Violent conflicts are increasing in number and in complexity. Their humanitarian consequences are devastating, and a record number of people have been forced to flee their homes. ‘Preventing conflicts is infinitely preferable to repairing the damage they cause once they begin. It is also cheaper. Norway will now increase its support to the UN Peacebuilding Fund by NOK 115 million over a period ...

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‘I am appalled and horrified that a large aid convoy has been bombed today, and that crucial emergency relief for the people of Syria will not reach those in need,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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’Despite the financial hardship facing the Palestinian government, I welcome all constructive steps that will contribute to strengthening the Palestinian economy. Both parties have proven that through leadership and compromise, progress is achievable,’ said Norway’s Foreign Minister, Børge Brende in the meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC).

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‘Since 2002, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has saved more than 20 million lives. Norway has been a key supporter of the Global Fund from the outset. We are now increasing Norway’s contribution, and will provide NOK 2 billion in support for the period 2017-2019,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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The Norwegian Oscar Committee, including representatives of the Norwegian Film Institute and the Norwegian film industry, has shortlisted three films for the choice of Norway’s official candidate for the nomination for the 2017 Academy Award as Best Foreign-Language: Norwegian directors Erik Poppe’s The King’s Choice (Kongens nei), Erik Skjoldbjærg’s The Pyromaniac (Pyromanen) and Rune Denstad...

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Photo: Oljedirektoratet.

Norway and Lebanon have been working together for the past 10 years on technical capacity building and sustainable management of petroleum resources. One of many testaments to close relations are visiting delegations between Norway and Lebanon. This week, H.E. Minister Nazarian visited the Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) conference in Stavanger, Norway, in addition to meeting with two of the...

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In the course of a few days, the parties in the Philippine peace process have reached agreement on issues that have blocked progress for many years. The agreement to recommend amnesties and a ceasefire is a breakthrough. It is also of crucial importance that the whole of the communist movement National Democratic Front of the Philippines is now represented here in Oslo,’ said Minister of Foreig...

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Photo: ILO/Carla Calvo.

A new Norwegian-funded ILO project will work to withdraw hundreds of Lebanese and Syrian children from hazardous working conditions and protect thousands of others from the worst forms of child labour.

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Without increased conservation, Lebanon risks losing the seeds necessary for planting new forests in the future. Now, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Lebanese Minister of Agriculture have agreed to establish a national center for forests seeds. The center is established with financial support from Norway.

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