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Photo: MFA/Malgorzata Hauge.Photo: MFA/Malgorzata Hauge

Norway and the Netherlands, in their capacity as co-coordinators on Clearance for the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), invited Lebanese Mine Action Authorities, donors and operators to a workshop in Beirut on 17 November 2016.

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Photo: UN Women.

29 November marks the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, and takes place during the global campaign titled“16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence”. UN experts are concerned about growing challenges driven by deep-rooted discrimination.

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Syrian refugees cross over into the outskirts of Kobani, Turkey, after fleeing their homes. . 
Photo: UNHCR.

‘The world’s greatest refugee crisis is unfolding in Syria and the neighbouring countries. The Government will once again step up its effort to alleviate suffering and help to ensure the best possible protection of the civilian population. We have therefore proposed an increase in humanitarian support for the Syria crisis of NOK 500 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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

On 21 November 2016, EFTA held its biannual Ministerial Meeting in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Ms. Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade. The Norwegian delegation was headed by Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms. Monica Mæland.

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Photo: WHO/S. Hawkey.

21st Nov 2016 – “Many of the known – and still unknown – infectious diseases that are most likely to cause a serious epidemic could be contained by vaccines, but there are rarely vaccines approved or advanced in development,” stated Norway’s Permanent Representative, Ambassador Hans Brattskar at a recent briefing at WHO, co-organized by India and Norway.

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Once a year, the extraordinary service to the forcibly displaced is recognised through the Nansen Refugee Award. The search for the next unsung hero has now begun and nominations for next year’s Refugee Award are open until 6 February 2017.

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Photo: S.H. OMI/UNHCR.

The annual General Assembly resolution on the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, was adopted by consensus by the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on 17 November 2016. This year’s consultations on the resolution took place in Geneva and were facilitated by the Permanent Mission of Norway.

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New Action Plan on Women’s Rights

A new Action Plan aims to strengthen the Norwegian Government’s efforts to ensure women’s rights and gender equality.

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Acclaimed torture-prevention instrument – 10 years

17 November 2016 - This week the 10th anniversary of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) was marked in Geneva.

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Global Health Issues - Norway’s Role

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, State Secretary, Laila Bokhari, visited Geneva on 10 and 11 November 2016. The main purpose of the visit was to meet with international actors working on global health issues.

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Global Health: A Gender Reality Check

14 Oct 2016 - Women’s leadership in global health is first and foremost an issue of women’s general leadership opportunities in the labour market. What can be done to encourage and facilitate women leadership, including in health? asked Norway’s Permanent Representative, Ambassador Hans Brattskar at the public event “A gender reality check in global health”, organized by the Global Health Centr...

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