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From left: Mr Kristinn Árnason, Secretary-General, EFTA; Ms Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Iceland; Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Liechtenstein; Mr Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, President of the Swiss Confederation and Federal Councillor, Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, Switzerland; Ms Monica Mæland, Minister of Trade and Industry, Norway. 
Photo: EFTA.From left: Mr Kristinn Árnason, Secretary-General, EFTA; Ms Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Iceland; Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Liechtenstein; Mr Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, President of the Swiss Confederation and Federal Councillor, Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, Switzerland; Ms Monica Mæland, Minister of Trade and Industry, Norway. Photo: EFTA

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held its summer Ministerial meeting in Bern, Switzerland, on 27 June 2016. The meeting was chaired by Mr Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, President of the Swiss Confederation and Federal Councillor, Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research. The Norwegian delegation was headed by Ms Monica Mæland, Minister of Trade and...

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Melting iceberg near the Arctic Circle in Kulusuk, Greenland. 
Photo: klem@s /CC BY /Flickr.com.

Norway is among the first States that formally join the international Paris Agreement on climate change.

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The session takes place from 13 June to 1 July 2016 and will focus on women’s rights and non-discrimination of sexual minorities.

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From left: Kåre Simensen (Labour Party), Kenneth Svendsen (Progress Party), ambassador Harald Neple, Elin Agdestein (Conservative Party) and Gunnar Gundersen (Conservative Party). 
Photo: Stortinget.

The 2016 Annual Session of the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO took place in Geneva 13 and 14 June. The overarching theme of the session was “What future for the WTO?”

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Photo: ILO/Aaron Santos / CC BY / Flickr.com.

The core group on business and human rights discusses progress and preliminary findings of the OHCHR Accountability and Remedy Project

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Norway hosted the sixth World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Oslo 21-23 June 2016. The Congress attracted 1500 participants from over 80 countries, including ministers, parliamentarians, academics, lawyers, and members of civil society.

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Photo: Norwegian Mission.

On 13 June 2016 the UN Library in Geneva hosted a talk on Fridtjof Nansen, the First High Commissioner for Refugees, on the occasion of the World Refugee Day 2016

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Towards A Tobacco Free Generation

Last updated: 10.06.2016

Plain packaging has been high on the Norwegian political agenda both at this year’s World Health Assembly and the World No Tobacco day (31 May).

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Norwegian State Secretary of labour and social affairs at the International Labour Conference

Last updated: 13.06.2016

“The ILO’s mandate is as relevant today as it was in 1919”, said the State Secretary as she addressed the 105th International Labour Conference.

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Minister Brende hosted Safe Schools meeting

Last updated: 07.06.2016

During the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul 23 - 24 May 2016, Norway hosted a side-event about the Safe Schools Declaration and the need to protect education from attack during armed conflict.

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The 105th International Labour Conference: Building a future with Decent Work

Last updated: 06.06.2016

This year’s conference gathered more than 6,000 representatives of trade unions, employer organizations and governments from all over the world at the UN Office and the ILO headquarters in Geneva.

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