UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim and Norwegian Ambassador Victor C. Rønneberg. 
Photo: UNEP.UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim and Norwegian Ambassador Victor C. Rønneberg. Photo: UNEP

10th of August 2016, The Norwegian Ambassador to Kenya Victor C. Rønneberg and UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim met at the UN Offices in Nairobi to sign a new framework agreement between Norway and UNEP. The agreement lays the foundation for Norway’s continued support to UNEP.

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The Norwegian Ambassador, Mr. Victor Rønneberg, visited Kwale and Mombasa Counties from 11 to 12 August 2016. Mr. Rønneberg was impressed by the energy and commitment shown by both authorities and civil society in both Counties to ensuring improved living conditions for their citizens.

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Photo: From left: Mr Ali Ibrahim, Director, MoIFA; Ms Beate Bull, First Secretary, the Norwegian Embassy; Dr Ibrahim Yahye, Permanent Secretary, MoIFA; Mr Vebjørn Heines, Acting Ambassador, the Norwegian Embassy; Mr Mustakim Waid, Senior Advisor, MoIFA.

The Norwegian Embassy met representatives from the Somali Ministry of Internal and Federal Affairs on 5 July to discuss links between the Wadajir Framework and the upcoming bilateral cooperation programme to support stabilisation efforts in Somalia.

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Incoming head Erik Solheim and outgoing head Achim Steiner at the handover ceremony  . 
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Erik Solheim, the former Minister of Environment and International Development in Norway, began his tenure 27th of June as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, With its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Mr. Solheim assumes his new role as chief of the global authority on the environment after three years as head of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for...

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On 1 July, the Heads of Mission of the USA, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway and Sweden released a press statement regarding the disappearance and murder of a Kenyan human rights defender and his associates.

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Rebuilding the fisheries sector in Somalia, following years of conflict, is crucial for strengthening food security and nutrition among the Somali population and generating employment in the sector, as well as fostering economic growth. Generating employment in the fisheries sector is key, especially for women.

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World Press Freedom Day was celebrated on 3 May with more than 100 events all over the world. The overarching theme for this year’s international event was access to information and fundamental freedoms.

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The Norwegian Embassy witnessed 30 April the burning of elephant ivory and rhino horn in Nairobi National Park, as a symbol in the fight against the present slaughtering of elephants and rhinos across Africa. President Uhuru Kenyatta and the renowned conservationist Richard Leakey set the fire ablaze.

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The Norwegian Embassy attended 19 April the launch of UPR Info's Regional Office in Africa. UPR Info is a key partner for Norway's international human rights work.

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On 12 April the Norwegian Ambassador to Somalia, Mr Victor C. Rønneberg, and Norway’s Special Envoy to Somalia, Mr Jens Mjaugedal, met with Norwegian organisations working in Somalia to discuss issues of common interest.

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The Norwegian OECD Focal Point for Business and Human Rights, Prof. Ola Mestad, visited Kenya from 13 to 14 April. During his stay, prof. Mestad held conversations with the Attorney General's Office, the National Steering Committee on the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights, and a number of Kenyan and Norwegian Businesses on how the private sector can contribute to the realizatio...

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The Norwegian Ambassador, Mr. Victor Rønneberg, visited Hargeisa, Somaliland, on 8 and 9 February 2016, together with the Ambassadors of Denmark and The Netherlands, as well as the Head of DFID Somalia.

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Photo: DSS / regjeringen.no.

Kenya er et moderne og flerkulturelt land, med en velutviklet markedsøkonomi og turistsektor. Samtidig har landet utfordringer knyttet til utbredt fattigdom og sikkerhetsproblemer. Sistnevnte gjelder særlig trafikkulykker, kriminalitet og terrortrusler.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is today launching a new strategy for efforts to promote freedom of expression. ‘Freedom of expression and independent media are under growing pressure. Norway is therefore strengthening its international work in this field,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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An initiative to combat crime and radicalization among the youth was launched on 19 January by HAKI Africa, one of the Embassy's partners in the Kenya coastal region.

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Foreign Minister Børge Brende played a key role during the 10th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Nairobi in December 2015, in the finalisation of the ministerial declaration that gives guidance for the future work of the organisation.

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‘I am pleased we have succeeded in gaining broad support for the UN resolution on the protection of human rights defenders. It is vital that human rights defenders are able to carry out their work safely and without risk of reprisals if we are to build sustainable, open and democratic societies,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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On 4 November, the ‘Skills for Oil and Gas Africa’ (SOGA) programme was launched in Nairobi. The aim of the programme is to assist East African states in skills development for an emerging oil and gas sector

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From 5 to 7 November, the first ever international trade fair and investment conference was held in Turkana, a county well known to Norway. Later in the month, a report on extractive industries in the county was also launched.

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The Ambassadors of Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, and the United States of America, along with the High Commissioners for Canada and the United Kingdom, released the following press statement regarding civil society on 4 November.

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Norway has since December 2013 supported sustainable and environmental friendly energy solutions to hospitals in Somalia. The result is that government health facilities deliver more and better health services to the population of Somalia.

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The Heads of Foreign Missions in Kenya met on 12 November with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and made the following joint statement.

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‘The Government is proposing the largest humanitarian budget ever. Acute, large-scale crises in the Middle East and Africa make this concerted effort necessary. Norway’s humanitarian budget is being increased by one billion kroner in 2016,’ Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende said.

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The Norwegian Minister for Trade and Industry, Ms Monica Mæland, and a business delegation of 54 Norwegian companies visited Kenya from 18 to 19 September.

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Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg joined on 25 September fellow Heads of State and Government for an historic summit to adopt the world's new development agenda. The Sustainable Development Goals constitute an ambitious and universal plan to eradicate all poverty in the world and facilitate sustainable development over the next 15 years.

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The Norwegian Ambassador, Victor C. Rønneberg, and the World Bank’s Country Director for Somalia, Mr Hugh Riddell, signed a new agreement on 4 September at the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi. The agreement provides for Norwegian support for the Multi-Partner Fund in Somalia that amounts to NOK 160 mill. (appr. USD 20 mill).

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