Opening Statement at Conference on Protection of Civilians under International Humanitarian Law (Thu, 23 May)
"We all agree on one thing, however, that we have to increase our efforts to protect the civilians affected by armed conflicts. We must respect and uphold international humanitarian law and define what it means in practice", said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Espen Barth Eide, at the opening of the conference.
Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Europe: Strengthening the Impact of the Council of Europe’s Activities (Thu, 16 May)
- We meet at a very important moment. As we here from the Secretary General the founding principles of this organisation, democracy, human rights and the rule of law are again under pressure in Europa. We have to take that very seriously, said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Espen Barth Eide, in his statement at the Council of Europe's meeting.
Norway increases support for prevention of violence against women and children in Bolivia (Thu, 16 May)
“More than 70 % of women and children in Bolivia are victims of violence, most of them in their own homes. Norway is stepping up its efforts to respond to this extensive problem,” said State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Arvinn Gadgil.
The Niwano Peace Prize to Gunnar Stålsett (Thu, 16 May)
Ambassador Arne Walther gave this message on behalf of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Espen Barth Eide, at the award ceremony.