Norway Assumes Key Leadership Tasks Including to be Penholder for Afghanistan Situation in UNSC

As a member of the UN Security Council, Norway will chair the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Sanctions Committee,  the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee and will also be penholder for the situation in Afghanistan, the Norwegian government has said in a press release.

“These are challenging and demanding tasks that Norway is prepared to take on. It is a vote of confidence that Norway will have the responsibility for some of the key chair positions of Security Council’s subsidiary organs,” said Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Erikshumanitarian.

The press release said that in a world dealing with the ongoing pandemic, climate change, increasing poverty, enormous humanitariani needs, high numbers of refugees and displaced people and complicated conflict situations, it is vital that the UN Security Council’s efforts to promote international peace and security are successful.

“Norway will be a co-penholder for the situation in Afghanistan and for the humanitarian situation in Syria,” the press release reads.

“We have in-depth insight into the conflicts in Afghanistan and Syria, and are therefore well placed to play a constructive role that can lead to common solutions. It is important to strengthen the Security Council’s capacity to carry out peace diplomacy and conflict prevention, and incorporate this into processes of addressing country and conflict situations. Both Afghanistan and Syria have great humanitarian needs that the Security Council must assure are addressed. Some of the country situations on the Security Council’s agenda are complicated and have led to polarisation among members of the Security Council, which means that our ambitions have to be realistic,” said Ms Eriksen Søreide.

Members of the Security Council has recently established an informal expert group on the linkage between climate change and security risks in the various country situations and Norway will co-chair the group

9 / January 2021
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