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  • Integrity Action Plan Handbook

    05/02/2015 News story Ministry of Defence

    The Centre for Integrity in the Defence Sector (CIDS) and Transparency International UK’s Defence and Security Programme (TI-DSP) are proud to present the first-ever practical handbook on how to develop an integrity action plan for the defence

  • Norway urges sustained focus on peace process in the Philippines

    04/02/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am saddened by the recent loss of lives in Mamasapano in the Philippines and would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. It is now more important than ever to put every effort into the peace process,’ said

  • A new and more ambitious climate policy for Norway

    04/02/2015 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    The Norwegian Government will present a White Paper on a New Norwegian Commitment for the Period After 2020. The Paper will discuss the suggested commitment, the reasoning behind the reduction target and how it can be fulfilled.

  • Annual report NORDEFCO 2014

    02/02/2015 News story Ministry of Defence

    The Nordic Defense Cooperation NORDEFCO produces tangible results through intensified security political dialogue, capacity building activities, training and exercises, capability development and armaments cooperation, as well as cooperation in

  • Norway condemns terrorist attack in Sinai

    30/01/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I condemn the bomb attacks in North Sinai yesterday, in which at least 30 people were killed and many injured. Most of the casualties were Egyptian soldiers. The bombings are the latest in a series of serious terrorist attacks that have taken place

  • Norway condemns bombing of hospital in Sudan

    29/01/2015 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The fact that a hospital run by Médecins Sans Frontières in Sudan has been bombed by the country’s own military forces is deeply worrying. Attacks of this kind are completely unacceptable and in violation of international law,’ said Minister of

  • The Child Welfare Act Committee

    27/01/2015 Press release Ministry of Children and Families

    On 28 November 2014, a committee was appointed to consider ways of simplifying the Child Welfare Act. The current legislation is disjointed and confusing. There is also a need to bring the Act up to date.

  • Strengthening children’s right to help

    27/01/2015 Press release Ministry of Children and Families

    The child welfare service is to be given a new means of providing children with the help they need. An amendment to the Child Welfare Act to make it easier for the child welfare service to order help measures is now being circulated for comment. The

  • Child mortality must be further reduced

    27/01/2015 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    "Since 2000, the Vaccine Alliance Gavi has helped to vaccinate 500 million children and prevent six million deaths. Despite this, 1.5 million children are still dying every year from diseases that could easily be prevented. We must therefore

  • The African Union and Norway enter into strategic partnership

    26/01/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende today signed a strategic partnership agreement. ‘This is a historic step for Norway’s engagement in Africa,’ said Mr Brende.

  • Norway welcomes agreement on reunification of the SPLM in South Sudan

    23/01/2015 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The split in the SPLM, South Sudan’s ruling party, was the main factor that triggered the current conflict in the young nation. After several rounds of discussions in Arusha in Tanzania, the different factions have achieved agreement on renewed

  • Enhancing financing for global education

    23/01/2015 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    Norway and the World Bank have launched Results in Education for All Children (REACH) - a new trust fund to boost financing for education in low-income countries. Education is an important way out of poverty, and good quality education services need

  • Concerned with lack of progress in peace negotiations

    23/01/2015 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The members of the Troika (the United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway) are gravely concerned with the continued lack of progress in the South Sudan peace negotiations.

  • Norway protests against human rights violations in Saudi Arabia

    22/01/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I deplore the fact that the punishment of Saudi human rights defender Raif Badawi by public flogging has begun, and call for this to be halted and for Mr Badawi to be released,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Mr Brende raised the

  • EUR 20 million for fighting poverty in Romania

    21/01/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    An additional EUR 20 million of the Norway Grants is to be used to fight poverty in Romania, with particular focus on regions with a large number of Roma people.

  • Considerable interest in further exploration of the Norwegian Shelf

    20/01/2015 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The Government is today offering ownership interests in 54 new production licences in connection with the Awards in Pre-defined Areas 2014 (APA 2014). Forty-three different companies are offered ownership interests in the licensing round.

  • 23 round: New, major opportunities for Northern Norway

    20/01/2015 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy is today announcing the 23rd licensing round. The round consists of 57 blocks, or parts of blocks. These are distributed with 34 blocks in the south-eastern Barents Sea (the formerly disputed area towards Russia)

  • "The petroleum activities are our most important industry"

    15/01/2015 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    In The Shelf in 2014, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is presenting investment and production forecasts and results of exploration and production in 2014.

  • Foreign Minister Brende condemns attack in Nigeria

    10/01/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news that once again a young girl has been used as a suicide bomber, this time at a market in the city of Maiduguri in north-eastern Nigeria. I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms,’ said

  • Prime Minister Solberg congratulates Sri Lanka’s new president

    09/01/2015 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    ‘I congratulate the people of Sri Lanka on Thursday’s presidential election and the country’s new president, Maithripala Sirisena, on his victory,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg.