Press Releases

Published 20.01.2016 // 

Tuesday 19th January marked the successful inauguration of the Nordic Embassies. The far-reaching integration of the new Nordic embassies will further strengthen the ties between Bangladesh and our countries. The festive atmosphere was also graced by Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Danish Minister for Employment Jørn Neergaard Larsen, Norwegian State Minister for Trade, Industry and Fisheries Dilek Ayhan and Ambassador at Swedish Ministry of Justice Ms Eva Åkerman-Börje, and a host of guests and embassy staff. Below are some of the media links to the event: http://www.thedailystar.net/city...

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Published 17.01.2016 // 

Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja mark the 25th anniversary of their ascension to the Norwegian throne.

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Published 12.10.2015 // 

Press release | Published: 2015-10-09 | | No: 143/2015 ‘I congratulate the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet on winning the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. The hope that was kindled in the Arab Spring is still alive in Tunisia,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 is to be awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet. In its announcement, the committee referred to the quartet’s decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Arab Spring. ‘The situation in the Middle East...

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Published 11.10.2015 // 

Today, 82 % of the world’s states have introduced a moratorium on the death penalty or have abolished it. ‘I’m pleased to see that the international trend is moving away from the use of the death penalty. However, there are some countries where this is not the case. It is crucial that we continue to work for the abolition of this inhumane practice, which undermines human dignity,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

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Published 08.10.2015 // 

Press release | Published: 2015-10-07 | The Government proposes an increase in funding for global health efforts of NOK 150 million in next year's budget. This would provide a total of more than NOK 3 billion for measures to improve maternal and child health, and to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, among other things. 'Health, like education, is a crucial factor for economic growth. Despite significant progress, the Millennium Development Goals on health will not be met, and it is important to support efforts in this field beyond 2015,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende....

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Published 08.10.2015 // 

Press release | Published: 2015-10-07 | The Government is earmarking NOK 100 million for two new aid programmes targeting global security threats. ‘The global security landscape is changing. Norway is currently facing a growing number of threats that by their very nature transcend national boundaries. Terrorist groups such as ISIL, Boko Haram and al-Shabaab threaten security not only in Syria, Nigeria and Somalia, but also in their neighbouring countries and the rest of the world,’ Foreign Minister Børge Brende said. The NOK 100 million will be split between one programme to prevent and...

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Published 06.07.2015 // 

Norway is hosting a global summit on education for development on 6–7 July. The aim of the summit is to boost global efforts in the field of education, with a view to reaching the UN’s new set of development goals. Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende will open the Oslo Summit on Education for Development, together with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai. Crown Prince Haakon will attend the opening of the Summit. Among those invited are heads of government and ministers from 40 countries, heads of internationa...

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Published 28.05.2015 // 

Press release | Published: 2015-05-20 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is hosting an international conference in Oslo from 28 to 29 May entitled ‘Protecting Education from Attack’. Foreign Minister Børge Brende will open the conference, and states represented at the conference will be encouraged to endorse a Safe Schools Declaration. ‘In countries affected by war and crisis, going to school can be one of the most dangerous things a child or young person can do. There are 28 million children in conflict areas today who are not able to go to school. We urge states to commit themselves to...

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Published 15.01.2015 // 

I regret the violence and disruption that is ongoing in the country. I am shocked and saddened by the loss of lives, and injuries suffered. This includes the attack against former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mr. Reaz Rahman on 13 January. I wish him and all the injured a speedy recovery. My thoughts are with them and with the families of the deceased. All must refrain from acts of violence, exercise restraint, and respect the rule of law. I am concerned about the shrinking democratic space, and encourage dialogue between the stakeholders to end violence, while safeguard

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Published 17.12.2014 // 

‘The fight for strengthening human rights is the common thread in everything Norway commits to internationally,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Human rights are under pressure internationally. Norway will therefore step up its efforts to promote and protect human rights

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