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  • Election in Syria has no legitimacy

    03/06/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The so-called election in Syria today is a farce and has no legitimacy. It is impossible to hold a democratic election in a situation where millions of Syrians have fled their homes, cities are in ruins, and blood is being shed on a daily basis,’

  • The Expert Group on investments in coal and petroleum companies invites to a stakeholder meeting

    03/06/2014 News story Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance has appointed an expert group to assess the Government Pension Fund Global's (GPFG) appropriate use of policy instruments and investments in coal and petroleum companies. The Storting (the Norwegian parliament) has asked the

  • Norwegian funding for polio eradication increased

    02/06/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is increasing its annual support for efforts to eradicate polio from NOK 50 million to NOK 240 million for the next six years. The funding will be channelled through the GAVI Alliance.

  • High North Programme – call for applications 2014

    27/05/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The Government’s goal is for Norway to be a leader in the field of knowledge and education in the High North. This new call for applications is a good opportunity for Norwegian institutions to start higher education collaboration with

  • Norway congratulates Ukraine on presidential election

    26/05/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I would like to congratulate the people of Ukraine on a successfully conducted presidential election. Despite the fact that many Ukrainians in Donetsk, Luhansk and Crimea were prevented from participating, the preliminary statement of the election

  • Statement from the Nordic Prime Ministers’ meeting at Lake Mývatn, Iceland

    26/05/2014 News story Office of the Prime Minister

    We, the Nordic Prime Ministers, reaffirm our commitment to the strong co-operation that exists between our countries. Nordic co-operation has long traditions and has produced important results in many fields, both within the formal framework of the

  • New Government in India

    26/05/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Narendra Modi, who led his party BJP to victory in the Indian general election, was sworn in as Prime Minister on 26 May. Mr Modi invited heads of government from neighbouring states in South Asia to attend the ceremony.

  • A future-oriented Government Building Complex

    25/05/2014 Press release Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation

    “History will unite with the future. We will change, but also preserve. The new Government Building Complex will be modern, stimulate vibrant and safe urban spaces and create good jobs, while also preserving our history,” says Prime Minister Erna

  • Norway condemns terrorist attack on parliament in Mogadishu

    24/05/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende condemns the attack on the Federal Parliament in Mogadishu on 24 May in the strongest terms.

  • The IMF presents views on the Norwegian economy 2014

    23/05/2014 Press release Ministry of Finance

    Today a mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) presented its views on the Norwegian economy and Norwegian economic policy. The mission’s report is supportive of the government’s fiscal policy and suggests that changes to the Norwegian

  • Coup in Thailand

    22/05/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘It is worrying that the military have seized power in Thailand. It is now vital that the military show restraint, that human rights are respected and the use of violence is avoided,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • ICC should investigate atrocities in Syria

    22/05/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The International Criminal Court should investigate the atrocities in Syria. Norway supports the resolution submitted to the UN Security Council today, which calls on the ICC to look into the situation in Syria,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs

  • CO2 storage atlas for the Norwegian continental shelf

    21/05/2014 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s (NPD’s) work to map the Norwegian continental shelf to determine possible storage locations for CO2 is now completed. The CO2 storage atlas covers areas of the Norwegian continental shelf open for exploration.

  • International community pledges additional USD 600 million to South Sudan

    20/05/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The international humanitarian pledging conference for South Sudan has resulted in a doubling of the funds pledged by the international community for humanitarian efforts, from USD 600 million to over USD 1.2 billion. ‘I am delighted that Norway, by

  • NOK 43 million to alleviate flood disaster in Bosnia-Hercegovina and Serbia

    19/05/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The Government has allocated NOK 43 million to alleviate the devastation caused by the catastrophic flooding in Bosnia-Hercegovina and Serbia. My thoughts are with all those who are affected by this disaster,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge

  • Prime Minister Solberg to visit Africa 1–4 July

    19/05/2014 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    1-4 July Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg will visit Africa as a follow-up of her post on the UN Secretary-General’s Millennium Development Goals Advocacy Group. Solberg is co-chair of the group with President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. The Prime

  • USD 63 million to alleviate humanitarian crisis in South Sudan

    19/05/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Five million people in South Sudan are in acute need of humanitarian assistance. ‘The crisis is expected to escalate significantly in the months ahead. The Norwegian Government is therefore allocating a further USD 63 million to humanitarian efforts

  • Norway welcomes agreement between Colombian Government and FARC on illicit drugs

    17/05/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'It is encouraging that the parties to the conflict have now reached agreement on how they can work together to combat the problems related to illicit drugs in Colombia. The production and sale of cocaine is a serious problem not only for Colombia

  • Strengthened High North cooperation between Norway and Finland

    14/05/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Norway and Finland are establishing a partnership with a view to cooperating more closely on the High North. The aim is to strengthen economic and scientific cooperation between our two countries,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Additional NOK 166 million for humanitarian assistance

    14/05/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The need for humanitarian assistance is greater in 2014 than ever before. In the revised national budget, the Government proposes an increase of NOK 166 million in allocations for this purpose. This will enable us to provide more emergency aid for

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