- Reducing non-communicable diseases and promoting mental health
- Increasing high-school completion rates
- Eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls
- Reducing the proportion of young people not in employment, education or training
- Ensuring sustainable infrastructure
- Sustaining income growth of the bottom 40% of the population at a rate higher than the national average
- Improving urban air quality
- Halving food waste and reducing waste generation
- Reducing the impact of invasive alien species
- Reducing all forms of violence and related death rates and combating organised crime.
- Increasing ODA for education, with a special focus on girls’ education, education in emergencies and education quality
- Maintaining a high level of investments in global health, in particular efforts to improve maternal health and reduce child mortality
- Working in partnerships, including with the private sector, Every Woman Every Child, the vaccine alliance GAVI, and the Global Partnership on Education (GPE)
- Engaging in partnerships under the UN, World Bank and other organisations to strengthen women’s rights and gender equality in economic, social and political life, which is crucial for economic development and growth.
- Working with Latin American, African, and Asian partners in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+).
- Supporting climate financing for vulnerable nations, including LDCs and SIDS, via multilateral mechanisms such as the Green Climate Fund, where Norway is a major donor.
- Support for promoting renewable energy in African and Asian countries, and sharing experience in the management of petroleum resources, a sector in which Norway is a major exporter.
- Reducing illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing as part of sustainable management of fish stocks, including cooperation with Russia in the Barents Sea.
- Stepping up efforts to reduce marine plastic litter and micro-plastics, including through an initiative taken at UNEA, and working with the US and others to make the ‘Our Ocean’ process a success.
- Chair of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) for assistance to the Palestinians. Facilitator, together with Cuba, in the Colombian peace process. Cooperation with the African Union in support of African peacekeeping and capacity building.
- Support to international governance and institution building to promote transparency and accountability, counteract corruption and capital flight, and consolidate the rule of law.
- Work with multilateral, regional and bilateral partners to promote democracy and relevant human rights norms and standards, including by supporting the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and engaging in the Council of Europe.
Section for UN Policy
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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|2003 Status Report|
The Survive and Thrive Alliance is a public-private partnership established to achieve significant reduction in maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality in low-resource settings through strengthening the performance of providers, as well as improving the quality of facility-based maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) services to prevent maternal and child deaths. The US Government has joined with country nationals to implement, facilitate and integrate evidence-based interventions by mobilizing multi-sectorial technical experts from pediatric, obstetric and midwifery professional asso...[more]
The best opportunity to slow the rate of near-term warming globally and in sensitive regions such as the Arctic is by cutting emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) – most notably methane, black carbon and some hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Widespread reductions, which complement the need for aggressive global action on carbon dioxide, contribute significantly to the goal of limiting warming to less than two degrees. Reducing SLCPs can also advance national priorities such as protecting air quality and public health, promoting food security, enhancing energy efficiency, and alleviat...[more]
Volunteer beach cleans have been going on for years and are making a huge positive impact on the local level along the Norwegian coast. The Government is now increasing its support to these initiatives, in partnership with civil society and with financial support for voluntary action. The enhanced commitment is aimed both at marine litter prevention and clean-up efforts. The National Grant Schemes for measures against marine litter have been strengthened substantially. In addition to existing relevant government bodies, a new center is about to be established in the North of Norway and an impo...[more]
The Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism is an organizational network of tourism stakeholders of the public and private sectors, non-profits, UN agencies and programmes, international organizations and academic institutions. Partner organizations share the common vision and understanding of the goal of "sustainable tourism" and collaborate internationally, regionally or nationally to transform tourism globally. The mission is to transform the way tourism is done worldwide by building partnerships to support the implementation of sustainable tourism practices at destinations through adop...[more]
The IHO capacity building programme seeks to assess and advise on how countries can best meet their international obligations and serve their own best interests by providing appropriate hydrographic and nautical charting services. Such services directly support safety of navigation, safety of life at sea, efficient sea transportation and the wider use of the seas and oceans in a sustainable way, including the protection of the marine environment, coastal zone management, fishing, marine resource exploration and exploitation, maritime boundary delimitation, maritime defence and security, and o...[more]
Illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing is contributing to overexploitation of marine resources. An important tool in the fight against IUU Fishing is the 2009 FAO Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, which entered into force in June 2016. In May 2017 in Oslo, at the first Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement, the Norwegian Government announced that it will allocate up to ten million Norwegian kroner to help developing countries implement the agreement. The effort is a part of the Norwegian Fish for Developme...[more]
IRENA has developed the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative to support the strategic deployment of renewable energy in SIDS, to bring clarity to policy makers regarding the required steps, and to enable targeted action. As a joint effort of SIDS and development partners, this framework for action will assist in transforming SIDS energy systems through the establishment of the enabling conditions for a renewable energy-based future, by moving away from developing projects in isolation to a holistic approach that considers all relevant elements spanning from policy and market frameworks, through technol...[more]
Societal Innovation enabling Sustainable Development. A modular scaleable platform supporting and connecting a network of ‘smart communities’ supporting the technical infrastructure to facilitate efficient community resource management. Supporting resource categories that include transparent food systems, physical asset management, services, people, spaces and more. Promoting the circular economy to enable regenerative communities. Supporting communities, initiatives and individuals while strengthening local economies, promoting regenerative agriculture, job creation, integration, collaborati...[more]
Ensuring clean and healthy oceans is a key priority for the Norwegian Government.The Government is stepping up its efforts to reduce the amount of microplastics ending up in the ocean and intends to target the most important sources of this kind of pollution. Measures are now being developed in cooperation with relevant governmental bodies and in dialogue with relevant stakeholders. The main focus will be on land-based sources of microplastics including wear and tear of car tires, artificial turf, paint and textiles. Concrete measures towards the difference sources are being examined and consi...[more]
By reducing deforestation, we could achieve up to one third of the needed emission reductions by 2020. (Statement by Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway, delivered at 20.June.2012 in Rio de Janeiro. available at: Office of Prime Minister, Norway )
It aims to set in place back-stopping measures that address the needs of people and communities who are displaced from the impacts of natural hazards and the adverse effects of climate change within, and across borders.To reach this goal technical assistance and capacity building can provide the basis to increase the required awareness from the community to the political level and complement and strengthen national adaptation policy. In the event that displacement occurs, government will have institutionalised safe-guard measures that protect people who are displaced and the receiving communit...[more]
Ensuring clean and healthy oceans is a key priority for the Norwegian Government. Reports and studies point at staggering amounts of litter, including plastic and microplastics, in the worlds' oceans. Aside from potentially devastating effects on marine life, human health may also be compromised. The objective of the support granted to UNEP is to assess the effectiveness of relevant international, regional and subregional governance strategies and approaches to combat marine plastic litter and microplastics, taking into consideration the relevant international, regional and subregional regulat...[more]
By 2050 the world population may reach ten billion people. All these people have the right to healthy and nutritious food. The ocean has the potential to supply a substantial part of the world's future need for food. The Norwegian Government is calling for higher priority to be given to fisheries and aquaculture in efforts to improve global food security. Norway will establish a Global Action Network on Sustainable Food from the Ocean for Food Security and Nutrition which is a direct follow-up of the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN General Assembly Resolution No. 70/259 on the...[more]
Small-scale fisheries make an important contribution to nutrition, food security, sustainable livelihoods and poverty alleviation, especially in developing countries. Since 2015 Norway has been supporting FAO's implementation of the "Voluntary guidelines for securing sustainable small-scale fisheries in the context of food security and poverty eradication". Now discussions are underway between Norway and FAO that could result in support to yet another project related to the small-scale sector; "Enhancing the contribution of small-scale fisheries to food security and sustainable livelihoods thr...[more]
Norway will increase its contribution to the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria by 20% for the next 3 years, making a total contribution in 2011-13 of USD 225 million. This is in addition to the commitment made in June as part of the Muskoka initiative of USD $500 million for the period 2011-2020, partly subject to the annual budgetary process.
MAREANO maps depth and topography, sediment composition, biodiversity, habitats and biotopes as well as pollution in the seabed in Norwegian offshore areas. The Programme aims to provide answers to questions such as: How is the seascape of the Norwegian continental shelf? What does the seabed consist of? How is the biodiversity distributed on the seabed? How are habitats and biotopes distributed on the seabed? What is the relationship between the physical environment, biodiversity and biological resources? How much contaminants are stored in the bottom sediments? The program commenced its acti...[more]
It is beyond doubt that many of the players involved in IUU fishing take part in transnational organized fisheries crime involving criminal activity along the whole value chain for fish. This may also include trafficking in human beings, use of violence, tax and customs fraud as well as corruption and document fraud. The problems are global and must be confronted as such. In November 2016, Norway entered into a NOK 39.6 million agreement with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with the aim of combatting transnational organized fisheries crime. The project will run from 2017 t...[more]
Ensuring clean and healthy oceans is a key priority for the Norwegian Government. Reports and studies point at staggering amounts of litter, including plastic and microplastics, in the worlds' oceans. Aside from potentially devastating effects on marine life, human health may also be compromised. The objective of the programme, which will be multiannual, is to reduce the amount of marine litter and microplastics in oceans and seas. Its main focus will be on developing countries.
It is estimated that about one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally. Food losses represent a waste of resources used in production such as land, water, energy and inputs, increasing the green gas emissions in vain. Reducing food loss and waste is by far the cheapest and most environmental friendly way to increase food supply. Loss and waste occur in all food product groups, including seafood. In 2016, the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) supported a Norwegian proposal to develop a FAO technical guideline addressing the causes of and remedies to food losses a...[more]
Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) is a five-year initiative to rapidly reduce maternal and newborn mortality in low-resource, high-burden sub-Saharan Africa countries. Launched by Secretary of State Clinton in 2012, this public-private partnership strengthens health services by increasing demand, facilitating access to quality, lifesaving care for the most vulnerable women, and strengthening health systems at the district level. The initiative was given the ambitious goals of reducing maternal mortality by 50% and perinatal morality by 30% in 8 pilot districts in Uganda and Zambia, and then s...[more]
Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) is a multi-stakeholder coalition among public sector, private sector, and civil society actors that aims to provide leadership and resources for catalytic action to increase the number of young people engaged in productive work. The S4YE coalition was founded, in partnership, by Accenture, International Labour Organization (ILO), International Youth Foundation (IYF), Plan International, RAND Corporation, the World Bank, and Youth Business International (YBI). The mission of S4YE is to provide leadership and catalytic action and mobilize efforts to signific...[more]
To manage our oceans sustainably, knowledge is key. For over 40 years, the Nansen programme has supported more than 60 countries in their efforts to promote sustainable fisheries management, most of them in Africa. The next phase of the programme, which started up with the new research vessel in 2017, will seek to expand its objectives to understand the combined effects of climate change, pollution, and fisheries, using the advanced scientific capabilities of R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen. The third R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen Research vessel was officially launched in Oslo, Norway, on 24 March 2017....[more]
The Norwegian Council of State approved a policy-recommendation, "Towards greener development: On a coherent environmental and development" in 2011. Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Meld. St. 14 (2010?2011) Report to the Storting (white paper) Towards greener development: On a coherent environmental and development policy, recommendation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of 8 April 2011, approved in th The Norwegian Government has developed a coherent environmental and development policy based on four pillars: Enhance the role of government as a driving force for greener develop...[more]