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In the build up to the third UN Forum on Business and Human Rights being held 1-3 December, International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) publishes a series of articles by key human rights defenders and experts in the field. In his article, Ambassador Kongstad addressed the perceived and real issues relating to business and human rights.

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Ambassador Steffen Kongstad (middle) with (from the left) UNHCR’s Director for External Relations Daniel Endres, Astri Endresen from the Norwegian delegation, Sergio Arena and Harry Leefe from UNHCR. 
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On the 18th-19th of September, the Permanent Mission of Norway in Geneva, together with NOREPS (Norwegian Emergency Response System) and Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) organized a fair to promote new Norwegian innovations for humanitarian aid workers in the field.

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From left: Mr Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Iceland; Mr Johann N. Schneider-Ammann (Chair), Federal Councillor, Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, Switzerland; Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Liechtenstein; Ms Monica Mæland, Minister of Trade and Industry, Norway; and Mr Kristinn F. Árnason, Secretary-General, EFTA. 
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EFTA held its Ministerial Meeting on 17 November in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, Federal Councillor, Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research of Switzerland. The Norwegian delegation was headed by Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Monica Mæland.

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The Norwegian delegation at the Preparatory Committee. 
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Climate change leads to rougher weather and more disasters. How should the world prepare for facing disasters? The “Hyogo Framework for Action” 2 that is currently being negotiated is about saving lives, preparedness and making risk conscious investments.

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The Permanent Mission of Denmark in Geneva organized a panel discussion on “Speaking Up on Silent Crimes – How to address Sexual Violence against Women and Girls in Conflict Situation” on November 6, 2014. The meeting aimed at highlighting the needs of women and girls in conflict situations and raise awareness of sexual violence as an important thematic issue that cuts across country-specific...

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Are we doing enough to ensure that climate services get to those who need them the most? That was one of the things that is currently being discussed at the second Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services «ICBS2».

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Students from the UN Academy, a folk high school located in Ringsaker, Norway, was given an introduction to how the Norwegian Mission work towards the UN in Geneva, as they visited the Mission on 4 November 2014.

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In the context of the 20th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) arranged a side event launching the report “Lessons from the First Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review: From commitment to action on sexual and reproductive health and rights” on 3 November 2014.

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