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  • Together for inclusion

    03/12/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Only through the inclusion of persons with disabilities can the world realise the Sustainable Development Goals. The Government of Norway and the International Disability Alliance (IDA) are pleased to announce that we will be jointly co-hosting the

  • Infection prevention measures necessary during Christmas holidays

    02/12/2020 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Education and Research, Ministry of Health and Care Services

    Infection prevention measures will remain necessary during the Christmas holidays, but the government is introducing a number measures to allow people to celebrate Christmas and New Year in a way that is more similar to what they are used to.

  • Ocean panel sets out new course for the world’s oceans

    02/12/2020 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Ministry of Transport

    ‘The Earth is first and foremost an ocean planet, and ocean resources are both overexploited and undervalued. This situation is not sustainable, and it is vital that the world’s nations cooperate more closely to promote clean and productive oceans,’

  • Norway increases support for education

    01/12/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a crisis in global education, with serious ramifications for schooling for children and young people. The impact on children in poorer countries has been particularly severe. Norway is increasing its support for

  • The Foreign Minister on terror in Borno, Nigeria

    29/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'I am appalled and deeply concerned about news from Borno, Nigeria. Death toll continues to rise after the horrific massacre on Saturday. Norway strongly condemns terrorism and attacks on civilians', said the Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide.

  • The Foreign Minister on the situation in Tigray, Ethiopia

    29/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'It is urgent to open transport and communication lines to Tigray, Ethiopia. The UN and humanitarian actors must have safe and unhindered access to the civilian population. Embassies need access to provide consular services to their citizens'. said

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

    28/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Reports on fighting in Mekelle are of grave concern. Together with the international community, not least the African Union, we urge the parties to show restraint and protect civilians', says Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide.

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    A policy for growth and stability – for the people in the north and for the whole country

    27/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Children and Families, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Office of the Prime Minister

    Ensuring that North Norway is a strong, vibrant region is important not only for the north, but also for the country as a whole. This is the message of the eight Government ministers who presented the new white paper on Norway’s Arctic policy today.

  • Changes in the travel advice for certain hospital districts in Finland

    26/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now advising against non-essential travel to the following hospital districts in Finland: the Central Finland Hospital District, North Karelia Hospital District, Pirkanmaa Hospital District and Päijät-Häme Hospital

  • Support for peace, stabilisation and development efforts in Afghanistan

    25/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘As one the world’s poorest countries, Afghanistan will continue to be an important partner for Norwegian development assistance. Norway will maintain a high level of aid until the end of 2024, and has allocated approximately NOK 650 million to

  • Norway increases support for civilians fleeing from Tigray

    25/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am very concerned about the grave humanitarian consequences of the conflict in the Tigray region in Ethiopia. The civilian population has been severely affected, and thousands of people are being forced to flee every day. Norway will provide

  • Norway deeply concerned about situation in Tigray, Ethiopia

    25/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norway is deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation in Tigray, Ethiopia and the regional impact. We call the parties to immediately put down weapons and resort to dialogue', said Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide.

  • Norway implements the 2019 "Basel amendments" on plastic waste

    24/11/2020 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    The 2019 amendments of the Basel Convention, introducing new and stronger, legally binding international control on the transboundary movements of certain types of plastic wastes, are translated into Norwegian law, just in time for the 1.1.2021

  • Calls for countries to consider a global agreement to prevent plastic pollution

    24/11/2020 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Plastic pollution is not being effectively addressed by the current international legal and policy framework. Expert Group request UN to consider new global agreement.

  • Agreement on trade in goods reached with the UK

    22/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway, Iceland and the UK have concluded an Agreement on trade in goods that will come into effect on 1 January 2021 and remain in place until a free trade agreement enters into force.

  • Brexit: Norway and the United Kingdom agree on enforcement of judgements in civil matters

    20/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    Norway and the United Kingdom signed an agreement today ensuring that Norwegian civil judgements can in the future be recognized or enforced in the United Kingdom.

  • Norway introduces restrictive measures against Alexander Lukashenko

    20/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Norwegian Government has decided to introduce restrictive measures against the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko.

  • Norway concerned about political violence in Uganda

    19/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norway is concerned about the political violence in the electoral campaigns in Uganda, and I offer my condolences to the victims. In line with the High Representative of EU Josep Borrell Fontelles, Norway urges the Government of Uganda to ensure

  • Changes in the travel advice for a hospital district in Finland

    19/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now advising against non-essential travel to the Etelä- Savo Hospital District in Finland.

  • Announcement of the 25th licensing round

    19/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    Today, the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announces the 25th licensing round on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.