Norway holds the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council in January. 2022. In presenting its programme the Norwegian Foreign minister Anniken Huitfeldt said Norway is ready to shoulder its responsibility and lead the Security Council in January.
“We will focus in particular on the role of women in promoting peace, the protection of civilians and on peace mediation efforts, and will follow up a number of complex country-specific situations such as Afghanistan, Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,’ Huitfeldt said.
The Foreign Minister added that Norway would seek to gain support for Norwegian interests and values, and work to find common solutions through dialogue and cooperation with other Council members.
Civil society invited
“We will invite civil society representatives, in particular women, to brief the Security Council at a number of the meetings,” said Norway’s Permanent Representative to the UN Mona Juul.
“We consider it important to give a voice to those who are most severely affected by violence and conflict, but who rarely have the opportunity to participate in political processes. This is a platform where their views will be heard by everyone.”
In addition to leading the Council’s work to promote international peace and security, Norway will organise a number of thematic meetings focusing on its identified priority areas. Norway’s Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs are planning to visit New York in January and will chair some of the meetings.