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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Photo: Photo: Ken Opprann.

June 17, 2016 | It’s been a busy time in Oslo, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visiting and attending two major international conferences. Following is a brief summary of what’s been happening in the Norwegian capital.

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The Norwegian Government today presented a white paper to Parliament describing the Long Term Plan for the Norwegian Armed Forces for the years 2017-2020. The Government recommends a gradual increase in the defence budget over the course of the coming four years to a 2020-level NOK 7.2 billion above 2016-levels, and that over the coming 20 years will see an accumulated total of NOK 165 billion ...

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‘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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Ambassador Kåre R. Aas and Assistant Secretary Thomas M. Countryman sign the U.S.-Norway 123 Agreement at the State Department.

On June 13, 2016, President Obama submitted to Congress for its review an Agreement for Cooperation between the Government of the United States of America and the Kingdom of Norway Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy.

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From the American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF): The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our Fellowships and Grants program for the 2017/18 academic year. We appreciate you notifying qualified candidates about our program.

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The other day, a colleague asked me why I have this personal investment in LGBTI issues. The answer is, that my commitment comes from understanding. And that my understanding comes from interaction. I have gay friends and gay colleagues. I have seen how the frames of their lives have changed over the past few decades, as society has moved from abhorrence to acceptance. For me, the world is a...

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A new exhibition from the Fram Museum, in cooperation with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Herbjørn Gausta, "Grace Before the Meal (Bordbønnen)," ca. 1880-89. Oil on canvas, 20.5 x 28.5 inches. | This poignant scene of a Norwegian home interior shows a mother and four children seated before a meal of grøt, kjøttkaker, and flatbrød. The father's chair is empty, and there has been speculation that it refers to a father who has gone to America while the family waits for him to send fund...

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