Press Releases

Here are the press statements made by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Kurdish-Norwegian director Zaradasht Ahmed’s Nowhere to Hide named Best Feature-Length Documentary at the world’s largest documentary film festival. Read more

‘I am pleased we have succeeded in gaining broad support for the UN resolution on the protection of human rights defenders. It is vital that human rights defenders are able to carry out their work safely and without risk of reprisals if we are to build sustainable, open and democratic societies,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

‘It is essential to increase climate finance for poor countries in order to reach agreement in Paris and so that the new agreement can be implemented effectively,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Read more

‘The Government is continuing to intensify its education efforts in countries affected by poverty, conflict and crises. We have therefore proposed an increase in aid for education of NOK 500 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

‘The Government is proposing the largest humanitarian budget ever. Acute, large-scale crises in the Middle East and Africa make this concerted effort necessary. Norway’s humanitarian budget is being increased by one billion kroner,’ Foreign Minister Børge Brende said. Read more

Norway is to provide NOK 200 million in budget support to Ukraine to support the Ukrainian Government’s work to carry out reforms. ‘This support for Ukraine is important for helping to achieve essential restructuring and modernisation,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

‘Norway has today been invited to enter into formal partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. I welcome this partnership, which will give us access to important political arenas and enhance the opportunities for Norwegian companies in Southeast Asian markets,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

Photo: OCHA/Philippe Kropf.

‘Seldom has the world witnessed so many major humanitarian crises as it did in 2014, and the UN estimates that the need for humanitarian relief will continue to increase next year,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende. Norway will increase its support to humanitarian crises through the UN Central Emergency Response Fund. Read more

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Norway will provide NOK 1.6 billion (USD 258 mill) to the Green Climate Fund over the next four years. Read more

Foreign Minister of Norway Børge Brende undergoes the mandatory check for Ebola upon arrival at Dakar airport. . 
Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix.

‘The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the worst the world has ever seen, and is a serious threat to health, security and development both in the region and globally. Unless the international community, and particularly the UN and WHO, scale up and speed up the response, the situation will continue to deteriorate,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

FM Børge Brende, FM of Egypt Sameh Shoukry and Deputy Prime Minister of Palestine, Mohammed Mustafa. 
Photo: Frode Overland Andersen/UD.

A total of USD 5.4 billion in assistance to Palestine was pledged at today’s international donor conference for Gaza and Palestine. ‘This solid result demonstrates massive international support for the Palestinian people. It sends a strong signal that the world is standing together to rebuild Gaza. We expect that Israel will do its part to reverse its access restrictions on Gaza, so that the... Read more

Health workers have to wear protective suits to ensure they do not catch the virus. 
Photo: Getty Images.

Norway is the first country to support the World Bank’s new multidonor fund for the fight against Ebola. ‘It is positive that the World Bank is setting up a fund to put the health sector in the affected countries in a better position to deal with the crisis. Norway will contribute nearly NOK 70 million to the fund,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

Foreign Minister of Norway Børge Brende, pictured here leading the Norwegian delegation during talks in July in Cairo, has proposed that his country and Egypt host a donor conference for the reconstruction of Gaza. 
Photo: Associated Press.

'The Governments of Egypt and Norway, supported by President Mahmoud Abbas, have decided to co-host a conference on Palestine with a focus on the reconstruction of Gaza. The invitations to the conference, to be held in Cairo, will be duly extended once an agreement on a sustainable ceasefire has been reached as a result of the ongoing talks in Cairo,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

Photo: Forsvarets mediesenter  /  Torbjørn Kjosvold .

Norway is to play a significant role in removing chemical weapons from Syria and transporting them out of the country for destruction elsewhere. Read more

Norway is providing NOK 65 million in immediate humanitarian aid to the Philippines. “I would like to express my sympathy with the Philippine people who have been so badly hit by this disaster. We are following the humanitarian situation in the Philippines closely, and will provide further assistance when we have a better overview of exactly what is needed,” commented Minister of Foreign Affair... Read more

“I welcome the agreement reached by Russia and the US on the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons. This is a breakthrough for diplomacy in what has been a deadlocked conflict. Russia and the US must be commended for their efforts to achieve this agreement. I hope this will be the first step in a new diplomatic initiative to bring the civil war in Syria to an end,” said Minister of Foreign Affair... Read more

“I am deeply concerned over the difficult working conditions for humanitarian workers in Somalia, and the security risks for those seeking to access aid. The population is in need of humanitarian support in many areas of the country, and the right to safely receive aid should be respected by all parts of the conflict,” said Minister of International Development Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås. Read more

A new report of developing countries’ debt owed to Norway, was presented in Oslo yesterday. “Norway is the first country in the world to have carried out an independent audit of debt agreements. We are doing this to make sure that we are living up to our responsibility as a lender to developing countries,” said Minister of International Development Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås. Read more

Photo: Arthur Gran/Norsk Folkemuseum .

Women’s rights are increasingly coming under pressure in many countries. Today the Government launched its new Action Plan for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Foreign and Development Policy. Norway is, and will continue to be, at the forefront of the fight for women’s rights internationally, and we intend to increase our efforts through our embassies. Read more

“Norway condemns the disproportionate use of violence against demonstrators in Egypt. I have talked today to Egypt’s interim Prime Minister, Hazem el-Beblawi. My message was that everything must be done to prevent a blood bath, that the security forces must comply with international human rights obligations, and that all parties must show restraint,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth... Read more