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Photo: NorwayUN/Flickr/CC BY.Photo: NorwayUN/Flickr/CC BY

On 19 - 21 April 2016 the UN General Assembly hosted its special session assembly focused on the world drug problem (UNGASS). Minister of Health and Care Services, Mr. Bent Høie, highlighted the importance of a health, human rights and harm reduction approach.

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Photo: Carlos Reusser Monsalvez i 2011.

25-30 April 2016 was World Immunization week and the World Health Organization (WHO) highlighted the immunization gap that still exists in vaccine coverage.

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Aedes mosquitos can spread the Zika virus. 
Photo: James L. Occi/AFPMB/Flickr/CC BY.

When Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende met with WHO Director-General Margaret Chan in Geneva 29 January 2016, he pledged a rapid contribution of 10 mio Norwegian kroner (approx. 1 mio USD) to help fight the virus.

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Photo: WHO/Christopher Black.

World Health Organization's (WHO) Financing Dialogue was held on 5 and 6 November at the Headquarters in Geneva. Significant cuts in development spending by Member States may also affect the financial situation of WHO.

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Norwegian delegates in the Assembly Hall as the resolution on air pollution is fully adopted by the WHA. 
Photo: UD.

It is increasingly acknowledged that in improving population health, mitigating risk factors are just as important as treating diseases. One such major risk factor is air pollution. In fact, more than 7 million deaths annually are attributable to indoor and outdoor air pollution, thereby making it the world’s largest environmental risk. During the recently concluded 2015 World Health Assembly,...

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Norwegian ministries are rolling out action plans to reduce the use of antibiotics while keeping the issue high on the international agenda.

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Photo: UNAIDS.

1st of December marked the World Aids Day. The day was created to bring awareness around HIV and AIDS, and this year was no exception.

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A high-level multi-stakeholder perspective on the Special session of the UN General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 2016) aiming to place people, public health and human rights at the center of the debate.

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Minister Høie speaking at the WHA. 
Photo: UD.

After nearly 10 days of fruitful discussions and demanding negotiations, the 68th World Health Assembly came to a close on 26 May 2015. Norway was actively engaged throughout the Assembly, including participation from the Minister of Health and Care Services, Mr Bent Høie.

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