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  • Statement on the detention of human rights defenders in Turkey

    2017-07-21 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway joins statement by the EU Delegation to the Council of Europe on the detention of Human Rights Defenders in Turkey.

  • Troika and EU Joint Statement on South Sudan

    2017-07-20 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, Norway, and the European Union.

  • Slovakia and Norway continue successful cooperation on Climate and Environment

    2017-07-18 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    On his visit to Norway on the 28th to the 30th of June, Slovakia's State Secretary for environment, Norbert Kurilla, met State Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry for Climate and Environment, Lars Andreas Lunde.

  • The Norwegian Government steps up the efforts to turn waste into resources and reduce marine litter

    2017-07-17 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    The Norwegian government presented a White Paper to Parliament on 21 June 2017 on waste policies in a circular economy with an emphasis on increasing reuse and recycling. The White Paper also presents a Plastic Strategy in order to reduce marine

  • Norway to join international centre for countering hybrid threats

    2017-07-14 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    Norway signed an agreement today on participation in the newly established, Finnish-led European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats.

  • The death of Liu Xiaobo

    2017-07-13 News story Office of the Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s comment on the death of Liu Xiaobo

  • Rainforest Foundation UK misleads the public about the international community's efforts to preserve Congo's forests

    2017-07-13 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    In recent weeks, Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) has been running a campaign aimed at Norway and the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI), who work jointly to support the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)`s efforts to preserve its vast

  • Norway calls for release of Nabeel Rajab in Bahrain

    2017-07-12 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On 10 July, Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to two years in prison for statements made in media interviews in 2015 and 2016.

  • Norway intensifies efforts to fight global disease outbreaks

    2017-07-11 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    ‘The Ebola outbreak in West Africa showed us how quickly diseases can spread across borders, and how devastating their effects can be on lives, health and economic development. That is why we are now intensifying our efforts to ensure that vaccines

  • Norway contributes to new fund for women’s entrepreneurship

    2017-07-11 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    Norway is providing NOK 90 million to a new fund that aims to strengthen entrepreneurship among women. The fund, which will be administered by the World Bank, is being launched at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, where Norway is participating as a guest

  • Broad Norwegian engagement in Myanmar

    2017-07-10 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende visited Myanmar on 5-6 July. ‘The country is undergoing a huge process of change, after the transition from military rule to a partly civilian government. Norway will continue its broad engagement in support

  • Bilateral meeting with the Finance Minister of China during G20 Summit

    2017-07-08 News story Ministry of Finance

    The Finance Ministers of China and Norway met in Hamburg in the margins of the G20 Summit Friday. The ministers discussed the global economic situation and the strong economic links between the two countries.

  • Foreign Minister returns stolen cultural artefact to Myanmar

    2017-07-06 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The illicit trade in cultural artefacts is a global problem and helps to finance international crime. ‘It is a pleasure for Norway to return a sculpture to the authorities in Myanmar. We hope this will set an example for others to follow,’ said

  • CO2-storage in Norway

    2017-07-03 News story Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    Today Gassnova has assigned a contract to Statoil ASA regarding concept studies and FEED (front-end engineering and design) for a CO2- storage site on the Norwegian continental shelf.

  • Gassled - judgment from Borgarting Court of Appeal in Oslo, Norway

    2017-06-30 News story Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    Today, Borgarting Court of Appeal pronounced its judgment in the legal proceedings brought against the Norwegian State (represented by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy), by four companies with participating interests in Gassled (the Norwegian

  • Foreign Minister visits Somalia and Government intensifies engagement to promote stabilisation and resilience

    2017-06-29 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende is today visiting Somalia. He is the first Norwegian foreign minister to do so. His visit coincides with the Government's launch of its strategic framework for Norway's engagement in promoting prevention,

  • USA, UK and Norway: Trilateral maritime security cooperation

    2017-06-29 Press release Ministry of Defence

    Today, Thursday June 29th 2017, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway signed a statement of intent to lay out guiding principles for trilateral partnership with P-8A Aircraft to address the changing security environment in the North

  • Jon Georg Dale asks Sweden and Finland to start mapping CWD incidents

    2017-06-28 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    Norway will collect around 20,000 samples of various deer species in 2017 to map the extent of the contagious Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Norway's Agriculture and Food Minister Jon Georg Dale says that it is high time that other countries follows

  • Agreement to reduce food waste

    2017-06-28 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Ministry of Children and Equality, Ministry of Health and Care Services

    The Norwegian Government and the food industry have signed an agreement to reduce food waste in Norway by 50 percent by 2030.

  • Norway takes the lead on antibiotic resistance

    2017-06-27 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    The Norwegian government has set clear goals nationally, and wants to take a leading role in reducing the use of antibiotics globally. It must be done in a one health multi sectorial approach. This was the main message when the Norwegian government