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Once a year, the extraordinary service to the forcibly displaced is recognised through the Nansen Refugee Award. The search for the next unsung hero has now begun and nominations for next year’s Refugee Award are open until 6 February 2017.

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Photo: Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA).

The Slovak Republic has recently transmitted to Oslo its letter of endorsement of the Safe Schools Declaration, signed 29.12.2016. With this latest endorsement, the Safe Schools Declaration is signed by 57 states, now including the majority of EU Member States.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, and Secretary General, Wegger Chr. Strømmen, in a meeting with among others the Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi. 
Photo: Frode Overland Andersen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

'I am pleased that we can announce the full normalisation of our political and diplomatic relations with China here in Beijing today. This joint statement opens up many opportunities for cooperation. We have already agreed to immediately resume negotiations on a free trade agreement,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Photo: Hanna Olsen Bodsberg

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Børge Brende attended a ministerial meeting in Geneva on the 3 rd and 4 th of December on the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA). Norway participates in these negotiations together with 17 other WTO members, representing 46 members in total. Participants have since January 2014 been engaged in negotiations to eliminate duties on products used in a variety of...

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Photo: MFA.

In the United Nations Office at Geneva Library – the largest of the UN libraries – hangs the painting «The Dream of Peace» by the Norwegian painter Henrik Sørensen. It was given by the Norwegian government to the UN in 1939, at the outbreak of the Second World War. Today, «The Dream of Peace» still remains highly relevant, reminding us of the determination in the UN Charter «to save succeeding...

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UNHCR / Benjamin Loyseau

The ninth annual High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges takes place in Geneva on 8–9 December 2016. This year's theme, Children on the Move, recognizes the growing plight of young people who are fleeing violence and war, and struggling to reach safety.

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The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room, Palais des Nations. 
Photo: UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré.

The year 2016 is coming to an end, and so is the tenth cycle of the UN Human Rights Council. A new Norwegian supported report sums up the main trends for the Council in 2016 and highlights some of the challenges ahead of 2017.

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EIF's top donor Norway contributes NOK23 million for trade-related projects in world’s poorest countries

The Government of Norway has contributed NOK23 million (USD2.7 million) of its NOK150 million (UD$17.8 million) pledge for the second phase of the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF): Trade for LDC Development programme. The EIF supports Least-developed Countries (LDCs) to create a trade-conducive environment and work towards a wider goal of promoting economic growth and sustainable development...

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OHCHR Campaign: Stand up for someone’s rights today

Human rights are coming under increasing pressure worldwide. Action is needed – from all of us. Are you ready to take the pledge and stand up for human rights?

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Workshop on clearance of cluster munition remnants held in Lebanon

Norway and the Netherlands, in their capacity as co-coordinators on Clearance for the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), invited Lebanese Mine Action Authorities, donors and operators to a workshop in Beirut on 17 November 2016.

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Refugee Advocate back in Geneva

Ms. Efi Latsoudi, one of the two 2016 Nansen Award winners, promises not to rest on her laurels. In a meeting with Ambassador Hans Brattskar, Permanent Representative of Norway, she spoke about her future plans for the PIKPA village.

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