Photo: Ragna Fjeld, MFA, Oslo .Photo: Ragna Fjeld, MFA, Oslo

Representatives from some 60 countries are gathered in Oslo on May 29 to work for safer schools and universities in areas of armed conflict. ‘The Oslo Conference on Safe Schools marks the launch of a concerted global effort to ensure safe education for children and young people in countries affected by conflict. We are pleased that there is already broad support for this initiative, which Norwa...

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‘I condemn today’s terrorist attack on a mosque in Kuwait City. An attack on people gathered for prayer is a monstrous and ruthless act of violence. Our thoughts go to the families of the victims,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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‘Norway has a long history of engagement in the Antarctic. International interest in the region is growing, with more actors becoming involved and a wider range of activities being carried out. As a claimant state and one of the 12 original parties to the Antarctic Treaty, Norway has an important role to play in the Antarctic,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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The Norwegian Embassy in Abu Dhabi is happy to announce that we have entered into an agreement with VGS Global in Abu Dhabi and Dubai to outsource the reception of applications for Schengen Visas. The agreement will come into effect from 11 June 2015.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is hosting an international conference in Oslo from 28 to 29 May entitled ‘Protecting Education from Attack’.Foreign Minister Børge Brende will open the conference, and states represented at the conference will be encouraged to endorse a Safe Schools Declaration.

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Yassmine Houmane represented Norway in the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) first Model IRENA session on 25 April in Abu Dhabi.

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Ambassador Berge cut the ribbon and announced the official opening of the core analysis laboratory of Scal Arabia Abu Dhabi, now Petricore, on 6 May.

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World Press Freedom Day is celebrated on 3 May. ‘World Press Freedom Day is an opportunity to remind the world of the importance of defending freedom of expression and the right to have a free press. It is disturbing to see that the number of countries in the world in which there is full freedom of the press is falling. Safeguarding freedom of the press is an important part of the Government’s...

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