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  • Norway adjusts its Ebola response

    26/03/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway has provided more than NOK 500 million to the efforts to fight Ebola in West Africa. The infection rate is now greatly reduced. Norway is therefore scaling down its efforts in cooperation with the authorities in the countries concerned and

  • Norway increases funding for UN human rights work

    26/03/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is providing NOK 90 million to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. This is an increase of NOK 10 million compared with last year. ‘Strengthening the UN’s human rights work is vital, particularly at a time when these rights

  • Building links to deliver energy security and prosperity

    26/03/2015 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    The UK and Norway have worked in partnership for many decades to create a strong North Sea oil and gas sector, which continues to provide many thousands of jobs and shared infrastructure that delivers safe and secure energy supplies.

  • Joint Statement on the National Dialogue in Sudan

    24/03/2015 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The members of the Troika (the United States, the United Kingdom and Norway) have issued a joint statement where they continue to support a process of National Dialogue in Sudan.

  • International cooperation against fisheries crime

    24/03/2015 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    Globally, illegal and unregulated fishing is worth more than 20 billion US dollars. A new international cooperation against fisheries crime is founded today.

  • Crimea is part of Ukraine

    21/03/2015 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘A year ago today, President Putin tried to legitimise the annexation of Crimea and change the Ukrainian and Russian borders with the stroke of a pen. This was the first time since the Second World War that an attempt has been made to move borders

  • Visit from the Latvian Minister of Culture

    19/03/2015 News story Ministry of Culture

    On 19. March, Minister Widvey met with the Latvian Minister of Culture, Dace Melbārde. Melbārde was in Oslo on the occasion of the Latvian state visit to Norway.

  • Norway increases humanitarian support to Syria, provides USD 93 million

    18/03/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The humanitarian crisis in Syria is escalating. The Government is now providing USD 93 million to support efforts in Syria and the neighbouring countries. Children are the hardest hit. USD 18.6 million of these funds will be earmarked for education

  • Norway does not recognise 'treaty' between Russian Federation and South Ossetia region of Georgia

    18/03/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Russia's signing of agreements on alliance and integration with the breakaway regions of Georgia will not help to promote security and stability in the region. The agreements violate Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. I therefore

  • Foreign Minister condemns terrorist attack in Tunis

    18/03/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I condemn the terrorist attack in Tunis today in the strongest possible terms. The attack claimed the lives of many innocent people, and our thoughts and sympathy go to all those who have lost their loved ones, and to the Tunisian people,’ said

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende condemns the use of chlorine weapons in Syria

    18/03/2015 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    We regularly receive reports that the Assad regime is dropping barrel bombs on towns and villages. These homemade bombs indiscriminately hit schools, mosques and residential areas, causing even more suffering to the Syrian civilian population, who

  • New centre inaugurated in Athens for those affected by economic crisis

    18/03/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Around 37 000 people will receive help from the new Solidarity Centre in Athens for people affected by the economic crisis. The centre was officially inaugurated today, and is financed by Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants.

  • Appeal to halt illicit trafficking of cultural objects from Iraq and Syria

    17/03/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘We have been horrified at the wanton destruction of ancient cultural treasures in Iraq and Syria in recent weeks. The Norwegian Government is therefore launching an appeal to Norwegian collectors and experts in the field to exercise caution and

  • Norway consults on standardised tobacco packaging and FCTC Article 5.3

    17/03/2015 Press release Ministry of Health and Care Services

    The Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services has today published a consultation paper proposing standardised tobacco packaging. The consultation paper also discusses measures to implement Norway's obligations under the WHO Framework Convention

  • The Holberg Prize Names British Storyteller and Fairytale Critic Marina Warner as 2015 Laureate

    12/03/2015 News story Ministry of Education and Research

    Warner is receiving the honour for her work on the analysis of stories and myths and how they reflect their time and place. She is known for the emphasis of gender roles and feminism in her literary work.

  • Nordic Defence Ministers Meeting 10.-11. March

    05/03/2015 Press release Ministry of Defence

    The Nordic Defence Ministers will meet in Arvidsjaur and Luleå in Sweden, on 10.-11. March.

  • Shelter for internally displaced people in Gaza

    05/03/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is providing NOK 38 million for shelter for families who lost their homes as a result of the conflict in Gaza in 2014. 'The winter weather in Gaza is creating huge problems for the families who do not have proper homes. Conditions for the

  • Norwegian soldiers to be deployed to Iraq

    05/03/2015 Press release Ministry of Defence

    The Norwegian Armed Forces will shortly begin deployment of the first part of its military contribution to the international coalition established to counter ISIL. The decision to provide a Norwegian contribution to capability development for the

  • Norway for sanctions against South Sudan

    03/03/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is co-sponsor of the resolution unanimously adopted by the UN Security Council today to impose sanctions on individuals in South Sudan. ‘After nearly 15 months of hostilities, it is a tragedy for the people of South Sudan that the parties to

  • NOK 50 million to innovation for combating poverty

    03/03/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende today launched a new competitive funding scheme that will provide up to NOK 50 million annually to innovative solutions that can help to combat poverty by 2030.

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