Norway has launched an aggressive strategy to recruit nationals to key field positions in the UN system. A process is underway to select a handful of Norwegians for a career as head of UNDP or OCHA at country level.
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Several NATO countries want to work with Norway and the Netherlands along the principles outlined in the joint Dutch-Norwegian letter that was circulated to the members ahead of their meeting in Oslo last week.
Swedish Development Minister Gunilla Carlsson has offered core funding to the Mekong River Commission in exchange for more political engagement by the governments. But she expresses concern about unresolved transboundary conflicts between Vietnam and Cambodia related to hydropower.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre received no signals that the United States will lift bank restrictions on the Palestinian government when he met US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Oslo in late April.
The Board of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) has appointed Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General and former Under-Secretary General Jan Egeland as the new Director of the institute.