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  • New OECD report calls for more targeted Norwegian development policy

    2014-01-13 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) sees Norway as an important donor that takes a long-term approach and provides a high level of aid. But the new OECD Development Co-operation Peer Review shows that Norwegian aid

  • Norway's Prime Minister expresses condolences on death of Ariel Sharon

    2014-01-11 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    “I would like to express my deepest sympathy with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Israeli people on the death of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon,” said Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

  • Norway increases its support for elections in Afghanistan

    2014-01-09 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On 5 April, Afghanistan will elect a new president. Norway is providing NOK 102 million in funding for the planning and implementation of the presidential election and next year’s parliamentary elections. The funding is being channelled through the

  • Norway increases aid to Philippines by NOK 50 million

    2014-01-08 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “The Philippines is now in the middle of a critical process of reconstruction. Unfortunately only around 40 % of the amount sought by the UN appeal to support early recovery has been provided. It is crucial that the international community continues

  • Norway assumes NORDEFCO chairmanship

    2014-01-08 Press release Ministry of Defence

    As of 1st January 2014, Norway is the chair nation of the Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO).

  • First load of chemical weapons has left Syria

    2014-01-07 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    OPCW and the UN confirm that the first load of components for chemical weapons has left the port of Latakia. The process of transporting Syria’s chemical weapons out of the country for destruction has begun.

  • First load of chemical weapons has left Syria

    2014-01-07 Press release Ministry of Defence

    OPCW and the UN confirm that the first load of components for chemical weapons has left the port of Latakia today. The process of transporting Syria’s chemical weapons out of the country for destruction has begun.

  • Norway critical of election process in Bangladesh

    2014-01-07 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “I am concerned about developments in Bangladesh. Many people were killed during the unrest in connection with the election, and the way the election was carried out was in itself unacceptable,” said State Secretary Morten Høglund.

  • Norway provides humanitarian aid to Greece

    2014-01-07 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway will provide more than NOK 40 million through the EEA and Norway Grants for immediate action to help the poor and homeless in Greece. The money will be used in part for food banks and health services.

  • Norwegian Grants help children with learning disabilities in Hungary

    2014-01-06 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Dogs are introduced to help disadvantaged children in Hungary. “Without the support from the EEA and Norway Grants we could never have helped so many children.”

  • Direct negotiations between the parties in South Sudan

    2014-01-05 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “I am pleased to see that the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has succeeded in bringing the parties to the conflict in South Sudan to the negotiating table. The world’s youngest nation is threatened by civil war, and the parties

  • New, bigger and modern

    2014-01-01 Press release Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation

    On 1 January, Norway opened a new, bigger ministry devoted to modernising and developing the public sector.

  • Release of political prisoners in Myanmar a positive step

    2013-12-31 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “It now looks as if all the remaining political prisoners in Myanmar will be released. This is a positive development and essential for the democratisation process. The issue has been part of the agenda in the long-standing dialogue between Norway

  • Change of Name: The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

    2013-12-30 News story Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

    The Ministry of Labour changes name to The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs 01.01.2014.

  • Norway condemns terrorist attack in Russia

    2013-12-29 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “The bomb attack in Volgograd has claimed many innocent lives. All indications are that this was an act of terrorism. Norway condemns this atrocious act in the strongest possible terms,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • NOK 50 million for emergency relief in South Sudan

    2013-12-26 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “The humanitarian situation in South Sudan has deteriorated as a result of increasing hostilities throughout the country. As in all armed conflicts, civilians are suffering the most. The UN has called for immediate aid to address the emerging

  • Judgment against human rights activists in Egypt

    2013-12-23 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “I am concerned about the yesterday’s judgment against three Egyptian human rights activists. It is crucial that the Egyptian authorities respect democractic principles in this critical period prior to the elections and referendum on the

  • Critical phase for South Sudan

    2013-12-22 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “South Sudan is in a critical phase, with reports of fighting in several parts of the country. The coming hours and days will be decisive. If efforts to initiate political dialogue do not succeed, there is a danger of all-out civil war along ethnic

  • Anti-gay bill in Uganda

    2013-12-21 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “I am concerned about the discrimination against sexual minorities in Uganda. The bill that has now been passed by the Ugandan parliament is in violation of fundamental human rights, and will exacerbate the situation for an already vulnerable group,

  • Fear of civil war in South Sudan

    2013-12-20 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “The political leaders in South Sudan must take responsibility for stopping the violence and resolving the conflict through political talks. Unless the violence is brought under control soon, I am afraid the situation could develop into a new civil