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.

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Norway's priorities

Norway’s commitment to the UN has deep roots, and if elected as a member of the UN Security Council, Norway will make use of its 20 years’ experience of peace diplomacy to strengthen the Council’s conflict prevention and resolution efforts.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt in the UN Security Council room. In January Norway will hold the Council's presidency. Credit: MFA

Programme of work for the Norwegian Presidency

The programme of work for the UN Security Council in January is now in place. ‘We will focus in particular on the role of women in promoting peace, the protection of civilians and on peace mediation efforts, and will follow up a number of complex country-specific situations such as Afghanistan, Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt.

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Norway’s key leadership tasks in UN Security Council

In its second year as a member of the UN Security Council, Norway will co-chair the Informal Expert Group on Climate and Security together with Kenya. Norway will also continue to hold the subsidiary body chair positions it was given in 2021.

Norway chairs the Sanctions Committee on the DPRK

15/03/2021: As a member of the UN Security Council, Norway will chair the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee established pursuant to resolution 1718 (2006). Ambassador Mona Juul, Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations in New York, will chair the Committee. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) nuclear programme and ballistic missile tests remain a threat to regional and international peace and stability.

Women's rights and gender equality

The fundamental aim of Norway’s efforts in the area of women’s rights and gender equality is to increase the opportunities available to women and girls, promote their right to self-determination, and further their empowerment. This is crucial if girls, boys, women and men are to have equal rights and equal opportunities.