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Norway will host the sixth World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Oslo 21-23 June 2016. The Congress will attract 1300 participants from over 80 countries, including ministers, parliamentarians, academics, lawyers, and members of civil society.

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State secretary Tore Hattrem today visited returnees to recently released land areas in Valalai, Northern Province, as part of his two-day visit to Sri Lanka. Valalai is part of a Norwegian supported project implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support livelihoods within fisheries and agriculture of returnees. Mr Hattrem was informed about the project and spoke to some ...

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On 2 June 2016 the Danish Parliament has passed a bill to Repeal the Greencard Scheme (Law 169) and has also passed a bill introducing changes to the Pay Limit Scheme (Law 168). Both bills will come into effect as of 10 June 2016.  9 June is the last day one can hand in applications for a Greencard. From 10 June it will no longer be possible to submit new applications for a Gre

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende was taking part in the launch of the Nordic Microfinance Initiative (NMI) yesterday. This is a new Nordic cooperation venture involving private Norwegian investors and two state investment funds, the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (Norfund) and Denmark’s Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU). The first capital injection is...

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State Secretary Tore Hattrem visits Sri Lanka 31 May – 1 June. The purpose of the visit is to have bilateral meetings and to develop further the business cooperation between Sri Lanka and Norway. The visit follows the successful visit of Foreign Minister Børge Brende in January. Mr Hattrem served as ambassador to Sri Lanka during 2007-2010

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Det har regnet kraftig i deler av Sri Lanka den siste uken, noe som har medført flom flere steder. Det har også gått flere jordskred i fjellskråninger i høylandet sørvest for Kandy . Nordmenn som reiser i området, eller som planlegger å reise dit, oppfordres til å holde seg orienterte om situasjonen gjennom media, og å følge lokale myndigheters råd. Ambassaden kan alltid kontaktes ved behov.

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Photo: UN Photo Eskinder Debebe media freedom.

Today, World Press Freedom Day is being celebrated with more than 100 events all over the world. The overarching theme for this year’s international event is access to information and fundamental freedoms.

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Without a political process to resolve the conflict, strengthening Palestine’s economic sustainability is the most efficient way of defending the two-state solution,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. But this cannot substitute the efforts to resolve the conflict through a political process.

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Norway is earmarking NOK 40 million for efforts to help people with disabilities and to combat sexual violence in humanitarian crises. ‘Certain groups are more vulnerable than others in situations of war and conflict. Norway will intensify its efforts to prevent violence and injury, and to help those who are affected,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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(Press Release, Date: 4 March 2016) A total of 125 million people are in need of emergency assistance and protection, and the UN is calling for record levels of humanitarian aid. ‘As well as mobilising more assistance, we also need to strengthen the UN’s ability to coordinate this assistance. Norway is now providing NOK 70 million in core funding to support the UN’s coordination efforts. The ai...

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