Maintaining peace has become even more vital, but also more challenging in a world of increasing conflicts. The importance of multilateral cooperation and the rule-based order was highlighted in the speech delivered by Norway's Ambassador-designate, Anne Kari H. Ovind on behalf of the UNMCK.
Our relations go back to the Korean War (1951 – 1953) where Norway’s contribution to the UN forces consisted of a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. This hospital did not close down until 1954, after having treated more than 90 000 patients.
This year Norway is the chair of the UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea, the only UN cemetery in the world, which is a reminder of the sacrifices of the UN Forces in the Korean War, where the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for world peace and freedom rest in peace.