“Transparency and accountability are the building blocks for trust between the government and the people”, said Nils Haugstveit from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in last week’s panel debate at King’s College in Kathmandu. He was one of five panelists that discussed the importance of these two fundamental elements of the Nordic model.

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Last week, the Norwegian, Danish and Finnish Ambassadors in Nepal visited Sindhupalchok, one of the most heavily affected districts during the earthquake in April 2015.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched 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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This statement has been issued by education partners in Nepal in response to border blockades that have led to shortages of essential goods in the country, including fuel and medicines. Ongoing strikes in the southern plains of the country have prolonged for three months; as a result, day-to-day running of schools have been greatly hampered.

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A greeting from the Norwegian Ambassador to Nepal, H. E. Mr. Kjell Tormod Pettersen.

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Foreign Minister Børge Brende' statement at the International Conference on Nepal's Reconstructions in Kathmandu 25 June.

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'The earthquakes in Nepal destroyed half a million homes. There will be a huge need for support for reconstruction for a long time to come. We are now increasing Norway's support to Nepal to a total of NOK 230 million,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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