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On 17 and 18 August 2015, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) considered Norway’s implementation of the related Convention. Solveig Horne, Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, led the Norwegian delegation.

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“An important reminder that we are living in dramatic times,” says Foreign Minister Børge Brende, as Norway announces additional funding for forgotten humanitarian crises.

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Photo: WTO/Studio Casagrande.

The new phase of the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), a programme to increase trade and sustainable development for the least-developed countries, was launched 1 July at the Fifth Global Review of Aid for Trade. Norway was the first member to pledge financial support to the second phase of EIF. The contribution of NOK 150 Million was announced together with an encouragement to other members...

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On 1 July, Norway took over as chair of the EFTA Council for the second half of 2015. The Norwegian priorities for the chairmanship were presented in the EFTA Council on 14 July.

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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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Norway increases humanitarian support to Nepal

Last updated: 25.06.2015

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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Innovative Norwegian Technology Showcased in Geneva

Last updated: 25.06.2015

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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