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Norway seeking seat on UN Security Council in 2021-2022

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.

| Article | Last updated: 28/04/2020

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.  

1. 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. As one of only two countries, Norway has allocated 1 % of GNI to ODA for the last decade. Norway’s commitment to the UN enjoys broad domestic political support. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

Norway promotes a more representative Security Council, to better reflect current global realities and ensure representation. This includes expansion of both permanent and non-permanent seats for Africa.