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  • Bård Vegar Solhjell new Director General of Norad

    08/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Bård Vegar Solhjell was today appointed new Director General of Norad, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. Mr Solhjell will leave his current position as Secretary General of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Norway.

  • Changes among the political advisers

    08/11/2019 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    Political adviser Ms. Maria Kristina Göthner is temporarily appointed as state secretary to Minister of Education and Integration, Mr. Jan Tore Sanner, from 1 January 2020 to 15 May 2020. In the same period the Office of the Prime Minister has

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    08/11/2019 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has appointed political adviser Ms. Maria Kristine Strandskog Göthner as temporarily state secretary to Minister of Education and Integration, Mr. Jan Tore Sanner, in the period that state

  • Norway provides NOK 300 million annually for renewable energy in poor countries

    07/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Increased access to clean energy will reduce poverty, improve health and mitigate climate change. The Government is therefore allocating up to NOK 300 million annually to provide better guarantees for businesses that are willing to invest in

  • Major Milestone: Norway declares IOC for F-35A

    06/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Defence

    On November 6th 2019 Norwegian air chief Major General Tonje Skinnarland declared Norway's F-35As operational, after completing a deployment in November meant to validate that they are able to operate the jets away from Norway's home base, Ørland

  • NOK 245 billion in net revenue from the petroleum industry in 2020

    06/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The Norwegian State’s net cash flow from the petroleum industry in 2020 is estimated to about NOK 245 billion.

  • The appeal case in the lawsuit regarding the 23rd licensing round

    05/11/2019 News story Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The appeal case concerning the validity of the decision regarding the production licenses under the 23rd licencing round on the Norwegian Continental Shelf started in Borgarting Court of Appeal 5 November.

  • New suppliers for the seed vault

    01/11/2019 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    For the first time, seeds were received from the Slovak gene bank, as well as from Poland, to Svalbard's Global seed vault. With the two new suppliers, deposits from 78 different gene banks are now stored in the vault.

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    01/11/2019 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has appointed Mr. Geir Inge Sivertsen as state secretary to Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, as of 4 November 2019.

  • Norway increases support for crisis-hit population of South Sudan

    31/10/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The humanitarian situation for people in South Sudan is dire. According to the UN, 7.2 million people are in need of humanitarian aid. ‘The humanitarian crisis has now been exacerbated by heavy rains and floods. Norway is therefore increasing its

  • Norway signed maritime delimitation agreements with Iceland and Denmark/the Faroe Islands

    30/10/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    In connection with the Nordic Council’s session in Stockholm, Norway has signed two maritime delimitation agreements, with Iceland and Denmark/the Faroe Islands. State Secretary Jens Frølich Holte signed the agreements on behalf of Norway. An

  • Norway to provide 2 million NOK to support new international partnership on plastic waste

    24/10/2019 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Today, Norway announced a contribution to the new established partnership on plastic waste under the Basel Convention. The partnership aims at securing better treatment of plastic waste and avoiding plastic pollution, in particular to the oceans.

  • Commitments worth NOK 583 billion for the ocean at the Our Ocean conference in Oslo

    24/10/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “I am very pleased with the great engagement shown at the Our Ocean conference these two days in Oslo. 370 commitments have been made, at a total value of at least NOK 583 billion (63 billion dollars),” said Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide.

  • - Must join forces to fight illegal fishing

    23/10/2019 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    Norway allocates 1.5 million USD to the fight against illegal fishing, through the initiative «Blue Justice».

  • Norway steps up development assistance for promoting healthy and sustainable oceans

    23/10/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The world is facing major challenges, and a growing global population will need more food, more jobs and clean energy. The oceans can provide many of the solutions to these challenges, and we are therefore stepping up our development assistance for

  • Government to provide NOK 3 billion to promote cleaner oceans

    23/10/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Office of the Prime Minister

    Norway will provide more than NOK 3 billion to a number of initiatives to promote sustainable ocean management in the period 2020-2024. The initiatives will be announced at the Our Ocean conference in Oslo, which begins today.

  • The impact of digitization on the Norwegian Music Industry

    22/10/2019 News story Ministry of Culture

    On behalf of the Norwegian Ministry of Culture, the Center for Creative Industries at BI Norwegian Business School (BI:CCI) together with Menon Economics has conducted a study of the impacts of digitization on the music industry. The study,

  • Troika Statement on the South Sudan Peace Process - October 2019

    21/10/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On a critical time for the peace process in South Sudan it's important with continued pressure to form an transitional government that includes all and shows the will for real peace, a statement from the so called Troika (USA, UK and Norway) says.

  • New ambassadors from Belgium, Croatia, Colombia and Uganda

    17/10/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Four new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 17 October 2019.

  • National Budget 2020: Full speed ahead in road and rail construction

    14/10/2019 Press release Ministry of Transport

    “The Government plans to continue its efforts to develop our nation and build a sustainable welfare society. This requires modern infrastructure, with efficient and safe transport options. We continue our efforts to improve the transport sector,

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