Norway’s campaign for a seat on the UN Security Council
Norway is a candidate for a seat on the UN Security Council for the period 2021-2022. The election will take place in the UN General Assembly in June 2020, and Norway’s candidature was launched in New York on 22 June 2018.
Norway seeking seat on the UN Security Council
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 for long been a strong supporter, both financially and politically, of the UN’s work to promote peace, development and human rights.
Brochure: The Norwegian UNSC campaign
Norway is a founding member of the UN and a staunch supporter of global governance based on the UN Charter and international law. Norway’s commitment to the UN and multilateral cooperation is unwavering and enjoys broad domestic political support.
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. Three candidates are competing for the Western European and Others Group's seats (Canada, Ireland and Norway).
The costs directly related to Norway’s campaign for a seat on the UN Security Council amounted to NOK 12 million (USD 1,4 million) in the period 2016-2018. This total includes costs for travel, representation, campaign materials and promotional activities, courses, and salaries for temporary employees and special representatives who have been engaged specifically to promote Norway’s candidature.