The UN

'Working together for a better world’. This is the ideology behind the UN. The organisation was founded after two devastating World Wars, and its primary aim is to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war. Norway is an elected member of the Security Council in the period 2021-2022.

Sikkerhetsrådssalen i FN. Foto: UD

Norway in the UN Security Council 2021-2022

Norway is an elected member of the UN Security Council in 2021 and 2022. We will use the experience gained from many years of engagement in peace and reconciliation efforts to build bridges and seek solutions to the seemingly intractable conflicts on the Security Council’s agenda. International law and human rights will form the basis for our efforts.

FNs sikkerhetsråd diskuterer situasjonen i Libya (september 2019). Foto: FN

The UN General Assembly - Norway's priorities

Here are Norway's main priorities for the 76th session of the UN General Assembly. There will only be a few physical meetings during the week of high-level meetings held in connection with the General Debate from 21–28 September. The Norwegian delegation is headed by Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

Afrikanske land er engasjert i arbeidet med å lage vaksiner mot covid-19. Foto: WHO

Democracy and human rights key against Covid-19

'The Covid-19 pandemic threatens to accelerate the global trends of democratic backsliding and weakening respect for human rights. It is intensifying existing inequalities, hitting those who are already marginalised, subjected to discrimination and living in poverty the hardest', two ministers write in an article.

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Address on Norway's membership of the UNSC

08/12/2020: 'Norway will assume its seat on the UN Security Council on 1 January. This is fully in line with our long-term policy of supporting the UN and multilateral cooperation, as well as with the longstanding principles of Norwegian foreign policy – which enjoy broad support in the Norwegian Parliament, the Storting. And it is in line with our interests, the Foreign Minister said.

Norway's statement at the UN General Assembly

26/09/2020: 'The goal of the UN is a world of peace and security. A world ruled by justice and respect for human rights. A world that acts decisively to reduce inequality, poverty and hunger. Acts to stem climate change. And acts to build resilience against pandemics and other global threats', the Prime Minister said in her statement.

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Norway's role and interests in multilateral cooperation

The white paper takes a practical and realistic approach, and looks at the world as it is, rather than how we would like it to be. The conditions for international cooperation are changing due to a decline in US and European power and the shift of the economic centre of gravity to the East. In addition, more countries are choosing bilateral instead of multilateral solutions.

Oceans in Norway’s foreign and development policy

This is the first time a Norwegian government has presented a white paper on the place of the seas and oceans in the country’s foreign and development policy.


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Section for UN Policy
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