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Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende and Chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. 
Photo: Endre Stiansen/Norwegian Embassy in Ethiopia.Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende and Chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Photo: Endre Stiansen/Norwegian Embassy in Ethiopia

Chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende today signed a strategic partnership agreement. ‘This is a historic step for Norway’s engagement in Africa,’ said Mr Brende.

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From 21 – 23 January 2015, the Norwegian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence visited Geneva. They met with a broad variety of organizations seated in Geneva and the program covered issues related to human rights, humanitarian crises, international trade issues in the WTO and EFTA, global health, disarmament, and protection of education and health personnel in armed...

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On Monday 19 January 2015 the Second Global Status Report on NCDs was launched. The report shows that the majority of premature deaths from NCDs occur in low and middle income countries. This underlines NCDs as a major developing issue.

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“Gaining Momentum” is a new ILO-report that was launched last week. The report brings together all available data including ILO statistics to provide a global picture on women in the business world and in management

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‘I deplore the fact that the punishment of Saudi human rights defender Raif Badawi by public flogging has begun, and call for this to be halted and for Mr Badawi to be released,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Mr Brende raised the matter directly with HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud in London today.

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The group of seven’s yearly resolution on global health and foreign policy was adopted in the General Council on 12 December 2014, focusing on the safety of health workers in conflict.

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On 16 December 2014, in Geneva, the Permanent Missions of Norway, together with Argentina, invited to a meeting on Safe Schools and the Guidelines for protecting schools and universities from military use during armed conflict.

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In the context of the High Commissioner for Refugees’ Dialogue on Protection at Sea, regarding how the international community can protect refugees and others travelling irregularly by sea, Haakon Svane from the Norwegian Shipowners Association (NSA), and Syver Grepstad, cadet at the ship Bourbon Orca, recounted some of their experiences and reflections about challenges and possible solutions f...

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