Policy Update

Norway wins bid for UN Security Council seat

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York has elected new members to the UN Security Council for the period 2021–2022. Norway was elected with 130 votes in the Western European and Others Group. 

Norway has been a strong financial and political supporter of the UN's work for peace, development, and human rights since its establishment. The Norwegian government has announced that they intend to give special priority to efforts aimed at strengthening the protection of civilians — including children — and at promoting women’s role and participation in international peace and security work. Furthermore, they wish to bring more attention to how climate change affects international peace and security.

Norway has been a member of the Security Council four times before, the last time in 2001-2002, and has experience from many years of engagement in peace and reconciliation efforts globally. 

Press release – Norwegian Government