Press releases

A new fund for education in emergencies, Education Cannot Wait, was launched at the world Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul 23 May 2016. ‘The aim is to increase access to education for children and young people in emergencies. This is important not only for the individuals concerned, but also for the future of the countries they are living in. Norway is providing up to NOK 100 million for the fir... Read more

Media Freedom. 
Photo: UN/Eskinder Debebe.

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. Read more

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is launching a new strategy today for efforts to promote freedom of expression. ‘Freedom of expression and independent media are under growing pressure. Norway is therefore strengthening its international work in this field,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

The Norwegian government has introduced temporary border controls to prevent people without the required travel documents from entering the country. Read more

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg joins fellow Heads of State and Government for an historic summit to adopt the world's new development agenda. The Sustainable Development Goals constitute an ambitious and universal plan to eradicate all poverty in the world and facilitate sustainable development over the next 15 years. Read more

World leaders make New York their stage during the UN High Level Week which lasts from September 25th-October 6nd. They will adopt the new Sustainable Development Goals, and discuss key issues such as climate change, global health, education, gender equality and peacekeeping. Read more

Under great racing conditions Taye Babeker Tirfea made a new course record for the Oslo Marathon. 
Photo: Oslo Marathon.

Taye Babeker Tirfea from Ethiopia won the Oslo Marathon with the time 2:20:49, beating his record from last year. This was an impressive run and his second time of winning Oslo Marathon. Read more

Somali refugee children learn English at a primary school in Kobe refugee camp near Dollo Ado, Ethiopia. . 
Photo: UNHCR.

‘World Humanitarian Day is an important reminder that we are living in dramatic times. The world is experiencing large-scale humanitarian crises, and 60 million people have been forced to flee from their homes. Today, I am pleased to announce that Norway will provide a further NOK 50 million for Yemen and a number of forgotten crises,’ Foreign Minister Børge Brende said. Read more

The UN member states today agreed on a new, universal set of sustainable development goals for the next 15 years. The Sustainable Development Goals will replace the UN Millennium Development Goals at the beginning of next year, and they will combine the fight against poverty with a renewed effort to protect the environment. ‘The agreement reached in New York marks the start of an unparalleled... Read more

The preliminary results of a Norwegian-led study in Guinea indicate that the first effective Ebola vaccine may have been successfully developed. ‘An effective vaccine would be a significant breakthrough in the fight against Ebola, and would be invaluable for the affected countries and the international community as a whole,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. The preliminary results... Read more

‘I am extremely pleased that the UN member states have agreed on a framework for financing sustainable development. This is good news for the world, and particularly for the least developed countries,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

HRH Crown Prince Haakon, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Foreign Minister Børge Brende and Malala Yousafzai. 
Photo: MFA/Espen Røst.

The Oslo Summit insists that the third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa commits to a scaling up of investments and international cooperation for education. Read more

The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Børge Brende and Executive Director of UNICEF Anthony Lake. 
Photo: MFA/Espen Røst.

‘Norway will provide NOK 1.16 billion for UNICEF’s education efforts over a two-year period. UNICEF delivers good results in the field, and is an important partner for Norway in our global education initiative,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

The Oslo Summit will build on the outcomes of the World Education Forum in Korea in May 2015, and provide input to the third International Conference on Financing for Development in Ethiopia in July. Read more

Foreign Minister Brende meeting with representatives for the campaign #bringbackourgirls . 
Photo: M.B.Haga/Norwegian MFA.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is hosting an international conference in Oslo from 28 to 29 May entitled ‘Protecting Education from Attack’. Foreign Minister Børge Brende will open the conference, and states represented at the conference will be encouraged to endorse a Safe Schools Declaration. Read more

Norway strongly condemns the mass murder of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya. The killings are claimed by groups affiliated with Isil. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to their families and to the people of Ethiopia’, Foreign Minister Børge Brende said. Read more

Photo: MFA/Astrid Sehl.

Norway is providing NOK 90 million to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. This is an increase of NOK 10 million compared with last year. ‘Strengthening the UN’s human rights work is vital, particularly at a time when these rights are under increasing pressure globally,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

The Government of Norway and the African Union have signed a funding agreement providing USD 2,750,000 in direct support for the African Union’s Ebola response in West Africa. Read more

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 has been awarded the Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi and the Pakistani children’s education activist Malala Yousafzai. Read more