Promoting human rights and principles of democracy lies in the heart of the Norwegian foreign policy. The implementation of this policy is carried out on a multilateral level, through the UN and the European Council, and at a national level.
The Human Rights Council in Geneva is an important venue for the international human rights work. Although Norway's membership in the Human Rights Council ended in 2012, the Council will continue to be one of the most important forums for the promotion of Norwegian human rights politics. As an observer state, Norway will continue to play an active role as promoter, initiator, critic and liaison... Read more
Two thousand registered participants from over 100 countries gathers this week in Geneva for the Second United Nations Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights, making it the largest global discussion on business and human rights to date. Read more
During the last year there has been an increase of information tools within the Human rights field. In this section we have listed some of the central tools which make the work with human rights mo...
During the 24th session of the Human Rights Council, the Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN in Geneva co-hosted Friday the 13th of September a side event on the continuing violence towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Intersexual (LGBTI) persons and how this can be combatted by local and international societies. Read more
September the 20th, during the 24th session of the Human Rights Council, the Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN at Geneva hosted the side event on the essentiality of the Human Rights Council to take action towards attacks on health systems. Read more
During the 24th session of the Human Rights Council, the Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN at Geneva hosted Friday, September 20th a side event on how the right to privacy can and should be safeguarded in the digital age. Read more
On 10-12 June, 300 representatives of Indigenous Peoples from the world over participated at the Global Indigenous Preparatory Conference in Alta, Norway. The Conference resulted in an outcome document containing indigenous peoples’ recommendations on the way forward towards the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in 2014. Read more
On 3 June, Norway and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) organized a side event on the freedom of artistic expression and creation. The event took place during the 23rd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Read more
The Human Rights Council has unanimously adopted the resolution Protecting Human Rights Defenders, tabled by Norway. “The adoption of this resolution sends an important signal of support to all the courageous people who are fighting against human rights violations all over the world,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide. Read more
Norway is mobilising against hate speech in Europe. Through the EEA and Norway Grants we have entered into a strategic partnership with the Council of Europe’s youth project on combating hate speech online launched this week. Read more