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  • Minister Helgesen congratulates President Santos on Peace Prize

    2016-10-07 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Norway's Minister of Climate and Environment, Vidar Helgesen, congratulates Colombia's President Santos and the people of Colombia.

  • NOK 50 million for cultural heritage

    2016-10-06 Press release Ministry of Culture

    The government is earmarking NOK 50 million for the upgrading of museum facilities and churches.

  • A cultural budget for activity and economic restructuring: NOK 13.5 billion for the cultural sector

    2016-10-06 Press release Ministry of Culture

    The government’s proposed cultural budget for 2017 totals NOK 13.5 billion and has three primary focus areas: cultural and creative industries, cultural heritage and broadening the funding base for arts and culture.

  • Broader funding for Norwegian art and culture

    2016-10-06 Press release Ministry of Culture

    The government is continuing its efforts to secure wider funding for the cultural sector, with the aim of strengthening cultural life and reinforcing the sector’s financial base. The government has proposed an increase of NOK 5 million in support

  • Norway welcomes Guterres as next UN Secretary-General

    2016-10-06 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    ‘I am pleased that the Security Council has recommended the appointment of António Guterres as the next UN Secretary-General. He is highly qualified and has the personal qualities needed to head the UN in a world where more and more people are being

  • Development of a full-scale CCS project

    2016-10-06 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The Government proposes to grant 360 million Norwegian kroner for the continued planning of a full-scale CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) demonstration facility in Norway. The Government also proposes continued operations at the Technology Centre

  • NOK 26 billion to reduce disparities in Central and Southern Europe

    2016-10-06 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Around NOK 26 billion is being made available for reducing social and economic disparities in 15 countries in Central and Southern Europe. The negotiations on how this funding is to be used have already started.

  • Norway intensifies efforts in fragile states and regions

    2016-10-06 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'The refugee crisis and large-scale humanitarian crises arising from conflicts, wars and terrorism have meant that we have had to increase our focus on fragile states and regions. Conflicts, wars and terrorism have catastrophic consequences for

  • Support for global education doubled

    2016-10-06 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Government is delivering on its promise to double support for global education. 'We propose a record high allocation of NOK 3.4 billion for aid for education in 2017. There are 263 million children and young people who do not go to school

  • World leader in global health

    2016-10-06 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'The Government proposes an allocation of more than NOK 3 billion to global health in next year's budget. This will mean that, in the current parliamentary term, we will have increased our funding for this area by NOK 600 million. Our direct support

  • Increased funding for High North-related efforts

    2016-10-06 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    In the budget proposal for 2017, the Government proposes an increase in funding for High North-related efforts from NOK 2.7 billion in 2016 to NOK 3.4 billion in 2017.

  • Record high humanitarian budget again in 2017

    2016-10-06 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'There are several major humanitarian crises in the world today. The Government is therefore planning to increase Norway's allocation for humanitarian aid to just over NOK 5 billion in 2017. A large part of this will go to efforts in Syria and the

  • Job creation and business development crucial in fight against poverty

    2016-10-06 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Job creation and economic growth are vital for combating poverty. This is why the business development and job creation have been key areas in the Government's development policy since 2013. In the budget for 2017, the Government proposes an

  • Education and reorientation

    2016-10-06 Press release Ministry of Education and Research

    The Government is creating jobs for the future by investing in education, research and innovation. In the national budget for 2017, the Government proposes to raise efforts on early intervention in primary schools and increase funding for research,

  • Historic level of funding for education, humanitarian aid and health

    2016-10-06 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'The Government's proposed aid budget for 2017 amounts to 1 % of Norway's GNI and sets out a historic level of funding in many areas. The present Government has doubled support for education, increased humanitarian aid by 50 %, and increased funding

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    A budget to promote employment, welfare, and security

    2016-10-06 Press release Ministry of Finance

    “Norway will emerge stronger from the challenging restructuring the economy now experiences. The Budget for 2017 contains targeted measures to counteract unemployment in the regions and industries that are hardest hit by the drop in oil prices. The

  • Norway to maintain a high level of aid for Afghanistan

    2016-10-05 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Norway is a long-term partner for Afghanistan. We intend to maintain our current level of aid to the country, approximately NOK 700 million a year, in the period 2017 to 2020,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Mr Brende

  • Important to continue the dialogue in Colombia

    2016-10-05 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende welcomes the continued dialogue between various political actors in Colombia following the referendum on the peace agreement. ‘I hope that it will be possible to find a solution to the difficult situation

  • Norway increases humanitarian support for Nigeria and the areas around Lake Chad

    2016-10-02 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'The humanitarian crisis in parts of Nigeria and the areas around Lake Chad is having a severe impact on an already impoverished population. The Government is now increasing its aid to the region by NOK 20 million,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs

  • White paper on UN complaints procedures

    2016-09-30 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Norwegian Government today presented a white paper assessing whether Norway should ratify the optional protocols on procedures for individual complaints under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on