Regional Cooperation

Ms. Tuesday Reitano from Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, talked about illicit human smuggling, trafficking and refugees to Europe. . 
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On February 3-4, The Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa hosted a migration seminar, where Norwegian Embassies from Africa North of the equator, The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI), the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and external guests attended. Migration and refugees coming from Africa to Europe constitute a great challenge, and the aim of the... Read more

From left: Justice Ben Kioko, judge of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Ms. Tone Skogen, Norway’s State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Faith Pansy Tlakula, head of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights(ACHPR), Cmr Soyata Maiga, special Rapporteur of the ACHPR, and Mr. Andreas Gaarder, Norway’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and the AU.). 
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On Thursday 28th January, the Norwegian State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Tone Skogen, hosted a luncheon gathering key individuals representing different African human rights mechanisms and institutions. On the occasion of 2016 being the African Year for Human Rights, with a particular focus on Women’s Rights, the luncheon provided a unique opportunity to discuss the expectations for the... Read more

Women's rights and gender equality should be central to all efforts to promote peace and security. 
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The United Nations celebrates the efforts of women's participation and influence in peace and reconciliation processes. Norway is represented by State Secretary Tone Skogen. Read more

President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir. 
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'It is encouraging that the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, yesterday signed the peace agreement with the opposition in South Sudan. Let us hope that this will bring an end to the tragic conflict, which has lasted for 20 months. I expect all parties to comply with the whole peace agreement, as it has now been negotiated. We cannot accept any attempts to opt out of parts of the agreement,'... Read more

Foreign Minister Brende visited Ethiopia in 2014 for talks on the crisis in South Sudan. 
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Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende has called on the Government of South Sudan to sign the IGAD Plus Peace Agreement, and on all the parties to the conflict to implement it. Read more

‘I condemn today’s terrorist attack in Sousse in Tunisia. Once again, ruthless terrorists have carried out a brutal attack on civilians in the country. Our thoughts go to all those who have lost their loved ones,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

‘The humanitarian needs in South Sudan are massive, and they are increasing. Nearly eight million people are experiencing a critical food shortage, out of a population of just over 11 million. Norway is now increasing its support for humanitarian assistance in the country by NOK 30 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

The South Sudanese authorities have decided to expel the UN Humanitarian Coordinator and Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer. ‘The expulsion of Toby Lanzer is unacceptable, and we urge South Sudan to reverse the decision. Norway fully supports the UN in this matter,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

The AU reiterates its appeal for dialogue and restraint in order to find a consensual solution to the crisis. Read more

There is a the need to maintain Norway’s political engagement in favour of the people of South Sudan. 
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For the second time the Embassy has hosted (27 and 28 April) a sub-regional meeting on the crisis in South Sudan. Read more

‘We are facing an unprecedented situation in the Mediterranean region, where a growing number of refugees trying to reach Europe are losing their lives in the attempt. There have been further tragedies in the last few days. Several boats have capsized, and hundreds of people have drowned. Norway is providing NOK 50 million for measures to help refugees and migrants in transit countries in Afric... Read more

The members of the Troika (the United States, the United Kingdom and Norway) have issued a joint statement where they express disappointment that a genuine National Dialogue in Sudan has not begun and concerns for the upcoming elections. Read more

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The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has expressed satisfaction at the recent official announcement of the results on the elections in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Read more

The members of the Troika (the United States, the United Kingdom and Norway) have issued a joint statement where they continue to support a process of National Dialogue in Sudan. Read more

‘Women are particularly affected by wars and conflicts. The Government is giving priority to intensifying Norway’s efforts to promote the women, peace and security agenda,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Today the Government presented a new National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security for the period 2015-18. Read more

Chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende today signed a strategic partnership agreement. ‘This is a historic step for Norway’s engagement in Africa,’ said Mr Brende. Read more

A Technical Agreement between the AU and NATO was signed by AU Commissioner Smail Chergui and NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations Richard Froh in AU Headquarters, Addis Abeba Read more

The baton was passed from the Norwegian Ambassador to the Ambassador of the United States. Read more

Pledges made at the MISCA Donors’ Conference at the AU.  From left: USA / Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield; Norway / Ambassador Odd-Inge Kvalheim; UN / Under-Secretary-General Maged A. Abdelaziz, Special Adviser on Africa; EU / Managing Director for Africa in the EEAS, Nick Wescott. 
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The Government is providing NOK 6 million to support the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic. Read more

Foreign Minister Børge Brende met with women from South Sudan, discussing the critical situation for women and children in the ongoing conflict. Close to 700,000 people have been forced to flee, due to the conflict during the last six weeks. 
Photo: MFA/Astrid Sehl.

In connection with the AU Summit, Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende visited Addis Ababa 27–29 January. Mr Brende expressed Norway’s support for the AU’s increasing political role and its efforts for peace and security in Africa. Read more