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  • Extended mandate for human rights defenders

    31/03/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On Friday 28 March, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a draft resolution introduced by Norway, and extended the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders for a period of three years.

  • Prime Minister Erna Solberg congratulates Jens Stoltenberg on appointment as NATO Secretary General

    28/03/2014 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    “I would like to congratulate Jens Stoltenberg on his appointment as Secretary General of NATO. In Jens Stoltenberg, NATO has found a strong, unifying Secretary General. Today, Jens Stoltenberg has been given an important task that carries a great

  • Restrictive measures against further twelve persons who threaten the sovereignty of Ukraine

    28/03/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to expand the list of persons targeted by restrictive measures for actions that undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. A further twelve persons have been

  • Peace agreement signed in the Philippines

    28/03/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On Thursday, the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed a peace agreement that brings an end to the conflict on the second largest island in the Philippines, Mindanao. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and

  • Russian mathematician receives the 2014 Abel Prize

    26/03/2014 News story Ministry of Education and Research

    The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2014 to Yakov G. Sinai (78) of Princeton University, USA, and the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, "for his fundamental

  • Death sentences in Egypt unacceptable

    25/03/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “It is completely unacceptable that more than 500 people have been condemned to death in a summary trial. The court’s judgment is shocking, and the conduct of the trial gives cause for concern about the fundamental standards of the Egyptian legal

  • Norway suspends all planned military activities with Russia

    25/03/2014 Press release Ministry of Defence

    Norway has decided to suspend all scheduled bilateral military activities with Russia until the end of May 2014.

  • Nuclear safety cooperation with Ukraine

    25/03/2014 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    At a meeting with Ukraine’s Acting Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia during the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, Prime Minister Erna Solberg was able to offer Ukraine a long-term programme of safety cooperation with Sweden and Norway at the

  • New evaluation of Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative

    24/03/2014 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Norway has created the political space needed to improve forest governance. This is one of the conclusions in a new evaluation of Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI).

  • Measures against individuals whose actions threaten Ukraine’s territorial integrity

    21/03/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Government has today adopted restrictive measures against individuals responsible for actions that undermine or threaten the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

  • Wegger Chr. Strømmen appointed new Foreign Ministry Secretary General

    21/03/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Political Director Wegger Chr. Strømmen was today appointed Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He will take up his new post this summer.

  • Norwegian Invitation to Conclude Coastal State Agreements on Blue Whiting and Norwegian Spring Spawning Herring for 2014

    20/03/2014 News story Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    Despite several rounds of negotiations, there are no coastal state agreements in place for 2014 neither for blue whiting nor for Norwegian spring spawning herring. Norway has been ready to conclude both agreements since last autumn.

  • Norway condemns Russia’s annexation of Crimea

    18/03/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “Norway condemns Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which is in violation of international law. The use of military force by Russia to redraw national boundaries is unacceptable,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs

  • Election victory for largest governing party in Serbia

    17/03/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “The parliamentary elections in Serbia have given the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) and First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic a clear mandate to continue the policy of reform, the process of EU integration and work to normalise

  • Regrettable Russian veto in the Security Council

    15/03/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Russia vetoed a resolution in the UN Security Council this afternoon regarding the situation in Ukraine. Norway was co-sponsor of the resolution.

  • Crimea referendum illegal and illegitimate

    14/03/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “The use of force, threats of the use of force and intervention in the internal affairs of another country violate the fundamental principles of international law,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Norway condemns rocket attacks on Israel

    13/03/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “I condemn the rocket attacks launched from Gaza at southern Israel both yesterday and today,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Accusations against UN mission in South Sudan are unacceptable

    12/03/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “The unreasonable and groundless accusations that have been made against the UN mission in South Sudan the last few days are unacceptable. The UN represents the entire international community in its efforts to support South Sudan on the path towards

  • Financial advisers appointed for privatisation of Entra

    11/03/2014 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    Entra and the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries have appointed ABG Sundal Collier, Goldman Sachs and Swedbank as financial advisers for the privatisation of Entra.

  • Council of Europe must discuss situation in Ukraine

    10/03/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “A meeting of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers should be held as soon as possible to discuss the situation in Ukraine. The Council of Europe plays a key role in promoting democracy and the rule of law in its member states. The Council

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