'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.
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.
The UN General Assembly - Norway's priorities
The 75th session of the UN General Assembly opened on 15 September 2020 at the UN Headquarters in New York. This year, delegates from capitals around the world will not be physically present for the week of high-level meetings . Attendance in the General Assembly Hall will be kept to a minimum, and Norway will be represented by its Permanent Mission to the UN in New York.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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