Norway places strong emphasis on the importance of a well-functioning ACABQ. We recognize their crucial role in providing advice to the General Assembly.
We are, therefore, always open to consider proposals - including on adjustments to the membership - which may enhance the work of ACABQ.
Norway is a consistent supporter of stronger participation by developing states in the United Nations. Consequently, we viewed the proposal by Palestine on behalf of G77 & China positively.
We do however have sincere concerns about the process.
Norway is concerned about the precedence created by a Plenary decision on this matter.
We believe that issues related to the functioning of the ACABQ - including membership - should have been discussed in the consensus-driven Fifth Committee.
This would have allowed a more thorough discussion of the issue. And increased the chances of achieving a compromise proposal adopted by consensus.
Our vote should therefore not in any way be interpreted as a signal of Norway’ recognition of the path being taken by the proponent on this particular issue. But rather a voice of support for an ACABQ that reflects the sizes of the various geographical groups in the United Nations.