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Camp Moyamba, Sierra Leone. 
Photo: DSB.Camp Moyamba, Sierra Leone. Photo: DSB

Last week the WHO hosted a three-day conference on FMTs, with special attention to their role in the ongoing Ebola-crisis. Both past and current challenges were discussed in an effort to better handle the current crisis, and be better prepared for future ones.

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To highlight challenges of responding adequately to mental health needs in conflicts and emergencies, Norway hosted a discussion with Dr. Nora Sveaass. Participants included ICRC, MSF, UNICEF, UNFPA and WHO, in addition to states, and Dr Sveaass presented the training manual “Mental health and gender-based violence: Helping survivors of sexual violence in conflict”.

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At the Environmental Goods Agreement’s (EGA) Outreach Session on Thursday the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU) presented their paper on goods that are both environmentally friendly and serve basic human needs in developing countries.

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We must all do our part, locally and internationally, to engage more people, countries and health workers to accelerate the inevitable end of Female Genitale Mutilation (FGM), said ambassador Kongstad at the international day of Zero Tolerance to FGM.

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'The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine has reported findings that indicate that cluster munitions were used in an attack on the city of Luhansk on 27 January. ‘It is completely unacceptable that cluster munitions have been used in the conflict in Ukraine. Norway condemns all use of cluster munitions,’ said State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bård Glad Pedersen.

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The Humanitarian Liaison Working Group (HLWG), a multi-stakeholder forum for discussion on operational issues and coordination in humanitarian settings, is currently under Norwegian leadership.

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The 136th session of the World Health Organization’s Executive Board took place in Geneva in the end of January. Despite not being a member of the board this year, Norway participated actively throughout the meeting.

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Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende and Chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. 
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Chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende today signed a strategic partnership agreement. ‘This is a historic step for Norway’s engagement in Africa,’ said Mr Brende.

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