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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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Press release: ‘Human rights are under pressure internationally. Norway will therefore step up its efforts to promote and protect human rights,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. A white paper on human rights in Norway’s foreign and development policy, the first on the subject for 15 years, was presented today.

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The Nobel peace Prize for 2014 was awarded Malala Yousafzay and Kailashi Satyarthi for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education – and with a special focus on the right of girls to education. The award has drawn global attention to the need for all children to go to school and not be financially exploited.

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The Norwegian Ambassador to the WTO, Mr. Harald Neple, signed an agreement with the ITC, granting NOK 40 Million (app. USD 6 Million) to ITC’s work in 2014 and 2015.

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What can States, business, civil society and the UN do to support and protect human rights defenders who work on issues of corporate responsibility and accountability? These issues were addressed at a panel on business and human rights defenders on 3 December.

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Norway increases its contribution to the UN World Food Programme by USD 10 million, following an urgent need for food assistance in Syria and in the neighbouring countries.

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