 million. Read the chair's outcome

  • Oslo Humanitarian Conference for Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region raises $672 million to help people in need

    2017-02-24 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    At the conference, 14 donors pledged $458 million for relief in 2017 and an additional $214 million was announced for 2018 and beyond.

  • Norway will provide NOK 1.6 billion over three years to Nigeria and the Lake Chad region

    2017-02-24 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende announced today that Norway will provide NOK 729 million in aid to north-eastern Nigeria and the Lake Chad region in 2017. This area has been hard hit by Boko Haram's campaign of terror, poverty, lack of

  • 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