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Epidemics can ruin societies on a scale only matched by wars and natural disasters. They respect no borders and do not care if their subjects are rich or poor. A global effort is therefore needed to be better prepared. That is why a new international initiative; the Coalition for Epidemics Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) was launched on 18 January 2017 at the World Economic Forum in Davos,...

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On the 08 February 2017 the Norwegian Mission organized, in cooperation with the Norwegian Emergency Preparedness System (NOREPS), UNITAR’s Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), an interactive session on the use of drones in humanitarian action. The session was a part of the Humanitarian Networks...

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) conducted a field visit to Amman, Jordan between 24. and 26. January 2017. Participants were donors of core voluntary funding (RBSA) and donors for ILO development cooperation from the Multilateral Organization Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN). Norway, being one of the donors of RBSA funding, was represented by Charlotte Gede Vidnes from the...

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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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From 5 to 12 February 2017 several cultural and political events take place in Trondheim to celebrate the 100 years anniversary of the first congress of the Sami people. The celebratory gathering is called Tråante, which is the South Sami name for Trondheim.

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Every year on 6 February civil society, government, international organisations and other representatives gather to call for an end to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and observe the international day of zero tolerance. This year several organisations and Permanent Missions met in Geneva to discuss ways forward.

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Photo: UNHCR / M. Farman-Farmaian.

Norway, together with Nigeria and Germany, will host an international donor conference in response to the current humanitarian crisis in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region.

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Safe Schools in Buenos Aires 28 – 29 March 2017

Preparations are underway for the Second International Conference on Safe Schools, hosted by Argentina in Buenos Aires on 28 and 29 March this year. The conference aims at building on the Safe School Declaration's increasing momentum.

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The Slovak Republic endorses the Safe Schools Declaration

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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The Dream of Peace

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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Full normalisation of relations with China

'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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