Article | Last updated: 2018-06-22 | Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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.
The UN Security Council is the only body with responsibility for maintaining international peace and security that has a mandate to make decisions that are binding under international law. For a country like Norway, which has a broad-based international engagement, it is natural to want to take our share of the responsibility. This is part of a long-term policy to promote international peace and conflict resolution. As a small country with an open economy, Norway has a fundamental interest in supporting the UN and international cooperation and in promoting respect for international law and a rules-based world order based on the UN Charter.
Norway has been a member of the Security Council four times in the past, most recently in 2001-2002.
Norway is now launching its campaign for a seat on the Security Council in 2021-2022.