SC: Myanmar

Explanation of Vote by Deputy Permanent Representative Trine Heimerback following the adoption of UNSC resolution on Myanmar, 21 December 2022.

Norway voted in favour of the text, and we are pleased that the resolution was adopted.

Norway strongly condemns the military’s brutal coup in February 2021. And we will continue to do so until they stop their attacks on civilians, and return to democratic rule. They are gravely failing in their duty to protect Myanmar’s civilian population.

The people of Myanmar deserve our sustained attention and support.

We therefore welcome that the Security Council was able to adopt a resolution today and we thank the United Kingdom for their sincere efforts on this vital text. We now look forward to seeing closer collaboration between the UN and ASEAN in the implementation of the Five-Point Consensus.


It is of the utmost importance that we were able adopt this resolution.

Nevertheless, we regret that it has taken so long to do so- and that it was not possible to agree on a more substantial draft.

The dire situation merits a text that would send an even stronger signal to the actors in Myanmar to: abstain from violence, and engage constructively towards building a peaceful, reform-oriented, and prosperous Myanmar.

To this end, Norway advocated for stronger language including on:

- the protection of children and education in armed conflict;

- combatting sexual and gender-based violence;

- ending impunity;

- And language on preventing the flow of arms, and financial assets of the military. 

It is our hope, therefore, that today’s resolution paves the way for the Council’s further engagement on Myanmar. It should be followed by other, more substantial, resolutions- including Chapter VII provisions- should the situation warrant it.

Let me end President, by reiterating that as a long-term partner of Myanmar, Norway will remain engaged in the work of creating a peaceful and prosperous future for the people of Myanmar.