‘I am very pleased that the parties to the conflict have now reached agreement on the key issue in the negotiations: laying down of arms and a definitive bilateral ceasefire and end of hostilities. After nearly four years of tough negotiations, we are now finally approaching an end to this conflict,’ Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende said.

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Norway will host the sixth World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Oslo 21-23 June 2016. The Congress will attract 1300 participants from over 80 countries, including ministers, parliamentarians, academics, lawyers, and members of civil society.

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Representatives from the incoming Philippine government (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) met in Oslo, Norway, 14-15 June and agreed to resume formal talks the third week of July 2016.

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Photo: Espen Barth Eide .

High-level peace experts gather in Oslo this week to reflect on current peace processes and further strengthen the practice of conflict resolution globally.

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The Canadian Prime Minister has today announced that there is reason to believe that the Canadian hostage in the Philippines, Robert Hall, has been killed by the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf. ‘I condemn in the strongest terms the brutal killing of Canadian citizen Robert Hall. If these reports are true, abhorrence and outrage is the only reasonable response,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børg...

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A new fund for education in emergencies, Education Cannot Wait, was launched at the world Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on 23 May 2016. 'The aim is to increase access to education for children and young people in emergencies. This is important not only for the individuals concerned, but also for the future of the countries they are living in. Norway is providing up to NOK 100 million for the...

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