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We, a group of developed and developing Members strongly supportive of the WTO, are dismayed that today’s General Council meeting did not bring Members any closer to adopting the Protocol relating to the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) by the agreed deadline.

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Photo: Gita Simonsen/UD.

The resolution on «Human Rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises» led by Norway, with Argentina, Ghana and Russia in the core group, was adopted by consensus on 27 June during the 26th Human Rights Council.

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State Secretary Hans Brattskar attends the Third Review Conference for the Mine Ban Convention in Maputo, Mozambique. 
Photo: ICBL.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the entry into force of the Mine Ban Convention, and this was celebrated from 23-27 June, when States, international organisations and civil society gathered for the Third Review Conference for the Mine Ban Convention in Maputo, Mozambique.

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The Human Rights Council held a panel discussion on technical cooperation and capacity building in advancing the rights of the persons with disabilities through legal and institutional frameworks, including public-private partnerships on 25 June in Geneva.

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A high-level panel debate was held by the UN Human Rights Council on the identification of preventing and elimination child, early and forced marriage.

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Photo: EFTA.

EFTA held its Ministerial meeting in the Westman Islands, Iceland on 23 June. The meeting was chaired by Mr Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Iceland. The Norwegian delegation was headed by Ms Monica Mæland, Minister of Trade and Industry.

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Norwegian Ambassador Mr. Steffen Kongstad with Director General Franci Gurry . 
Photo: Gita Simonsen/UD .

Geneva, Switzerland - On 20 June 2014 Norway signed the treaty to facilitate access to published works for visually impaired persons

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Photo: UNFPA/ Abraham Gelaw.

16 june a High Level Panel followed by an interactive dialogue with UN Member States was held in the Human Rights Council.

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