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Leaders from all over the world will meet in Oslo on 6–7 July to garner support for a joint effort to promote education in countries affected by conflict, crisis and poverty. Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende will open the Oslo Summit on Education for Development, together with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafza...

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Kristian Bye from Bright Products demonstrates solar powered lamp to State Secretary Bård Glad Pedersen and Ambassador Steffen Kongstad. 
Photo: UD.

In conjunction with the Humanitarian Affairs Segment of the 2015 ECOSOC in Geneva, the private sector was invited to the ECOSOC Trade Fair to present goods and services for use in humanitarian response. Under the banner “Technology in action”, the Permanent Mission of Norway used the occasion to demonstrate the Norwegian Emergency Preparedness System – NOREPS.

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Mr Harald Neple, Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Norway, Geneva, Ms Dilek Ayhan, State Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Norway, and Mr Jan Farberg, Director General, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Norway. 
Photo: EFTA.

On 22 June 2015, EFTA held its summer Ministerial meeting in Schaan, Liechtenstein. The meeting was chaired by Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein. The Norwegian delegation was headed by State Secretary Dilek Ayhan, in the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

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Photo: International Labour Organizaton.

This year’s International Labour Conference (ILC) was successfully completed on 13 June 2015 as the first two-week conference, shortened from the previous three weeks. Norway has a seat in the ILO Governing Body for the years 2014-2017, and consequently attaches particular importance to work of the ILO, during this period. Highlights discussed at the ILC include country cases on violation of IL...

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Norwegian delegates in the Assembly Hall as the resolution on air pollution is fully adopted by the WHA. 
Photo: UD.

It is increasingly acknowledged that in improving population health, mitigating risk factors are just as important as treating diseases. One such major risk factor is air pollution. In fact, more than 7 million deaths annually are attributable to indoor and outdoor air pollution, thereby making it the world’s largest environmental risk. During the recently concluded 2015 World Health Assembly,...

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Norway circulated on 29 June, a notification regarding preferential treatment to services and services suppliers of LDCs to the Council for Trade in Services in the WTO.

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The earthquakes in Nepal destroyed half a million homes. There will be a huge need for support for reconstruction for a long time to come. We are now increasing Norway’s support to Nepal to a total of NOK 230 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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To celebrate the WTO’s 20th anniversary and to thank the citizens of Geneva, Norway showcased and served cod and salmon from Norway at the WTO’s Open Day.

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