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  • NOK 1.3 billion increase for climate and environment

    2017-10-12 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    The Government's budget proposal for 2018 has a clear climate and environment profile. A number of climate measures have been proposed that cut greenhouse gas emissions, both nationally and internationally. In addition, there are measures that

  • 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

  • More money for rainforests

    2017-10-12 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    The government proposes to grant 3 billion Norwegian kroner on next year's budget to help preserving rainforests. This is an increase from 2017 of 118 million Norwegian kroner.

  • A budget spurring on green competitiveness

    2017-10-12 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    The government will strengthen Norway's green competitiveness and cooperate with industry to create new jobs. The Ministry of Climate and Environment will also spend more money on climate research, climate negotiations and on the UN climate panel.

  • Norwegian Government Proposes Significant Boost in Defence Expenditures

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Defence

    The Norwegian government continues to give priority to the defence sector in its annual budget proposal through a NOK 3 billion increase in 2018. It shows the government’s commitment to increase defence spending every year to meet the ambitions set

  • 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

  • Educating people for the future

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Education and Research

    The Government is strengthening Norway's competitiveness through its commitment to knowledge and research. In the state budget for 2018, the Government proposes, among other things, to strengthen efforts on early intervention in kindergarten and

  • 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

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    A budget for economic growth, job creation, and a sustainable welfare state

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Government’s fiscal policy has been used actively to counter the effects of the oil price slump. The economy is now gradually recovering. In the fiscal budget for 2018, the use of petroleum revenues will therefore increase more slowly than in

  • 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,'

  • Key figures in the fiscal budget 2018

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Finance

    To ensure simultaneous access to potentially market sensitive information in the fiscal budget, selected key figures are unveiled prior to the budget release.

  • 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

  • Prime Minister Solberg congratulates ICAN on Nobel Peace Prize

    2017-10-06 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    ‘I would like to congratulate the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on being awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. By mobilising civil society all over the world, ICAN is playing an important role in promoting the goal of a

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    2017-10-06 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has of 27 October 2017 honourably discharged Grete Ellingsen as state secretary to Minister of Local Government and Modernisation Jan Tore Sanner.

  • Key figures for the Norwegian economy and the fiscal budget

    2017-10-06 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance will publish key figures for the Norwegian economy October 12 at 8:00 am (CEST).

  • Norway fulfills support pledge

    2017-10-03 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    - I am delighted to announce that The Norwegian Climate and Forest Initiative intends to support the Tenure Facility Facility with 20 million USD over the next few years, Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment Vidar Helgesen announced on 3