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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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At the end of its 29th session, the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on the human rights situation in South Sudan. Crucially, the resolution requests the establishment of a fact-finding mission from the OHCHR with the view to improve the human rights situation the country. This is the very first Human Rights Council mechanism that focuses specifically on the situation in South Sudan....

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Leaders from all over the world will meet in Oslo on 6–7 July to garner support for a joint effort to promote education in countries affected by conflict, crisis and poverty. Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende will open the Oslo Summit on Education for Development, together with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafza...

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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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During the 3rd Financing for Development Conference which will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia between July 13 -15 , the UN Secretary-General will host an event to formally launch the Global Financing Facility in support of Every Woman Every Child – a partnerships-based financing mechanism and potential pathfinder for post-2015 financing. Norway is one of the organisers of the event.

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Kristian Bye from Bright Products demonstrates solar powered lamp to State Secretary Bård Glad Pedersen and Ambassador Steffen Kongstad. 
Photo: UD.

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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Mr Harald Neple, Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Norway, Geneva, Ms Dilek Ayhan, State Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Norway, and Mr Jan Farberg, Director General, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Norway. 
Photo: EFTA.

On 22 June 2015, EFTA held its summer Ministerial meeting in Schaan, Liechtenstein. The meeting was chaired by Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein. The Norwegian delegation was headed by State Secretary Dilek Ayhan, in the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

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‘Norway will provide NOK 1.16 billion for UNICEF’s education efforts over a two-year period. UNICEF delivers good results in the field, and is an important partner for Norway in our global education initiative,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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