The Norwegian Ambassador, Mr Victor Rønneberg, participated in observing IEBC’s mass voter registration exercise in Nairobi, Kisii and Migori Counties from 8 to 10 February. The observation is part of the international community’s support for the electoral process in Kenya.

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It is estimated that 3000 Kenyans are born every day, a million a year. With a median age of 18 years, Kenya is witnessing a massive youth bulge, which could either be a demographic dividend, or a disaster. Read the joint article by Norwegian Ambassador, Mr Victor Rønneberg, and the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya, Mr Siddharth Chatterjee.

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On 22 January 25 Heads of Mission released a press statement regarding Kenya's 2017 Elections.

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The Norwegian Ambassador, Mr Victor Rønneberg, visited Tana River County from 7 to 8 December, where he met with local leaders and civil society to gain a better understanding of the County and learn about preparations for the 2017 elections.

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Vebjørn with members of Burat Community Action Team (CAT)

Deputy Ambassador Vebjørn Heines was in Isiolo and Meru counties on 15 and 16 December to visit projects of Embassy partners InformAction and Kenya Human Rights Commission respectively.

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From 23 to 24 November, representatives from all of the East African countries from South-Africa to Somalia and Indonesia as well as regional universities, UNODC and the Kenyan minister for agriculture, livestock and fisheries were gathered at a meeting to share experiences in combatting fish crime through the Norwegian supported FishFORCE program. High on the agenda was the establishment of a...

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Photo: Executive Director of UN Environment, Mr Erik Solheim.

The UN Environment Executive Director, Mr Eric Solheim, and the Norwegian Ambassador, Mr Victor Rønneberg, opened the architecture exhibtion 'Forms of Freedom' at the National Museums of Kenya on 2 November 2016

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Photo: State House.

Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Børge Brende, made his first bilateral visit to Kenya from 25 to 27 October.

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‘I would like to congratulate this year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

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The Norwegian Ambassador, Mr. Victor Rønneberg, visited Dadaab on 12 October 2016, together with the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Regional Director for the Horn of Africa, South Sudan, Yemen & Uganda, Ms. Gabriella Waaijman.

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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  . 
Photo: UNEP.

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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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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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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Photo: FAO.

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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Photo: Trine Hay Setsaas.

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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‘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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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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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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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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