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What’s with the pink socks, Ambassador?

VIDEO: Watch Ambassador Kamsvåg's story about his pink socks and Norway’s bid for a seat at the UN Security Council 2021-2022.

Watch video here: UN Security Council.mp4

In 2020, it will be 20 years since Norway last had a seat on the Council. Norway is now ready to serve again! What makes Norway a great candidate?

Norway is a consistent partner: Norway is a founding member of the UN and a staunch supporter of a rules-based multilateral order. Norway is the seventh largest contributor to the UN system. Norway has a long history of solidarity and partnership for sustainable development, peace and security, and human rights. Norway is at the forefront of climate action and a major donor (third largest per capita) to the Green Climate Fund.

Norway is a small country with an independent voice: Norway has a small-country perspective and a history of speaking with an independent voice. We seek cross-regional partnerships and promote common solutions based on genuine dialogue, willingness to listen and pragmatic diplomacy. Norway will bring to the Council experience from peace and reconciliation efforts from all over the world. Over decades of quiet diplomacy, we have demonstrated that we are a reliable and constructive problem solver. Norway will promote international law, including humanitarian law and respect for human rights, at a time when multilateralism is under pressure.

Norway is ready to serve for our Common Future: Norway’s campaign reflects our long-term commitment to the UN. We have a global outlook and have the ambition and diplomatic capacity to make a difference in the UN Security Council. We want the Security Council to be in a better position when we leave than when we join it. We will push for greater transparency, working constructively with both permanent and elected members. If elected to the Council, Norway will listen to the concerns of all sides, focus on conflict prevention, and work to build bridges and find durable solutions in the day-to-day work of the Council. We will promote women’s rights and participation, and we will highlight the impacts of climate change on international peace and security.