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6 February 2016 marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Norway continues to stand up against this harmful practice.

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On Friday 29 January 2016, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende met with the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, in Geneva.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is launching a new strategy for efforts to promote freedom of expression. ‘Freedom of expression and independent media are under growing pressure. Norway is therefore strengthening its international work in this field,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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From the left, Secretary General of the Community of Democracies, Maria Leissner and Head of Geneva Office, Ylva Bie. . 
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The Permanent Secretariat of the Community of Democracies (CoD) will expand the activities by establishing a sub-office in Geneva. CoD is an intergovernmental organization, founded in 2000 in Warsaw.

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On Tuesday 15 December 2015, at 12:30, Norway, in cooperation with the Universal Rights Group, will launch the YourHRC.org 2015 Report.

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The 24th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) took place in the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva from 18 – 29 January 2016.

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The end-of-year report of the yourHRC.org was launched in Geneva on 15 December 2015 with the participation of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, and the President of the Human Rights Council (HRC), Ambassador Joachim Rücker.

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10 December 2015 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded the National Dialogue Quartet "for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011". The prize represents a victory for dialogue and compromise, and is a reminder of the value of a free and active organizational life. It is an illustration of the value social partners...

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Climate change and jobs – challenges and opportunities: Climate change will no doubt affect the world’s labour markets. While a number of jobs will be eliminated and substituted, climate action is, however, also an opportunity for large-scale job creation.

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