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.
Norway is now launching its campaign for a seat on the Security Council in 2021-2022.