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Help Remove Landmines From the Path of Peace in Colombia
[Norwaynews] [12.05.2016, 08:30pm, Thu. GMT]
Ferney Cifuentes, like so many Colombian children from his area, was helping his father herd cattle in Montecristo in January 2015 when a violent blast lifted the Earth and sent shrapnel flying.

The 14-year-old had stepped on a landmine. His death -- tragically -- was not unique. More than 11,000 Colombians have been wounded or killed by landmines and other unexploded ordnance in the past quarter century.

Landmines are singularly dangerous because they can lay dormant for years, only to kill and maim innocent people without warning. In Colombia last year, 285 people, including 40 children, were killed by landmines, a toll surpassed only by Afghanistan. At current mine clearance rates, decades will pass before the country is mine free.
 
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Tanzania: Norway Pledges Continued Support
[Norwaynews] [19.04.2016, 01:07pm, Tue. GMT]
The Government of Norwegian will continue to support local content development in the wake of huge natural gas discoveries in the country. Speaking at the weekend during an entrepreneurship award winners' event known as "Heroes of Tomorrow", the Norwegian Ambassador to Tanzania, Hanna-Marie Kaastad said the award programme, which has the support of her government, was intended to improve entrepreneurship among Tanzania's young entrepreneurs so they can participate in the projected related to natural gas undertakings.
 
Assessing positive impact of Norwegian technical support
[Norwaynews] [06.04.2016, 03:59pm, Wed. GMT]
However, the purpose of her visit was not only to discuss strategic matters, Ms Skogen was very interested in talking to people who are benefitting directly on the ground from Norwegian support. She therefore visited the Arusha Technical College to experience firsthand vocational and technical training making an impact on the lives of Tanzanians, a biogas project set to benefit local communities with big ambitions to commercialise biogas across Tanzania, and a successful avocado project exporting the high quality fruit to world class supermarkets in the West.
 
Nordic capabilities and African opportunities accelerate change
[Norwaynews] [29.10.2015, 04:15pm, Thu. GMT]
Around 400 African and Nordic leaders, including more than 20 ambassadors from Africa, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark discussed how Nordic capabilities can be linked with African opportunities at the Nordic-African Business Summit in Oslo. For the fifth consecutive year, The Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA) hosted the largest Nordic-African business summit.
 
Zambeef urges farmers to incorporate good agricultural practices
[Norwaynews] [24.09.2015, 09:10am, Thu. GMT]
Sustainable agricultural practices are a must if food security in Zambia and the region is to be maintained in light of the climatic changes, says the country’s largest agribusiness, Zambeef Products. The need for the agriculture sector to adapt to the changing environment was highlighted during a tour of the company’s Huntley Farm in Chisamba yesterday (September 23) as part of a seminar programme on Food Security in a Climate Perspective headed by the Norwegian Development Corporation.
 
Kenya seeks trade ties with Norway
[Norwaynews] [19.09.2015, 01:46pm, Sat. GMT]
A high-powered business delegation from Norway is in the country led by the nation’s Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Maeland to seek available business opportunities in Kenya. According to Kenya’s ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the volume of bilateral trade between the two countries increased steadily from $12 million (Sh 1.26 billion) in 2004 to $42 million (Sh 4.41 billion) in 2014. During this period, Kenya’s annual exports averaged $11.3 million (Sh1.186 billion) and imports were on average $19.5 million (2.047 billion).
 
Norwegian embassy opens visa application center
[Norwaynews] [02.06.2015, 12:41pm, Tue. GMT]
The Norwegian Embassy in Uganda has established a visa application center to improve the quality of services to Ugandan nationals and nationals of third countries with residence permits in Uganda. According to a statement from the Norwegian embassy in Kampala, the visa application services started yesterday Monday June 1.
 
Norway strongly condemns the mass murder of Ethiopian Christians in Libya
[Norway] [28.04.2015, 08:29pm, Tue. GMT]
‘Norway strongly condemns the mass murder of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya. The killings are claimed by groups affiliated with Isil. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to their families and to the people of Ethiopia’, Foreign Minister Børge Brende said.
 
Subsea Valley Conference opens with Norway’s Minister of Petroleum & Energy remarks
[Norwaynews] [16.04.2015, 02:55pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway’s Minister of Petroleum & Energy, Tord Lien, opened the Subsea Valley Conference, held in Oslo, Norway, with remarks on the state of the country’s reserves and current plans in the industry’s current down cycle. Earlier this month, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate celebrated its 50th anniversary of the country’s first licensing round with an objective to ensure thorough exploration and secure sound financial return for the country.
 
Norway increases support for education in Lebanon
[Norway] [16.04.2015, 02:48pm, Thu. GMT]
‘Most of the 665 000 children who have fled from Syria to Lebanon are still not going to school. Norway is therefore increasing its support for education in Lebanon, and will provide NOK 45 million for these efforts in 2015,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
 
Norway - Africa Energy Summit takes place in Oslo
[Norwaynews] [09.04.2015, 08:58pm, Thu. GMT]
African Ministers of Energy from Ghana and Zambia are amongst the attendees at the Norway - Africa Energy Summit organized by Norfund and the Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA). The African Ministers of Energy will, alongside energy companies, investors and researchers, highlight the current status on energy in Africa.
 
Norway shuts down embassy in Zambia
[Norwaynews] [15.04.2016, 05:50pm, Fri. GMT]
Norway has shut down its embassy in Zambia, saying it was pointless to keep funding a country which did not show commitment to improving its own management. According to The Post, Norwegian Ambassador Arve Ofstad cited corruption as one of the reasons why his country was moving out of the southern African country.
 
Norway Government Donates $7.7 Million To FAO In South Sudan
[Norwaynews] [14.11.2015, 12:08pm, Sat. GMT]
The Norwegian government and UN FAO during the signing ceremony readies contribution of $ 7.7 million to enhance food security in South Sudan. “Norway’s contribution has arrived at the right moment”, said Abdoul Karim Bah, Deputy FAO Representative in South Sudan.
 
Norwegian ship detained with UN cargo in Mombasa freed
[Norwaynews] [27.09.2015, 08:17am, Sun. GMT]
A Norwegian ship carrying UN cargo that was detained in Mombasa since last week on claims that it was transporting undeclared firearms has been released and allowed to sail. Police had said that the ship MV Hoegh Transporters was also carrying powder which they initially thought were drugs—but which tested negative.
 
Kenyan police recover arms from seized Norwegian ship
[Norwaynews] [22.09.2015, 05:56pm, Tue. GMT]
Kenya’s security agencies on Monday recovered firearms from a Norwegian ship that was seized last week for allegedly trafficking drugs and firearms. The multi-agency team inspecting the vehicle carrier, Hoegh Transporter, which came from Mumbai, India, stumbled upon the assorted weapons stashed in tyres of fighting wagons that were on a ship.
 
South Sudan’s expulsion of UN employee unacceptable
[Norway] [03.06.2015, 06:10pm, Wed. GMT]
The South Sudanese authorities have decided to expel the UN Humanitarian Coordinator and Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer. ‘The expulsion of Toby Lanzer is unacceptable, and we urge South Sudan to reverse the decision. Norway fully supports the UN in this matter,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
 
5 year jail term for raping Norwegian tourist in Cambodia
[Norwaynews] [27.05.2015, 06:26pm, Wed. GMT]
A Municipal court in Cambodia has sentenced a 26-year-old Nigerian man, Ekwegbalu Ugochukwu Udok, to 5 years imprisonment for beating and raping a Norwegian tourist, 27, Nodia Ebert, in December 2014. The presiding judge Im Vanak said, the day the incident happened, the young lady had just stepped out of a night club where she met Udok who offered her a ride while claiming to be a taxi driver.
 
Joint Statement on Elections in Sudan
[Norway] [28.04.2015, 08:26pm, Tue. GMT]
The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Norway.The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) regret the Government of Sudan’s failure to create a free, fair, and conducive elections environment.
 
New report documenting extensive human rights violations in Western Sahara
[Norwaynews] [16.04.2015, 02:50pm, Thu. GMT]
Torture, murder, arbitrary arrests, and violence. During the last year, 256 alleged human rights violations have been reported in the occupied territory of Western Sahara. A new report published by the Students' and Academics' International Assistance Fund (SAIH) gives evidence to this. 2015 marks the 40 th anniversary of the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara and is also the focus of SAIH's political campaign, launched 13th of April.
 
Norway and South Africa seeking to increase the number of women mediators
[Norway] [14.04.2015, 05:47pm, Tue. GMT]
Fifteen years after the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, there are still very few women around the negotiating tables in peace processes. ‘Norway and South Africa are now taking steps to increase the number of women mediators,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
 
Joint Statement on the National Dialogue and Election in Sudan
[Norway] [09.04.2015, 08:56pm, Thu. GMT]
The members of the Troika (the United States, the United Kingdom and Norway) have issued a joint statement where they express disappointment that a genuine National Dialogue in Sudan has not begun and concerns for the upcoming elections.
 
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