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  • Third anniversary of terrorist attack on 22 July

    22/07/2014 News story Office of the Prime Minister

    Several events are being held to mark the third anniversary of the attacks on the government offices and Utøya on 22 July 2011. There will be memorial events in Oslo and on Utøya, as well as a service in Oslo Cathedral.

  • New strategy for intensified international efforts to eliminate female genital mutilation

    21/07/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Worldwide, around 125 million girls and women have been subjected to genital mutilation. The fight to eliminate female genital mutilation in Norway and internationally is a high priority for the Government. Norway has set the new and ambitious goal

  • Norway condemns suicide attack in Afghanistan

    15/07/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Almost 100 people are believed to have been killed and many more injured in a suicide attack at a market in Afghanistan on 15 July. ‘This was a gruesome and totally unacceptable attack, which killed and maimed civilians in a public place. Norway

  • Foreign Minister Brende to visit the Middle East: Decisive need for ceasefire and a lasting peace

    15/07/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The only viable way to bring the civilian losses and the enormous suffering in Gaza to an end is an early ceasefire. More than 180 people have been reported killed and some 1400 have been wounded during the attacks of the past week. Most of them

  • Norway welcomes agreement on audit of Afghan election result

    13/07/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I welcome the agreement reached yesterday evening by the two presidential candidates in Afghanistan on an extensive audit of the election result. In agreeing to this step, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah are showing that they both take

  • Norway provides NOK 30 million for emergency aid in Gaza

    13/07/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The UN has declared an emergency in Gaza. A large number of civilians have been wounded, and there is an urgent need to increase the capacity of hospitals and ambulance services. Norway is sending NOK 30 million in emergency aid to Gaza,’ said

  • Strong Norwegian reaction to escalating violence in Gaza

    12/07/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am appalled by the violence in Gaza over the last few days, which is affecting large numbers of civilians, including large numbers of children who have been killed or seriously wounded under Israeli attacks. On Friday night alone, 16 people were

  • Norway deeply concerned about developments in eastern Ukraine

    11/07/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am deeply concerned about developments in eastern Ukraine. Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine are using increasingly heavy military equipment, which is resulting in loss of life and destruction of infrastructure. This is unacceptable,’

  • Unacceptable consequences for the civilian population

    10/07/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The dramatic escalation of the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians is having completely unacceptable consequences for civilians. In my talks with Foreign Minister Lieberman and President Abbas, I have urged all parties to stop the

  • New government building complex: Plans now being made for the new complex

    07/07/2014 Press release Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation

    "The new government building complex will be a modern, open, living and safe urban area," says Minister of Local Government and Modernisation, Jan Tore Sanner. Statsbygg has been commissioned to start work on the planning process for the new complex

  • Foreign Minister warns against further escalation of violence in the Middle East

    04/07/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The events of the last few days clearly show how quickly the current tense situation could spiral out of control. I urge both the Israelis and the Palestinians to exercise restraint. It is important to seize upon the initiative for a ceasefire,

  • Prime Minister Erna Solberg switches on test production in Norwegian solar power plant in Rwanda

    03/07/2014 News story Office of the Prime Minister

    On 3 July, Prime Minister Erna Solberg switched on test production at a solar photovoltaic power plant in Rwanda, which has been built and funded by Norwegian actors. The plant has a production capacity of 8.5 MW, and is the first utility-scale

  • Norway working to remove fossil fuel subsidies

    03/07/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Government will work at the international level to promote the removal of subsidies on fuels that are harmful to the environment, exacerbate climate change and undermine sustainable development. ‘We have drawn up a strategy aimed at phasing

  • Final effort to reach the Millennium Development Goals

    03/07/2014 News story Office of the Prime Minister

    ‘The world has come a long way towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals, but we must speed up our efforts in all areas before the 2015 deadline,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Together with the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, she is

  • Norway condemns murder of Palestinian teenager

    02/07/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ’I condemn the murder of a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem on 2 July. There is no excuse for acts of revenge. The circumstances surrounding the murder are still unclear, but it is of crucial importance in this case too that the perpetrators are

  • Boost for education in Malawi

    02/07/2014 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    Malawi is the first pilot country to receive support through the Government’s global education effort. ‘Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. Norway will provide around NOK 100 million annually to strengthen the country’s education

  • Government support to European research programme on CCS

    02/07/2014 News story Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    On behalf of the Norwegian Government, Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tord Lien has replied positively to an invitation from the European Commissioner of Energy Günther Oettinger to participate in a research programme under the Horizon 2020

  • Moving election work to Tønsberg

    01/07/2014 Press release Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation

    The Government has decided that the responsibility for organising elections in Norway will be moved out of the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation to an election directorate. The election directorate will be located in Tønsberg. “We want

  • Norway condemns killing of Israeli teenagers

    01/07/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Norway condemns the killing of the three Israeli teenagers who were abducted nearly three weeks ago. Those responsible must be arrested and brought to justice, and further escalation of the conflict must be avoided,’ said Minister of Foreign

  • Norway and the EU Power Market

    01/07/2014 News story Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The European Commission and the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy will hold a conference on the EU power market.

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