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On International Mother Earth Day 2016, a USD 200 M agreement to protect Congo Basin forest was signed in Geneva. Central Africa is home to the second largest tropical rainforest in the world.

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Photo: CC/BY/Andrew Heavens .

The drought in Ethiopia is having enormous consequences. More than 15 million people are now dependent on food aid. Norway is allocating NOK 30 M.

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Photo: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development/Flickr/CC BY .

27 April 2016 - The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has signed a three-year agreement with Save the Children on education in situations of crisis and conflict.

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Photo: CC/BY/Charly W. Karl.

The Instrument of Ratification was submitted to the United Nations Secretary General in New York on 19 April 2016, making Palau the 100th State Party to the Convention on Cluster Munition (CCM).

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Photo: Carlos Reusser Monsalvez i 2011.

This week the World Health Organization (WHO) highlights the immunization gap that still exists in vaccine coverage.

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From left: Mr. Martin Eyjólfsson, Ambassador, Iceland; Ms. Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Liechtenstein; Mr. Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, President of Switzerland and Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research of Switzerland; Mr. Adrian S. Cristobal Jr., Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry of the Philippines; and Ms. Dilek Ayhan, State Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Norway . 
Photo: EFTA.

The member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and the Philippines signed a new Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on the 28th of April 2016. The new FTA will give Norwegian companies access to one of the fastest growing and most resilient economies in Asia with over 100 million consumers.

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Photo: UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré.

The 25th session of the UPR will take place in the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva from 2 – 13 May 2016.

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Support to UNHCR in Syria and neighbouring countries

Last updated: 20.04.2016

Close to 12 million people have fled their homes because of the war in Syria, and the UN and its partners urgently need funding for their efforts in the coming years. Norway provides NOK 500 mio.

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June 2016: 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty to be held in Oslo

Last updated: 15.04.2016

From 21-23 June 2016, the 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty, organized by Ensemble Contre la Peine de Mort (Together Against the Death Penalty), will take place in Oslo, Norway.

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Norway Discusses Ways to Prevent Violent Extremism

Last updated: 06.04.2016

On 7-8 April 2016, Government Ministers, heads of UN agencies, international and regional organisations and senior experts met to discuss the way forward for prevention of violent extremism.

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Norwegian-led Resolution Adopted by UN Human Rights Council

Last updated: 22.03.2016

The Importance of Recognizing and Protecting Human Rights Defenders

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