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Norway, as one of the Coordinators on Universalization of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), together with Ecuador and the Presidency Costa Rica, hosted a workshop for signatory and observer states from the Asia-Pacific region on 24 March.

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Norway participated in the fifth round of negotiations on the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) 16–20 March in Geneva. The focus of the round was still on nominating environmentally friendly goods to be liberalized in the agreement.

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From the 17th to 19th of March the EIF Global Platform gathered representatives from Least Developed Countries (LDCs), donors and international organizations in order to discuss the way forward for the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF).

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State Secretary Lisbeth Normann speaking at the conference. 
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This week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) hosted a ministerial conference on global action against dementia. The opening remarks of the Director General Chan referred to a “tidal wave of dementia” and illustrated the gravity of the trend in the prevalence of dementia. It is estimated that 47.5 million people are living with dementia this year alone, and the number is increasing every year....

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Calling for more effective protection of Women Human Rights Defenders," Norway joined with the OHCHR and civil society organisations to hold a meeting on 9 March at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The event marked International Women’s Day, highlighted the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights' campaign "reflect2protect, and was held in conjunction with a similar event at the...

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At the 323 rd session of the International Labour Organisations Governing Body a complaint concerning the non-observance of Qatar regarding the ILO conventions on forced labour and labour inspection, was discussed.  In its statement Norway expressed its concerns of the numerous and well-documented accounts of unacceptable working and living conditions among migrant workers in Qatar. Norway fi

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State Secretary of Norway Bård Glad Pedersen visited Geneva in connection with the high-level segment of the UN Human Rights Council. He emphasised that Member States must defend the UN’s most fundamental norms and values, which are increasingly under pressure

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Ten years ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) entered into force. The Convention was negotiated under the former Director General, Dr Gro Harlem Brundtlandand was the first global health treaty.

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