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  • Norway calls for release of human rights defender in Bahrain

    10/02/2015 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The human rights situation in Bahrain has deteriorated steadily since the start of the Arab Spring in 2011. The Norwegian authorities call for the release of the Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab,’ said State Secretary at the Ministry of

  • Norway to provide USD 20 million in emergency aid to South Sudan

    09/02/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is providing USD 20 million (NOK 150 million) in emergency aid to the civilian population in South Sudan. ‘Nearly 6.5 million South Sudanese have been affected by the humanitarian crisis that has resulted from the violent political power

  • Norwegian Government to consult on proposal for standardised packaging of tobacco products

    09/02/2015 Press release Ministry of Health and Care Services

    The Government proposal means that all tobacco products sold in Norway will have standardised packaging. The goal is to prevent tobacco use among children and young people.

  • Launches masterplan for marine research

    09/02/2015 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    Minister of Fisheries, Elisabeth Aspaker, wants a clear prioritization of research funding.

  • The Troika expresses profound disappointment at South Sudan’s leaders’ failure to achieve peace agreement

    06/02/2015 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Troika (the United Kingdom, the United States and Norway) are profoundly disappointed by South Sudan’s leaders’ failure to reach a comprehensive peace deal at recent talks.

  • A strong EU energy partnership is important for Norway

    06/02/2015 News story Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    - The EU and Norway have a strong partnership within the field of energy. I look forward to deepening the cooperation, says Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Mr. Tord Lien.

  • Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) to be launched 1 July 2015

    06/02/2015 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) will be Norway’s largest interdisciplinary research institute in the agricultural and environmental sphere, and one of Norway’s largest research institutes. Alvhild Hedstein has been appointed

  • Norway condemns use of cluster munitions in Ukraine

    06/02/2015 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine has reported findings that indicate that cluster munitions were used in an attack on the city of Luhansk on 27 January. ‘It is completely unacceptable that cluster munitions have been used in the

  • Meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence: “A stronger NATO”

    06/02/2015 News story Ministry of Defence

    NATO’s ability to respond rapidly to crisis situations and challenges on NATO’s periphery were at the top of the agenda when NATO defence ministers met in Brussels on 5 February.

  • Meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence: NATO says ‘Yes’ to major exercise in Norway in 2018

    06/02/2015 Press release Ministry of Defence

    Brussels: One of NATO’s key goals is to exercise more. NATO has now agreed to a Norwegian offer to host a major, high-visibility exercise in the alliance’s northernmost area in 2018. “Good news for Norway and important for the armed forces,” says

  • Integrity Action Plan Handbook

    05/02/2015 News story Ministry of Defence

    The Centre for Integrity in the Defence Sector (CIDS) and Transparency International UK’s Defence and Security Programme (TI-DSP) are proud to present the first-ever practical handbook on how to develop an integrity action plan for the defence

  • Norway urges sustained focus on peace process in the Philippines

    04/02/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am saddened by the recent loss of lives in Mamasapano in the Philippines and would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. It is now more important than ever to put every effort into the peace process,’ said

  • A new and more ambitious climate policy for Norway

    04/02/2015 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    The Norwegian Government will present a White Paper on a New Norwegian Commitment for the Period After 2020. The Paper will discuss the suggested commitment, the reasoning behind the reduction target and how it can be fulfilled.

  • Annual report NORDEFCO 2014

    02/02/2015 News story Ministry of Defence

    The Nordic Defense Cooperation NORDEFCO produces tangible results through intensified security political dialogue, capacity building activities, training and exercises, capability development and armaments cooperation, as well as cooperation in

  • Norway condemns terrorist attack in Sinai

    30/01/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I condemn the bomb attacks in North Sinai yesterday, in which at least 30 people were killed and many injured. Most of the casualties were Egyptian soldiers. The bombings are the latest in a series of serious terrorist attacks that have taken place

  • Norway condemns bombing of hospital in Sudan

    29/01/2015 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The fact that a hospital run by Médecins Sans Frontières in Sudan has been bombed by the country’s own military forces is deeply worrying. Attacks of this kind are completely unacceptable and in violation of international law,’ said Minister of

  • The Child Welfare Act Committee

    27/01/2015 Press release Ministry of Children and Families

    On 28 November 2014, a committee was appointed to consider ways of simplifying the Child Welfare Act. The current legislation is disjointed and confusing. There is also a need to bring the Act up to date.

  • Strengthening children’s right to help

    27/01/2015 Press release Ministry of Children and Families

    The child welfare service is to be given a new means of providing children with the help they need. An amendment to the Child Welfare Act to make it easier for the child welfare service to order help measures is now being circulated for comment. The

  • Child mortality must be further reduced

    27/01/2015 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    "Since 2000, the Vaccine Alliance Gavi has helped to vaccinate 500 million children and prevent six million deaths. Despite this, 1.5 million children are still dying every year from diseases that could easily be prevented. We must therefore

  • The African Union and Norway enter into strategic partnership

    26/01/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende today signed a strategic partnership agreement. ‘This is a historic step for Norway’s engagement in Africa,’ said Mr Brende.

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