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10.7 million people need humanitarian aid in the Lake Chad region, which includes Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad. Norway is co-hosting the Oslo Humanitarian Conference today, 24th February, together with Germany, Nigeria and the UN. Read more

Earlier this month, Ambassador Unni Kløvstad, accompanied by the Norwegian Honorary Consul General, Mr Tomm Paulsen, and Dean Channells, conducted an official visit to Melbourne, Victoria. The visit was the last of the official visits to the States and Territories of Australia. Read more

100 years ago to this day, the Nordic indigenous population named Sami gathered for the first time in Trondheim to discuss issues of shared interest. His Majesty King Harald, Prime Minister Solberg, Sami leaders from across the Nordic countries and many others have gathered today to remember the Sami history and to celebrate the diversity of Sami culture. Read more

Australia and Norway have a lot in common. There are about 10 000 Norwegians living in Australia and many Australians claim Norwegian ancestry. Two and a half year into her term, Norway’s ambassador to Australia, Unni Kløvstad, reflects on the strong relations between the two countries and on her role representing Norway in Australia. Read more

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Norwegian bass player Christian Meaas Svendsen is in Australia for a two week tour, starting in week 3. First up, Mr Svendsen will be visiting the exploratory music festival Tone List in Perth Thursday 19th and Friday 20th. From there on his tour goes through all the states of Australia, including Canberra. Read more

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Ambassador Unni Kløvstad visited Tonga 20-24 November to present her credentials to His Majesty King Topou VI. Tonga and Norway has a good relationship, despite the geographical distance that limits bilateral engagements. Read more

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On Tuesday 6 December, the Norwegian Ambassador Unni Kløvstad was invited to speak at an event hosted by Beyond Zero Emissions to highlight avenues to increase the share of electric cars in the Australian vehicle-fleet. Read more

Now in its third year, the Norwegian Embassy Annual Business Seminar was held 17 November in Perth. The focus of this year’s seminar was innovation, and nearly 90 participants mainly from Australian-based Norwegian companies and organisations attended the event. Read more

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Earlier this week, Ambassador Kløvstad conducted her first official visit to the state of South Australia. The two-day visit was an excellent opportunity to meet with Government Minister’s, research institutions & universities, as well as state departments to learn more of the key priorities and industries of SA and opportunities for possible future engagement and collaboration. Read more

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Director for NRK Sápmi Mona Solbakk and 4 of her editors visited Sydney this week for the World Indigineous Television Broadcastes Conference 2016. The conference is hosted by SBS' NITV in Sydney from Monday 7 to Friday 11 November 2016 Read more

Representatives of the UN70 initative, including New Zealand and Norway met Secretary-General-Designate Mr. António Guterres and his transition team in New York, 3 November. Read more

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Ambassador Ms Unni Kløvstad travelled to Hobart this week for the unveiling of a bust of the Antarctic explorer Roald Amundsen. Together with the Executive Director of the University of Tasmania’s Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), Dr Richard Coleman, she unveiled the bust of the famous Norwegian explorer on a new plinth outside the IMAS Building, Thursday October 27th. Read more

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The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende has invited trade ministers from 24 WTO-countries to Oslo between 21. – 22. October for an informal ministerial discussion on the future of WTO. International cooperation and multilateral trade deals are important for growth in the international economy, Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende said. Read more

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As part of the Sydney New Music Festival, a piece by Norwegian composer Per Christian Arnesen was played by the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra. The concert was attended by the Embassy's Deputy Head of Mission and was described by participants as a great success. Read more

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The Solberg Government put forward its proposed budget for 2017 last Thursday 6 October. ‘The Government’s proposed aid budget for 2017 amounts to 1 % of Norway's GNI and sets out a historic level of funding in many areas. The present Government has doubled support for education, increased humanitarian aid by 50 %, and increased funding for global health by NOK 600 million. We are also continui... Read more

The Embassy will be closed on Wednsday 12 October 2016. Read more

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A week of Nobel prize awards is well underway with awards going to pioneers of research within chemistry, physics and medicine. Today, Friday 7 October at 8 PM AEST the Nobel Peace Prize laureate(s) will be announced by the Norwegian Nobel Committee in Oslo. Since its inception in 1901, 96 Nobel Peace Prices to 101 individuals and 24 organisations have been awarded. The Prize will be awarded... Read more

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The Ambassador visited the capital of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby, between the 29 – 31 August. She presented her credentials to the Governor General, Sir Michael Ogio, in a solemn ceremony at the Government House on 30 August. Read more

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Between 20 and 29 September governments from around the world, including Norway and Australia’s, will meet in New York to discuss our common future engagements in the United Nations, especially in delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030. Norway’s priorities for this year’s United Nations General Assembly are clear and we will work closely with the UN on: the... Read more