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  • New round of death sentences in Egypt

    28/04/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “It is shocking and unacceptable that an Egyptian court has once again pronounced a summary judgment - this time passing 683 death sentences. We are now witnessing a situation where Egyptian courts are seriously undermining the country’s reputation

  • New agreement on Norwegian support for UN human rights efforts

    28/04/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    In Geneva, Foreign Minister Børge Brende and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay signed an agreement under which Norway will provide NOK 250 million to support the UN’s human rights efforts over the next three years.

  • Open meeting with Gordon Brown on global education

    25/04/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Former United Kingdom Prime Minister, UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Mr Gordon Brown met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende this week in Oslo

  • Norway condemns attacks on civilians and UN personnel in South Sudan

    18/04/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “Norway condemns the killing and injuring of civilians in South Sudan in recent days. These attacks are clear violations of the Cessation of Hostilities agreement, which both parties to the conflict have signed. Leaders on both sides of South Sudan’

  • NATOs utenriksministermøte

    18/04/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Deeply worrying developments in eastern Ukraine

    13/04/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “Developments in eastern Ukraine over the last 24 hours give cause for concern. It is deeply regrettable that once again people have been killed as a result of the political conflict in the country,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Norway to host donor conference for South Sudan

    12/04/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “South Sudan is experiencing a humanitarian crisis as a result of the armed conflict in the country. We cannot simply stand by and watch this happen. In response to a request from the UN, Norway will hold a conference in Oslo in May to mobilise

  • Dignified resolution of the Pioneer diver case

    10/04/2014 News story Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

    In December 2013, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled in favour of seven North Sea divers, finding that the Norwegian State has violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights concerning the right to respect for private and

  • APA 2014 - Acreage announcement

    07/04/2014 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    Today, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy is announcing this year’s licensing round for mature areas on the Norwegian continental shelf - Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2014. The aim is to award new production licences in the announced areas at

  • A sound and responsible management of the Government Pension Fund

    04/04/2014 Press release Ministry of Finance

    "The Government is today presenting a report to Parliament (Storting) on the management of the Government Pension Fund in 2013. - The Fund has served us well and it gives important contributions to the financing of our welfare state", says Minister

  • Change among the state secretaries

    04/04/2014 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has appointed Mr. Lars Jacob Hiim, as state secretary to Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland. At the same time Mr. Eirik Lae Solberg has been honourably discharged from the same office.

  • NOK 150 million allocated to business projects in the north

    04/04/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “Promoting economic activity and providing jobs in the north are important objectives of Norway’s High North policy. Our High North efforts have so far focused on increasing knowledge, but now we need to translate this into concrete value creation.

  • Expert group on investments in coal and petroleum companies

    04/04/2014 Press release 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.

  • Countercyclical buffer unchanged

    04/04/2014 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance has today decided to keep the level of the countercyclical capital buffer for banks unchanged. This is in line with the advice from Norges Bank. The Financial Supervisory Authority has stated that it concurs with the advice.

  • Violence and arrests in Venezuela

    03/04/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Since the beginning of February, Venezuela has been hit by a wave of protests and political unrest. More than 35 people are reported to have been killed. Many others have been injured. A number of protesters have also been arrested.

  • Norway supports China’s participation in Trade in Services Agreement talks

    31/03/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “I am pleased that China has today confirmed that it would like to participate in the negotiations on an international Trade in Services Agreement,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Celebrating the Constitution abroad

    31/03/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Nearly 150 different events to celebrate the bicentenary of the Norwegian Constitution will be held by our missions abroad in 2014.

  • 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

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