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  • NOK 2.5 billion increase in aid budget for 2019

    2018-10-08 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The Government intends to maintain a high level of aid and has proposed spending NOK 37.8 billion on aid in 2019. This corresponds to about 1 % of Norway’s gross national income and is NOK 2.5 billion more than in 2018,’ said Minister of

  • Norway to increase funding for human rights

    2018-10-08 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Human rights are coming under increasing pressure in various parts of the world. This is why the Government has proposed an increase of NOK 88 million in its support for promoting human rights in next year’s budget, to a total of NOK 680 million,’

  • A ‘women’s billion’ in support for women’s rights and gender equality

    2018-10-08 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Norwegian Government is proposing to allocate at least NOK 1 billion in support for women’s rights and gender equality as part of the 2019 aid budget. This is an increase of more than NOK 68 million. In addition to this ‘women’s billion’, Norway

  • Increased funding for technical cooperation in development policy

    2018-10-08 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Knowledge Bank was established under Norad (the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation) on 1 March 2018 to coordinate and strengthen technical cooperation and knowledge-sharing in areas where Norway has particular experience and expertise.

  • Dramatic increase in funding for efforts to combat marine litter

    2018-10-08 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Norway is playing a leading role in the global efforts to promote clean and healthy oceans. The oceans are being filled with waste, and we must put a stop to this before it is too late. That is why we have launched a development programme to combat

  • More than a billion kroner for renewable energy

    2018-10-08 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The lack of access to energy is still a barrier for international development. The Government has therefore increased its grants towards renewable energy from NOK 570 million in 2018 to more than NOK 1 billion in 2019. In addition, we are stepping

  • National Budget 2019: Tackling base erosion and profit shifting

    2018-10-08 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Norwegian Government proposes changes to the rules on interest limitation and corporate tax residency. The proposals will curb profit shifting and base erosion and level the playing field for national and multinational businesses.

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    National Budget 2019: A budget to promote employment, welfare and security

    2018-10-08 Press release Ministry of Finance

    "The Norwegian economy is doing well. Businesses are investing more and employment is rising throughout the country. We are using the good times to secure a sustainable welfare state and a safer Norway", says Minister of Finance Siv Jensen.

  • Climate-resilient agriculture key to combating undernourishment

    2018-10-08 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘It is the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people who are being hardest hit by climate change. Increasingly, a lack of food and failing harvests are causing instability and conflict. Climate change adaptation is essential for achieving the SDGs.

  • National Budget 2019: Outline of economic developments and fiscal policy

    2018-10-08 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance unveils selected key figures prior to the budget release, which takes place at 10:00, to ensure simultaneous access to potentially market sensitive information. A table with more detailed projections will be released together

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    Congratulations to Murad and Mukwege on winning Nobel Peace Prize

    2018-10-05 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    ‘I would like to congratulate Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege on winning the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018. They have been awarded the prize for their fight against sexual violence in armed conflicts,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

  • Norway increases support for victims of earthquake in Indonesia

    2018-10-04 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The situation is critical in the areas of Indonesia that were hit by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami on 28 September. The Government is now increasing Norway’s support for the rescue efforts by NOK 10 million (around USD 1.2 million), to NOK

  • National Pollinator Strategy

    2018-10-04 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Ministry of Climate and Environment

    A strategy for viable populations of wild bees and other pollinating insects

  • Consultation of the report on energy stocks in the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global

    2018-09-28 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance today sends on public consultation the report on energy stocks in the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global.

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    An open, safe and green Government Building Complex

    2018-09-28 Press release Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation

    Norway's new Government Building Complex will be slightly smaller than previously estimated. It will be climate and environmentally friendly, and it will be developed in several stages. “We will build an open, safe and green Government Building

  • Gaza is on the brink of collapse

    2018-09-27 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Gaza is on the brink of economic, humanitarian and social collapse. Intense diplomacy over the summer has prevented the outbreak of war, but the situation is still critical and unstable. Over the last months, the donor group has given priority to

  • Norway to make extraordinary contribution to Palestine refugees

    2018-09-27 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The UN’s agency for Palestine refugees (United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA) is in a critical financial situation following the US decision to cut all funding to the organisation. Norway has decided to make an extraordinary contribution

  • Ministerial meeting of the international donor group for Palestine

    2018-09-24 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide is chairing the ministerial meeting of the international donor group for Palestine, known as the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), in New York on 27 September.

  • First meeting of the new High-level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy

    2018-09-24 News story Office of the Prime Minister

    On Monday 24 September, the new High-level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy is holding its first meeting. The panel consists of serving heads of state and government who are joining forces to work towards sustainable use of the oceans.

  • Norway to provide NOK 660 million to UN’s human rights efforts

    2018-09-24 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway has entered into a four-year agreement with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), totalling NOK 660 million. The funding will be used to strengthen the UN’s efforts to protect and promote human rights,

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