Vega shares its world heritage

A modern landmark aimed at sharing the cultural heritage of a particularly beautiful part of Norway opened this summer on the main island of Vega. The UN granted World Heritage status to the Vega Archipelago 15 years ago, but only now does the public have a place to learn more about the islands’ history and […]

Norway caught in a new UN conflict

Opposition politicians in Parliament are suddenly expressing worries about Norway’s reputation at the United Nations. Just two weeks after the Norwegian head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Erik Solheim, was harshly criticized by UN auditors over his extensive and expensive travel, comes news that Norway is protesting how Solheim’s wife was passed over for […]

Norway set to ‘talk back’ to US at UN

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and her foreign minister, Ine Eriksen Søreide, smiled for cameras ahead of Tuesday’s opening of the UN General Assembly in New York. Both, however, are “sad” and disappointed over how US President Donald Trump’s rhetoric is putting years of international cooperation at risk, and they intend to speak along entirely […]

Officials mourn loss of UN’s Kofi Annan

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and her predecessors were all mourning the death over the weekend of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. He was a frequent visitor to Norway and said he “cleared his head” by going hiking in the mountains. “It’s a loss for the whole world,” Solberg said after Annan died on Saturday […]

UN: Close coal mines on Svalbard

The United Nations’ Executive Secretary on climate change, Christiana Figueres, said Norway should close down its coal mines on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. Figueres visited Ny-Ålesund on the island of Spitsbergen for its annual climate symposium this week, and said the mines were out of step with the climate research programs Svalbard is renowned […]

Faremo gets new job at the UN

Grete Faremo, one of the many government ministers who lost their jobs after Norway’s former left-center government lost last fall’s national election, has accepted a new job as executive director of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), headquartered in Copenhagen. UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon announced Faremo’s high-level appointment on Wednesday in conjunction […]

Egeland moves to refugee work

Jan Egeland is the next head of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), a large humanitarian organization working to improve displaced persons all over the world. He is currently Europe director for Human Rights Watch. Egeland, 56, has several international jobs on his CV, including a spell as UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.  In 2006 he was […]

Norway shines up its gift to the UN

PHOTO FEATURE: Sixty years after donating the funds and materials that designed and decorated the UN Security Council Chamber in New York, Norway’s government also helped finance its recent renovation. The “new” chamber officially re-opened last week, in exactly the same style as its Norwegian architect intended. Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide was on […]

Norway unhappy with Russia and China over Syria

The Norwegian government is holding Russia and China “especially” responsible for preventing the UN Security Council from making serious attempts to halt the violence and killings in Syria. The Norwegian military expert who’s been leading UN forces in Syria, meanwhile, felt forced to leave the embattled country. Major General Robert Mood left Damascus for Geneva […]

Kofi Annan in and out of Norway

The United Nations’ special envoy Kofi Annan has been working for months to try to end the bloodshed in Syria. This week, however, he flew in and out of Norway on an entirely different sort of mission: Speaking at a conference in Stavanger on fish farming. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that Annan landed in a private […]