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Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende was taking part in the launch of the Nordic Microfinance Initiative (NMI) yesterday. This is a new Nordic cooperation venture involving private Norwegian investors and two state investment funds, the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (Norfund) and Denmark’s Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU). The first capital injection is...

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Det har regnet kraftig i deler av Sri Lanka den siste uken, noe som har medført flom flere steder. Det har også gått flere jordskred i fjellskråninger i høylandet sørvest for Kandy . Nordmenn som reiser i området, eller som planlegger å reise dit, oppfordres til å holde seg orienterte om situasjonen gjennom media, og å følge lokale myndigheters råd. Ambassaden kan alltid kontaktes ved behov.

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Photo: UN Photo Eskinder Debebe media freedom.

Today, World Press Freedom Day is being celebrated with more than 100 events all over the world. The overarching theme for this year’s international event is access to information and fundamental freedoms.

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The Galle Music Festival 2016 will take place on Saturday May 14, at the Galle Fort. The Norway- Sri Lanka Music Cooperation started in 2009 and since then the festival has been alternating annually between Galle and Jaffna. A series of activities have taken place under the Music Cooperation over the past years.

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Without a political process to resolve the conflict, strengthening Palestine’s economic sustainability is the most efficient way of defending the two-state solution,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. But this cannot substitute the efforts to resolve the conflict through a political process.

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Norway is earmarking NOK 40 million for efforts to help people with disabilities and to combat sexual violence in humanitarian crises. ‘Certain groups are more vulnerable than others in situations of war and conflict. Norway will intensify its efforts to prevent violence and injury, and to help those who are affected,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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(Press Release, Date: 4 March 2016) A total of 125 million people are in need of emergency assistance and protection, and the UN is calling for record levels of humanitarian aid. ‘As well as mobilising more assistance, we also need to strengthen the UN’s ability to coordinate this assistance. Norway is now providing NOK 70 million in core funding to support the UN’s coordination efforts. The ai...

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Norway has entered into a new partnership agreement with the World Food Programme (WFP) on core funding of NOK 237 million a year from 2016 to 2019. ‘Sufficient core funding is crucial if WFP is to be able to respond quickly to crises. This agreement ensures predictable and flexible funding that can also be used for forgotten crises and to help people in need of food in the most vulnerable...

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On January 7th Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende and his delegation visited Colombo. It was the first political visit from Norway in a decade. “This indicates a positive step forward in the relationship between Norway and Sri Lanka” Brende says.   The Foreign Minister and his delegation had a hectic but eventful schedule as they arrived in Colombo. The aim of the visit was to re-establ

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is launching a new strategy today 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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Ambassador Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther recently made his first visit to the northern districts of Sri Lanka. Norway has contributed more than US $ 60 million (Rs. 7500 million) since the end of the war in 2009 to rebuild the conflict affected Northern Districts. The aim of the visit was to meet different stakeholders, who play important roles in the rebuilding process of the north.

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