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INVITATION: Launch of the second annual yourHRC.org report. Monday 26 September 2016 at 1pm. The launch will take place at “ Delegates Restaurant”, A-building (8th floor) in Palais des Nations. A light buffet lunch will be served. Introduction by Ambassador Hans Brattskar, Permanent Representative of Norway.

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Sámi president Aili Keskitalo. The picture is taken during the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in 2014. . 
Photo: UN Photo/Cia Pak.

Sámi president Keskitalo: Not acceptable that 50 % of Sámi women are exposed to violence.

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Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré.

On 13 September 2016, the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council started in Geneva. Important issues for Norway include freedom of speech, indigenous people’s rights, and women’s rights.

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The humanitarian community in Geneva gathers in an annual event to mark efforts by aid workers and highlight the many serious humanitarian crises around the world.

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Mr Konstantinos Mitragas, on behalf of the Hellenic Rescue Team (HRT), and Ms Efi Latsoudi, the human rights activist behind “PIKPA village” on the Greek island of Lesvos, are joint winners of the Nansen Refugee Award 2016. The award recognizes their voluntary effort to aid refugees arriving in Greece during 2015.

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Photo: Human Rights Watch.

As the work to protect education during armed conflict continues, The Democratic Republic of Congo has recently transmitted its letter of endorsement, and thus become the 55th state to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration.

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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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Norway leads on Council decision on accountability and remedy for victims of business-related abuses

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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SUM UP: The 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council

Last updated: 06.06.2016

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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EFTA Ministerial meeting

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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Norway has ratified the Paris Agreement

Norway is among the first States that formally join the international Paris Agreement on climate change.

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