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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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Strong ties between Norway and Canada
[Norwaynews] [13.05.2016, 07:15pm, Fri. GMT]
'Transatlantic ties are more important than ever as we navigate today's security policy landscape. Few countries have more in common than Norway and Canada – geographically, in terms of resources, and in what we believe to be important.

Our countries have shared values and experience that can be valuable in resolving the major global challenges of our time,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Mr Brende made an official visit to Ottawa today, and met Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion, Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau and Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Bob Nault. He also attended a working meeting with leading foreign policy think tanks.

One of the key topics discussed during the talks was security in the north.

'Ensuring that the Arctic remains a peaceful region requires greater situational awareness and a stronger presence. At the same time, it is in our interest to maintain good relations with Russia in the north and continue our practical cooperation in areas such as nuclear safety, search and rescue and fisheries. I therefore welcome Canada's signals of willingness to resume the dialogue with Russia on Arctic issues,' said Mr Brende.
Maine company to oversee completion of US embassy in Norway
[Norwaynews] [06.05.2016, 06:37am, Fri. GMT]
A Maine company has been hired to oversee the final stages of construction for a U.S. embassy near Oslo, Norway.

Tilson CEO Joshua Broder tells The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/24zqRDf ) that the Portland company started working on the $228 million project in January.

The company specializes in technologically complex projects. It was chosen by the embassy’s lead contractor and is Tilson’s first embassy project. Broder says it will involve 12 American workers.

The five-building embassy campus will incorporate elements of traditional Norwegian building design. Broder says the building will also be energy-efficient.
Norway to support development of climate-resilient crop seeds and crops
[Norwaynews] [15.04.2016, 05:47pm, Fri. GMT]
'The Crop Wild Relatives project is playing an important part in implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change and promoting achievement of the new sustainable development goals, particularly Goal 2 on food security and nutrition,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, when he signed an agreement on 14 April pledging Norwegian support to the last phase of the 10-year project.
UN associations for Nordic countries call for extension of MINURSO mandate to human rights
[Norwaynews] [10.04.2016, 06:15pm, Sun. GMT]
The United Nations’ associations for Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) urged the Security Council to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) to monitor human rights in this territory occupied by Morocco.
Norway and the US sign MoU on non-proliferation assistance
[Norwaynews] [02.04.2016, 09:44am, Sat. GMT]
Norway and the US have signed a memorandum on nuclear non-proliferation cooperation and nuclear security. Prime minister Erna Solberg says Norway and the US have a long history of cooperating on nuclear non-proliferation. "The memorandum of understanding we have now signed in the margins of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC will in practice strengthen ongoing Norwegian efforts to assist Ukraine in securing its radioactive material and preventing it from falling into the wrong hands,’  says Prime Minister Solberg.
Minnesota native (finally) confirmed as Norway ambassador
[Norwaynews] [02.03.2016, 08:29pm, Wed. GMT]
After major efforts from U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, Sam Heins, a Minnesotan native, has been sworn in as the new U.S. Ambassador to Norway. Klobuchar and Franken supported Heins’ nomination to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Norway, taking to the Senate floor many times to call for his confirmation.
Zarif’s deputy to visit Norway for expanding trade ties
[Norwaynews] [16.02.2016, 08:49am, Tue. GMT]
Iran’s deputy FM Takht-Ravanchi heading an economic-trade delegation will depart for Norway Mon. night to identify areas for trade and economic cooperation between the two countries. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-Ravanchi heading an economic-trade delegation will depart for Oslo tonight under the framework of the sixth round of Iran-Norway political negotiations and with an aim to hold talks with Norwegian political and economic officials on bilateral, regional and international issues.
Norway Has No US Ambassador
[Norwaynews] [25.01.2016, 07:44am, Mon. GMT]
Norway has never gone this long without an American ambassador. The country may now face the scary scenario of Donald Trump assigning an ambassador, writes Agenda Magasin. Agenda Magasin features the ambassador crisis in the US Embassy to Norway. The online magazine reports that the USA has not sent a replacement for the latest American Ambassador to Norway, Barry White, who completed his posting  in 2013.
SA diplomat in Norway arrested for drunk driving
[Norwaynews] [05.01.2016, 09:13pm, Tue. GMT]
A South African diplomat in Oslo in Norway has been arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and causing a crash which has left one person injured. The International Relations Department has confirmed this and says the matter is being investigated by Norwegian authorities.
Memorial plaque to Estonia's government-in-exile unveiled in Oslo
[Norwaynews] [05.10.2015, 07:45pm, Mon. GMT]
On October 2, 2015, a plaque was unveiled on the wall of the hotel in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, where the Estonian government-in-exile started its work in 1953. "About 50 people were present, including Norway's European affairs minister Vidar Helgesen," Peep Pillak, the chairman of the Estonian Heritage Society, told BNS from Oslo.
Obama hosts summit of Nordic leaders at White House
[Norwaynews] [13.05.2016, 07:13pm, Fri. GMT]
His fellow Democrats may be arguing about whether to hold up places like Denmark and Norway as liberal utopias, but President Barack Obama isn't hesitating.

Apparently well past concerns about being branded a socialist, Obama on Friday celebrated five Nordic nations as models of reliability, equality, generosity, responsibility, even personal happiness.

As he welcomed a group of Nordic leaders to the White House, he owned up to thinking perhaps the small, havens of social liberalism should take the reins every now and then.

He joked: "Why don't we just put all these small countries in charge for a while."

The remarks opened a White House summit with the leaders of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Denmark. Obama and the leaders are due to discuss a slate of issues weighing heavily on the region — including concerns about Russian aggression, long-term plans for managing the flow of refugees in Europe and contributions to the campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
Norway increases support to Syria's neighbouring countries
[Norwaynews] [15.04.2016, 05:48pm, Fri. GMT]
'Syria's neighbouring countries are shouldering a heavy burden and are facing major challenges. Norway will therefore contribute USD 10 million to a new financing initiative for Lebanon and Jordan,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. The new financing initiative was recently launched by the World Bank, the UN and the Islamic Development Bank. For every dollar donor countries provide to this initiative, the World Bank will contribute three dollars. This is a smart and effective way to use aid.
Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit visits Tanzania to evaluate AIDS response
[Norwaynews] [13.04.2016, 10:21am, Wed. GMT]
Since 2003, Her Royal Highness, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway has been a strong advocate for empowering women and children in responding to the AIDS epidemic throughout the world. Earlier this week, she visited the United Republic of Tanzania to assess the response of youth to the AIDS response in the country and mother-to-child transmission of AIDS.
Norway: Joint Submarine Acquisition With Poland Not Imminent
[Norwaynews] [06.04.2016, 04:22pm, Wed. GMT]
Shortly after Brigade Gen. Adam Duda, the head of the Polish Defence Ministry’s Armament Inspectorate, was reported as saying that his ministry is in talks with its Norwegian counterpart on launching a joint submarine procurement, Norway’s Defense Ministry stated it has not decided yet on the final shape of its submarine program.
UAE Ambassador participates in Arab Ambassadors Group meeting with Norwegian President
[Norwaynews] [02.04.2016, 09:43am, Sat. GMT]
Mohammed Ibrahim Al Juwaied, UAE Ambassador to Norway, has participated in a working lunch hosted by Arab Ambassadors Group in Norway in the presence of President of the Norwegian Parliament, Olemic Thommessen. They discussed co-operation between the Arab countries and Norway. Thommessen confirmed the importance of developing and increasing co-operation between the Arab parliaments and the Norwegian Parliament.
Norway clears Iran debt purchases by massive govt fund
[Norwaynews] [18.02.2016, 05:12pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway said on Thursday it had authorised its pension fund, the world's largest sovereign wealth fund, to resume Iranian government bond purchases in the wake of a deal phasing out sanctions against Tehran. The fund, which is worth nearly 7 trillion kroner (€735 billion, $814 billion) and targets a 35-percent share of bonds in its portfolio, had been barred from buying into Iranian debt since January 2014 because of sanctions over Iran's nuclear programme. North Korea and Syria, also hit by sanctions, remain off limits to the fund.
Sweden, Norway ambassadors finally confirmed by U.S. Senate
[Norwaynews] [12.02.2016, 07:07pm, Fri. GMT]
The U.S. Senate confirmed ambassadors to Norway and Sweden early Friday -- bringing to close a drawn out political fight on the Senate floor between Sen. Amy Klobuchar and GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz. Minnesotan Sam Heins, a lawyer and human rights advocate, is now the ambassador of Norway. The country has gone 869 days without an ambassador. For the Sweden post, the Senate confirmed Azita Raji, an Iranian born Wall Street executive living in California.
Norwegian foreign minister meets Turkish officials to discuss relations
[Norwaynews] [13.01.2016, 11:27am, Wed. GMT]
Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende met with Turkish officials in Ankara on Tuesday to discuss bilateral relations and regional developments.Brende is attending Turkey's eighth annual ambassadors' conference, which is taking place between Jan. 10-16 in Ankara with the attendance of Turkish ambassadors and foreign diplomats.
Norwegian FM to visit Sri Lanka in January to explore trade, investment opportunities
[Norwaynews] [11.12.2015, 06:37pm, Fri. GMT]
Norway's Minister of Foreign Affairs BØrge Brende will visit Sri Lanka during the first week of January, 2016 to hold high level discussions to explore possible areas of cooperation between Norway and Sri Lanka, including trade and investment opportunities, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce said.
Former Norwegian prime minister stresses sustainable development during speech
[Norwaynews] [30.09.2015, 02:24pm, Wed. GMT]
Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, the former prime minister of Norway, visited Ohio State on Monday to deliver a speech about global sustainability to students and faculty at the Mershon Auditorium. The event was presented as part of the Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecture Series.
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