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  • Announcement about Venezuela

    07/07/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    We announce that the representatives of the main political actors in Venezuela have decided to continue the negotiation process facilitated by Norway.

  • Norway continues the dialogue with Brazil about the Amazon Fund

    04/07/2019 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Norway stands by our Climate and Forest Agreement with Brazil. From Norway's point of view, the Amazon fund has worked well until now. It would be a setback if the fund, which has been an important inspiration to other tropical forest countries, is

  • New global agreement for biodiversity - Ministers call for action

    03/07/2019 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Environment Ministers from Norway and 13 other countries are calling for a more ambitious and effective agreement for biodiversity, to be agreed in China in 2020 .

  • Record-high Norwegian core funding to UN organisations in 2019

    03/07/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is increasing its core funding to six UN organisations, to a total of over NOK 3 billion. This is the highest amount of funding Norway has ever allocated to these organisations combined. Given the huge, unmet humanitarian needs in the world

  • Prime Minister to participate at CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting

    03/07/2019 News story Office of the Prime Minister

    ‘Both Norway and the Caribbean island states have strong ties to the oceans, and we share a common interest in combating climate change and promoting a sustainable ocean economy. I look forward to discussing these topics with my Caribbean colleagues

  • Norway grants 10.3 Million EUR to ensure indigenous forest rights

    02/07/2019 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    The Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) has granted NOK 100 million (EUR 10.3 million) to help secure land rights of indigenous peoples and local communities in tropical forest areas. Reduced deforestation and sustainable

  • Offshore wind power: Public consultation on areas and regulation

    02/07/2019 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy today proposes to open the areas "Utsira Nord" and "Sandskallen - Sørøya Nord" for offshore renewables. The ministry also asks for input on whether the area "Sørlige Nordsjø II" should be opened.

  • Phaseout of exploration and production companies from the GPFG

    28/06/2019 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance is requesting Norges Bank to assess how the phaseout of exploration and production companies from the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) should be executed.

  • Can reveal the destruction of individual trees: Norway to supply highly detailed satellite images of world's rainforests

    27/06/2019 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Norway intends to spend up to USD 50 million USD to purchase high-resolution images of tropical forests. The images will be made freely available for governments, researchers and NGOs all over the world. They will enable the monitoring of

  • Change among the political advisers

    26/06/2019 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    The Office of the Prime Minister has appointed Ms. Anna Molberg as political adviser to Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.

  • Norway to provide NOK 345 million for humanitarian mine clearance in 2019

    25/06/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is maintaining a high level of support for humanitarian mine clearance in 2019, with an allocation of NOK 345 million. ‘It is difficult to say how many lives the Mine Ban Treaty has saved, but we know that each of the nearly 52 million

  • Public consultation on amendments to banks’ capital requirements

    25/06/2019 Press release Ministry of Finance

    When the European capital requirements framework becomes part of the EEA Agreement later this year, many Norwegian banks’ actual requirements will be reduced. Today, the Ministry of Finance has issued a public consultation on draft amendments to

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    25/06/2019 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has honourably discharged Ms. Christl Kvam as state secretary to Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Ms. Anniken Hauglie, as of 5 August 2019.

  • New action plan to combat hunger

    21/06/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    Today, the Government is launching a new action plan - Food, People and the Environment - to promote sustainable food systems in the context of Norwegian foreign and development policy in the period 2019-2023.

  • Countercyclical buffer unchanged

    20/06/2019 Press release Ministry of Finance

    Today, the Ministry of Finance has decided not to change the countercyclical capital buffer requirement for banks.

  • The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy proposes opening of area for offshore wind

    19/06/2019 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy will soon send a proposal on hearing to open the area of Utsira Nord outside the coast of Rogaland for applications on floating offshore wind. The Ministry also asks for input on the southern area of Sørlige

  • Olaug Svarva to be new chair of Norfund board

    18/06/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norfund’s general meeting has today elected Ms Olaug Svarva to be the new chair of its board of directors.

  • New ambassadors from Canada, Singapore, Ethiopia and Guinea

    14/06/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Four new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 14 June 2019.

  • Norway to provide further contribution to EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa

    14/06/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Norwegian Government will provide a further NOK 60 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 (EUTF for Africa).

  • Government presents white paper on Norway’s role and interests in multilateral cooperation

    14/06/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The world is facing a number of challenges that are too great and complex for any one country to tackle alone, and must therefore be addressed through joint efforts. Effective international cooperation is needed to address challenges such as

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