The UN member states today agreed on a new, universal set of sustainable development goals for the next 15 years. The Sustainable Development Goals will replace the UN Millennium Development Goals at the beginning of next year, and they will combine the fight against poverty with a renewed effort to protect the environment. ‘The agreement reached in New York marks the start of an unparalleled...

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Oppdatering fra ambassaden i Ankara og Utenriksdepartementet

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The preliminary results of a Norwegian-led study in Guinea indicate that the first effective Ebola vaccine may have been successfully developed. ‘An effective vaccine would be a significant breakthrough in the fight against Ebola, and would be invaluable for the affected countries and the international community as a whole,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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‘I condemn today’s terrorist attack in the Turkish town of Suruc in the strongest possible terms. My thoughts and sympathies are with those who have lost their loved ones, and with the people of Turkey,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Pianist Tord Gustavsen at the Nordic Music Festival in Ankara, 2013.  Gustavsen will perform at Istanbul Jazz Festival on 9 July. 
Photo: Cihat Ertem / Flickr.

27 June marks the opening of Istanbul Jazz Festival, which will run until 15 July. The Nordic additions to this years’ festival can be experienced during the “European Jazz Club”, “Encounters with Masters” and “Northern Lights” events, with performances by Norwegian Jazz musicians Tord Gustavsen, Nils Petter Molvær, Eivind Aarset and Harald Lassen.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende has announced that Norway will allocate NOK 200 million annually to the fight against terrorism, organised crime, piracy and cyber threats.

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Forhåndsstem i utlandet fra 1. juli 2015

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‘Norway joins in the unanimous international criticism of yesterday’s decision by the Israeli Government authorising the construction of up to 800 new housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. This is incompatible with the support Israel has declared for a two-state solution, and casts doubt once again on the Netanyahu Government’s commitment to the peace process,’ said Minister of...

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‘I welcome today’s agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme. This historic agreement will benefit the international community, the Middle East and Iran. It will also pave the way for closer political and economic contact with Iran,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Leaders from all over the world will meet in Oslo on 6–7 July to garner support for a joint effort to promote education in countries affected by conflict, crisis and poverty. Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende will open the Oslo Summit on Education for Development, together with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafza...

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MILF handed over 75 high-power firearms to the Independent Decomissioning Body 16 June. 
Photo: Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.

16 June marked an important step forward in the peace process between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Government. MILF turned over 75 arms to the Independent Decommissioning Body (IDB). Both Turkey and Norway plays important roles in the facilitative and monitoring work of IDB.

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