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The Committee on Market Access (CMA) deals with one of the core functions of the WTO: Ensuring that obligations on market access for industrial goods are upheld. “I am honoured that WTO Members have entrusted me with this important task”, Ms Bodsberg says.

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On the fifth anniversary of the unanimous endorsement by the Human Rights Council of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Council sent a strong message to States and businesses on the need to improve accountability and access to remedy for victims of business related human rights abuses.

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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.

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

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The 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council, focusing on a broad range of issues, including women’s rights and non-discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, took place from 13 June to 1 July 2016.

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Melting iceberg near the Arctic Circle in Kulusuk, Greenland. 
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Norway is among the first States that formally join the international Paris Agreement on climate change.

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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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Parliamentary Conference on the World Trade Organization

Last updated: 22.06.2016

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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UN Library Talks on Fridtjof Nansen's legacy

Last updated: 14.06.2016

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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