Regional Cooperation

This week on February 14th, former SRSG and head of UN Missions in South-Sudan, Hilde Frafjord Johnson, was a guest of honor at a seminar hosted by CDRC and the Embassy. There were good discussions on the future of South-Sudan and how negotiations should proceed in order to attain peace. Below is the statement she made. Read more

Deputy Executive Secretary Giovanie Biha, Deputy Executive Secretary Abdalla Hamdok, Counsellor Rina Kristmoen(Norwegian Embassy) and Eskandar Nega (UNECA)
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UNs Economic Commission for Africa continues to inform and shape policy choices and decisions of member states in transforming African economies and ending poverty, as one of the UN's five regional commissions. The meeting 22 September focused on the 6 month ECA Programme Performance Review, and highlighted how Agenda 2030 and 2063 can be operationalized in order for the Sustainable Development... Read more

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. Read more

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,May 10, 2016. The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Partners Group—including representatives of Canada, China, Ethiopia, Kenya, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uganda, the African Union Commission, the European Union, the IGAD Partners Forum and the United Nations—have met to discuss... Read more

The meeting highlighted the importance of conflict prevention in Africa and the world.  Mr Lykketoft said it is time to take concrete steps of action to prevent future conflicts. 
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On Friday March 4, the Embassy attended the «African Regional Consultation on the UN General Assembly Debate on Peace and Security» at the UN Conference Center in Addis Ababa, a preparatory meeting before the “High-level Thematic Debate on UN, Peace and Security” on May 10-11 convened by the President of the UN General Assembly, Mr Mogens Lykketoft. Read more

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 576th meeting, held on 16 February 2016, in Addis Ababa, dedicated an open session to the theme: migration, peace and security in Africa. Read more

African Union is viewed as a key partner for Norway in implementing the Valletta action plan and addressing the underlying causes of migration on the African continent. 
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On Tuesday 16th February, the African Union Peace and Security Council held an Open Session on Migration, Peace and Security. The session gathered Peace and Security Council members, other AU Member States as well as partner countries, for discussions on this highly timely and important topic. Read more

Ms. Tuesday Reitano from Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, talked about illicit human smuggling, trafficking and refugees to Europe. . 
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On February 3-4, The Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa hosted a migration seminar, where Norwegian Embassies from Africa North of the equator, The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI), the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and external guests attended. Migration and refugees coming from Africa to Europe constitute a great challenge, and the aim of the... Read more

From left: Justice Ben Kioko, judge of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Ms. Tone Skogen, Norway’s State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Faith Pansy Tlakula, head of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights(ACHPR), Cmr Soyata Maiga, special Rapporteur of the ACHPR, and Mr. Andreas Gaarder, Norway’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and the AU.). 
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On Thursday 28th January, the Norwegian State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Tone Skogen, hosted a luncheon gathering key individuals representing different African human rights mechanisms and institutions. On the occasion of 2016 being the African Year for Human Rights, with a particular focus on Women’s Rights, the luncheon provided a unique opportunity to discuss the expectations for the... Read more

Women's rights and gender equality should be central to all efforts to promote peace and security. 
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The United Nations celebrates the efforts of women's participation and influence in peace and reconciliation processes. Norway is represented by State Secretary Tone Skogen. Read more

President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir. 
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'It is encouraging that the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, yesterday signed the peace agreement with the opposition in South Sudan. Let us hope that this will bring an end to the tragic conflict, which has lasted for 20 months. I expect all parties to comply with the whole peace agreement, as it has now been negotiated. We cannot accept any attempts to opt out of parts of the agreement,'... Read more

Foreign Minister Brende visited Ethiopia in 2014 for talks on the crisis in South Sudan. 
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Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende has called on the Government of South Sudan to sign the IGAD Plus Peace Agreement, and on all the parties to the conflict to implement it. Read more

‘I condemn today’s terrorist attack in Sousse in Tunisia. Once again, ruthless terrorists have carried out a brutal attack on civilians in the country. Our thoughts go to all those who have lost their loved ones,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

‘The humanitarian needs in South Sudan are massive, and they are increasing. Nearly eight million people are experiencing a critical food shortage, out of a population of just over 11 million. Norway is now increasing its support for humanitarian assistance in the country by NOK 30 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

The South Sudanese authorities have decided to expel the UN Humanitarian Coordinator and Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer. ‘The expulsion of Toby Lanzer is unacceptable, and we urge South Sudan to reverse the decision. Norway fully supports the UN in this matter,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

The AU reiterates its appeal for dialogue and restraint in order to find a consensual solution to the crisis. Read more

There is a the need to maintain Norway’s political engagement in favour of the people of South Sudan. 
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For the second time the Embassy has hosted (27 and 28 April) a sub-regional meeting on the crisis in South Sudan. Read more

‘We are facing an unprecedented situation in the Mediterranean region, where a growing number of refugees trying to reach Europe are losing their lives in the attempt. There have been further tragedies in the last few days. Several boats have capsized, and hundreds of people have drowned. Norway is providing NOK 50 million for measures to help refugees and migrants in transit countries in Afric... Read more

The members of the Troika (the United States, the United Kingdom and Norway) have issued a joint statement where they express disappointment that a genuine National Dialogue in Sudan has not begun and concerns for the upcoming elections. Read more

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The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has expressed satisfaction at the recent official announcement of the results on the elections in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Read more