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  • New Oslo Action Plan to combat landmines

    29/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Under the Norwegian presidency, the new and ambitious Oslo Action Plan is being adopted to step up action against landmines. The Action Plan is an important step towards the goal of a mine-free world by 2025,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine

  • Joint statement on joining Instex by Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden

    29/11/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden are in the process of becoming shareholders of the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (Instex), they say in a joint statement.

  • Members of the Executive Board of Norges Bank

    29/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The King in Council has today appointed members to the Executive Board of Norges Bank (the central bank of Norway). Deputy Governor Jon Nicolaisen and Deputy Governor Egil Matsen have been appointed First Deputy Chair and Second Deputy Chair,

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    29/11/2019 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has appointed Mr. Alf Erik Bergstøl Andersen as state secretary to Minister of Justice and Immigration, Mr. Jøran André Smedal Kallmyr. Mr. Tom Staahle is appointed as state secretary to Minister

  • New ambassadors from Afghanistan and Seychelles

    28/11/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Two new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 28 November 2019.

  • New report to the Storting on state ownership

    22/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    The new ownership policy facilitates value creation, today and in future. In the policy, the Government has developed and clarified its expectations of the companies, for example as regards transparency, diversity and responsible business conduct.

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    22/11/2019 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has appointed Ms. Inger Klippen as temporarily state secretary to Minister of Health, Mr. Bent Høie, from 1 January to 4 October 2020.

  • Norway Launches International Development Strategy on Combating Non-Communicable Diseases

    22/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Care Services

    ‘We cannot eradicate poverty by 2030 without better health. Norway’s new strategy to combat non-communicable diseases in developing countries makes a key contribution to those goals,’ says Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein.

  • New report to the Storting on state ownership: the majority of the authorisations to sell will remain in place

    22/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    The Government is not asking the Storting for new authorisations to reduce the state’s ownership. The framework for the state’s exercise of ownership has remained unchanged since the early 2000s, and will continue to apply.

  • Statement by Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide on the situation in Iran

    21/11/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'I am deeply disturbed by reports on death toll and excessive use of violence in Iran. In a meeting with the Iranian embassy today, we urged Iran to respect the right to peaceful protest, freedom of expression, access to information and to

  • Safe Schools Declaration endorsed by 100 countries

    20/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Schools, pupils and teachers are being attacked in many conflict situations around the world today. One hundred countries have now endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration on protecting children and education in situations of armed conflict. ‘Norway

  • Changes among the political advisers

    20/11/2019 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    The Office of the Prime Minister has appointed Mr. Christian Haugen as political adviser to Minister of Public Security Ingvil Smines Tybring‐Gjedde, as of 21 November 2019.

  • UN consensus on strengthening protection of human rights defenders

    19/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A Norwegian-led resolution on human rights defenders has been adopted by consensus in the UN Human Rights Committee. ‘At a time when human rights are coming under severe pressure, it is important that a united UN calls for strengthened protection of

  • Statement by Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide on the situation in Hong Kong

    19/11/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'I am deeply concerned about the situation in Hong Kong and urge the parties to work together to reduce tensions. It is essential that fundamental freedoms are respected and exercised peacefully. Dialogue is the only way forward', says the minister.

  • The oceans could hold the key to future food security

    19/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Office of the Prime Minister

    With better ocean management, it could be possible to harvest and produce more than six times more food from the world’s oceans that we do today, according to a new report.

  • Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide's comments on Israeli settlements

    19/11/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway’s position on the Israeli settlements stands firm and has its basis in a number of UN Security Council resolutions and advisory opinions from the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

  • Foreign Minister on Sri Lanka elections

    18/11/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Congratulations to the people of Sri Lanka on a democratic presidential election and to Gotabaya Rajapakse on being sworn in as president today. Looking forward to continuing our partnership on economic development, democracy and reconciliation',

  • Frode Berg handed over to Norwegian authorities

    15/11/2019 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Frode Berg was handed over to the Norwegian authorities in Lithuania at 11:00 today (Norwegian time). Mr Berg will return home to Norway and will be reunited with his family.

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    Presse Information: Launch of new strategy against non-communicable diseases

    15/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway will launch first-ever strategy to combat non-communicable diseases as a pillar of international health and development cooperation on 22 November.

  • Appointment of members to the Monetary Policy and Financial Stability Committee in Norges Bank

    15/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The King in Council has today appointed Professor Ingvild Almås and economist Jeanette Strøm Fjære as external members of the new committee on monetary policy and financial stability in Norges Bank. Also, Deputy Governor Jon Nicolaisen and Deputy

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