On November 23rd H.E. Sheika Lubna Bint Khalid Bin Sultan Al Qasimi attended and participated in The Oslo Symposium on Advancing Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan.

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After his participation in the Innovation Forum with INSEAD in October, Mr. Per Koch was kind enough to sit down for an interview with the embassy. We met him at The Sheraton Hotel in Abu Dhabi to talk about innovation in Norway and United Arab Emirates.

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‘More than 700 million people in Africa lack electricity, and the continent is in urgent need of investment in renewable energy. Norway will therefore contribute NOK 300 million to Green Africa Power, which is intended to encourage commercial actors to invest in sub-Saharan Africa,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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The UAE’s strategic location can offer attractive possibilities for companies considering international expansion. Business can benefit from opportunities in the UAE market, but it can also be a gateway to the rest of the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

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Photo: Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

Companies have an impact on social development where they operate. They have a responsibility that extends beyond value creation. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a matter of clarifying exactly what this responsibility entails and how it can best be fulfilled. For a number of years, leading Norwegian companies have given high priority to CSR efforts.

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A total of USD 5.4 billion in assistance to Palestine was pledged at the international donor conference for Gaza and Palestine on 12 October. ‘This solid result demonstrates massive international support for the Palestinian people. It sends a strong signal that the world is standing together to rebuild Gaza. We expect that Israel will do its part to reverse its access restrictions on Gaza, so...

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The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 has been awarded the Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi and the Pakistani children’s education activist Malala Yousafzai.

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On 8 October, The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released information about the Norwegian development budget for 2015, including its size, strategy and focus areas. From 2014 there has been an increase in the budget by approximately NOK 1 billion, which brings the 2015 development budget to encompass NOK 32.5 billion.

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