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.

UN General Assembly

The UN General Assembly - Norway's priorities

The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly will be formally opened on 18 September 2018 by the General Assembly’s newly elected President, Ecuadorean Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés. Here you can read Norway’s priorities for the upcoming session.

UN70 - a new agenda

Five recommendations for the next Secretary-General

Norway presented five recommendations intended for the next Secretary-General of the United Nations, together with Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Jordan and Mexico.

Fra møte i FNs sikkerhetsråd.

Human rights in the new development goals

Human rights and good governance are so much more than items on an agenda. They are the pillars of human dignity, security and prosperity – and the foundations upon which meaningful lives and successful societies rest.


Will provide NOK 660 million to UN's human rights efforts

2018-09-24: Norway has entered into a four-year agreement with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), totalling NOK 660 million. The funding will be used to strengthen the UN’s efforts to protect and promote human rights, both in individual countries and globally.

Norway seeking UN Security Council seat in 2012-2022

2018-06-22: Many of the challenges the world is now facing can only be addressed through cooperation with other countries. The UN is the most important forum for international cooperation. Norway has been a strong supporter, both financially and politically, of the UN’s work to promote peace, development and human rights since the organisation was established in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Facts about the UN Security Council election

2018-09-27: Norway belongs to the Western European and Others Group, which has two non-permanent seats on the Council for the period 2021-2022. Three candidates are competing for these seats (Canada, Ireland and Norway). The election for the period 2021-2022 will take place during the UN General Assembly in June 2020.

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Common Responsibility

Common Responsibility for Common Future — Meld. St. 24 (2016–2017) Report to the Storting (white paper), English summary

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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