Foreign minister Børge Brende meets Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. 
Photo: Utenriksdepartementet.Foreign minister Børge Brende meets Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. Photo: Utenriksdepartementet

“Turkey is an important friend and ally for Norway. The visit was a good opportunity to meet Mr. Davutoğlu, Mr. Çavuşoğlu and Mr. Bozkir again, and to discuss Norway and Turkey’s future relations”, said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Børge Brende.

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Minister of EEA and EU Affairs, Vidar Helgesen. 
Photo: NTNU.

On 16 December, the Council of the European Union agreed to establish an internal dialogue to follow up EU member states’ compliance with their commitments to the rule of law under EU treaties. The dialogue will be held on a yearly basis.

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Maslakh Camp for Displaced, Afghanistan.

‘Seldom has the world witnessed so many major humanitarian crises as it did in 2014, and the UN estimates that the need for humanitarian relief will continue to increase next year,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende. Norway will increase its support to humanitarian crises through the UN Central Emergency Response Fund.

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Girls running towards the playground after a class in Pakistan – this is how it should be. No child should be a victim of war. 
Photo: Vicki Francis/Department for International Development.

‘I condemn today’s terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar in the strongest possible terms. Targeting children and teachers in this manner is despicable,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Freedom of Assembly? One of the big questions of the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul in 2013. 
Photo: Gregg Carlstrom.

‘The fight for strengthening human rights is the common thread in everything Norway commits to internationally,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Human rights are under pressure internationally. Norway will therefore step up its efforts to promote and protect human rights.

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Malala together with the Norwegian Prime Minister Mrs. Erna Solberg. 
Photo: Statsministerens kontor.

Today is a big day for the issue of fundamental human rights. This year’s Nobel Peace Prize winners are in Oslo to receive their awards, while at the same time we are celebrating the 66th anniversary of the Universal Human Rights Declaration.

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Photo: JOSEPH EID/AFP/GettyImages.

The UN World Food Programme has suspended food aid to 1.7 million refugees in Syria’s neighbouring countries, due to lack of funding. ‘There is an urgent need for food assistance. Support from the World Food Programme is the only source of food for many families. The Government intends to increase Norway’s contribution to WFP by USD 10 million,’ said Ministry of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Photo: NASA Goddard Photo and Video.

"The Green Climate Fund has great potential and can play a key role in reaching a global climate agreement in Paris in 2015," said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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