Following is the text of a joint statement by the United States and Norway issued following the US-Norway Global Issues Dialogue on May 6, 2010:
The Governments of the United States and Norway today launched the first bilateral Global Issues Dialogue, a forum for consultation and cooperation on global issues of mutual interest to both countries. Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs María Otero and Norway’s State Secretary Gry Larsen led the inaugural meeting on May 6th in Washington, DC.
Norway and the United States are bound by common values, rooted in the pursuit of democracy, human rights and individual freedoms. Today we held wide-ranging discussions on issues of significance to our countries and the world at large. We discussed ways in which the United States and Norway can work together to combat global climate change, from deforestation to black carbon, partner in multilateral engagement, as well as joint research and cooperation on global health, including cookstoves, and regional and global water challenges, all of which will benefit from bolstered cooperation between our two nations. The dialogue also included a broad exchange on human rights issues, including strengthening the Human Rights Council, protecting human rights defenders, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations, combating trafficking in persons, Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, and promoting the decent work agenda.
Finally, we also discussed Arctic issues, including polar research, search and rescue and other items on the Arctic Council agenda.
The dialogue concluded with productive discussions between State Secretary Larsen and Assistant Secretary for Europe Philip Gordon on issues pertaining to European security, disarmament and non-proliferation.