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  • Public hearing – investments in coal and petroleum companies

    17/12/2014 News story Ministry of Finance

    Today, the Ministry of Finance has circulated the report from the Expert Group on the Government Pension Fund Global’s investments in coal and petroleum companies for a public hearing amongst Norwegian stakeholders.

  • The EU establishes dialogue to promote the rule of law

    16/12/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On 16 December, the Council of the European Union agreed to establish an internal dialogue to follow up EU member states’ compliance with their commitments to the rule of law under EU treaties. The dialogue will be held on a yearly basis.

  • Norway condemns terrorist attack on school in Pakistan

    16/12/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I condemn today’s terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar in the strongest possible terms. Targeting children and teachers in this manner is despicable,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Important step towards global trade agreement

    16/12/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am delighted that the WTO members have adopted the necessary decisions on food security issues and aspects of the Trade Facilitation Agreement so that the decisions made at last year’s Ministerial Conference can now be implemented. This is very

  • One year on, and still no solution to conflict in South Sudan

    15/12/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘It is unacceptable that millions of people in South Sudan continue to suffer while the parties to the conflict show no real willingness to find a solution. The humanitarian disaster in the country is man-made, and President Salva Kiir and former

  • Call for proposals from Civil Society

    15/12/2014 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Norad’s Department for Civil Society under the Norwegian Forest and Climate Initiative (NICFI) announces a call for proposals from civil society organisations working on Climate and Forest issues. The new grant scheme will run over a period of five

  • Annual status report 2013-14

    14/12/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Education for Roma children in Bulgaria. Improved air quality in Polish cities. Many projects and programmes are underway, several in cooperation with Norwegian partners. Read the report online or order a copy by mail.

  • Norway intensifies efforts to promote human rights

    12/12/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Human rights are under pressure internationally. Norway will therefore step up its efforts to promote and protect human rights,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. A white paper on human rights in Norway’s foreign and development policy

  • More efficient arrest procedures in immigration cases

    12/12/2014 News story Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    From 1 January 2015, the police can hold a foreigner longer than today when the arrest occurs under the Immigration Act.

  • Norway suspends bilateral military activities with Russia until the end of 2015

    12/12/2014 Press release Ministry of Defence

    Norway suspends bilateral military activities with Russia until the end of 2015.

  • Climate partnership between Norway, Ethiopia and UK expands with new partner countries

    11/12/2014 Press release Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Today, a number of European countries announced that they will support the climate partnership between Norway, Ethiopia and the UK. The Lima Declaration shows how Ethiopia and the international community will contribute toward achieving Ethiopia's

  • Grave concern over death of Palestinian minister

    11/12/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The reports that Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein died following the use of force by Israeli troops give cause for grave concern,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • AIM Norway to maintain F-35-engines

    11/12/2014 News story Ministry of Defence

    The US Department of Defence today confirmed that future European engine maintenance for the F-35 will be performed by three partner nations, Turkey, Norway and the Netherlands. This means that the Norwegian state owned enterprise, AIM Norway, has

  • The Minister of Culture Widvey candidate for WADAs Executive Committee

    10/12/2014 Press release Ministry of Culture

    The Council of Europe has appointed the Minister of Culture Thorhild Widvey as the European authorities’ candidate for the World Anti Doping Agency (WADAs) Executive Committee from January 1 2015.

  • Norway gives NOK 76 million to restore tropical forests

    10/12/2014 Press release Ministry of Climate and Environment

    At the UN climate change conference (COP20) in Lima, Norway announced NOK 76 million for a new project to support the restoration of forests and landscapes in the tropics. “A very important climate measure for the future,” says Minister of Climate

  • Decisions about completed observation and reinclusion of companies in Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG)

    10/12/2014 News story Ministry of Finance

    At the recommendation of the Council on Ethics, the Ministry of Finance has decided to end the observation of one company and to re-include another company in the GPFG’s investment universe.

  • Report with recommendations for gaming market regulation submitted to Minister of Culture Widvey

    08/12/2014 Press release Ministry of Culture

    On 9 December 2014, Minister of Culture Thorhild Widvey was presented with a report entitled ”Grenselause pengespel - krev ny teknologi ny regulering?” (“Borderless gaming - does new technology require new regulations?”). In this report, an expert

  • Norway increases food assistance to Syria by USD 10 million

    07/12/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The UN World Food Programme has suspended food aid to 1.7 million refugees in Syria’s neighbouring countries, due to lack of funding. ‘There is an urgent need for food assistance. Support from the World Food Programme is the only source of food for

  • Norway to carry out fast-track trials of Ebola vaccine

    05/12/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is leading the work to develop the world’s first vaccine against the Ebola virus in Guinea, where the epidemic first broke out. The Ebola epidemic is continuing to spread in West Africa. So far, over 15 000 people have been infected with the

  • Norway pledges NOK 1.6 billion to the Green Climate Fund

    05/12/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway will provide NOK 1.6 billion (USD 258 mill) to the Green Climate Fund over the next four years. With this announcement, the total amount pledged to the Fund has now reached the equivalent of USD 9.95 billion. Thanks to this increase in Norway

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