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.

The Foreign Minister during her address to the Storting.

Address on membership to the UN Security Council

'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', Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide said in her address to the Storting.

Utenriksminister Ine Eriksen Søreide og statsminister Erna Solberg

Norway elected to the UN Security Council

Norway is elected as a member of the UN Security Council for the period 2021–2022. ‘The world needs more international cooperation to promote peace and security. We will make use of our seat on the Security Council to strengthen this work,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg. 'The result of the election shows that Norway enjoys broad confidence within the international community', said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.

Facts about the UN Security Council election

The UN Security Council has 15 members: five permanent members (China, France, Russia, the UK and the US) and ten non-permanent members, which are elected by the UN General Assembly for a term of two years.

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.