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Syrian women’s group visits Norway

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Representatives of the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board visited Norway last week. Syrian Women’s Advisory Board was established to provide advice to the UN Special Envoy for Syria in the efforts to find a political solution to the conflict in Syria.

‘There is an urgent need to advance the political process in Syria. Syrian women play and must play a central role in the political process in Syria. We are pleased to support their work and to host Syrian Women's Advisory Board here in Norway, said Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt.

Syrian Women Advisory Board met UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen for consultations. Credit: MFA
Syrian Women Advisory Board met UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen for consultations. Credit: MFA

Norway has supported the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board since it was established in 2016. During their visit to Norway, the members of the Women’s Advisory Board had internal discussions concerning their role in the political process in Syria and met UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen for consultations. The Women’s Advisory Board also met representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Storting’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, members of Norway’s Permanent Mission to the UN in New York and other representatives of Norwegian society. The visit was organised in collaboration with UN Women and the Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution (Noref). Lessons learned from other peace processes were among the topics discussed.

Syria, women’s participation and the inclusion of women in peace processes are priorities in Norway’s efforts as a member of the UN Security Council. 

For more information, see: Norway in the UN Security Council 2021-2022