UN Ambassador Mona Juul spoke on Tuesday about the goals for the month in which Norway holds the presidency of the Security Council. She promised optimism and hard work.
Norway took over the presidency at the turn of the year, and Juul met the press in New York on Tuesday afternoon local time. There she told about the Security Council’s work program for January.
– The situation in the world is quite gloomy, but we have to be optimistic. Both as a member of the Security Council and as a country, Norway will never stop trying to resolve conflicts through dialogue, Juul said during the press conference.
Among other things, she promised increased attention to women’s security, climate and the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
– There is no doubt that the climate crisis is affecting the world’s level of conflict. The Security Council must, as we see it, step up action on climate change, within its mandate, she said.
The Norwegian government wishes to use the period of Norwegian presidency to front foreign policy based on Norwegian interests and values.
– A number of complex land situations will be discussed in the Security Council in January. Among these are Syria, Afghanistan and Libya, Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt (Labor Party) said in a statement before Christmas.
Both she and Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre will chair some of the meetings of the council during the month. Støre will lead an open debate on the protection of civilians in densely populated areas with armed conflict.
Disagreement on climate change
A debate on women, peace and security will be led by Huitfeldt.
Norway has also previously argued that the connection between climate change and conflict must be discussed in the Council. But Huitfeldt said in November that there was disagreement in the Security Council on this issue.
In December, Russia vetoed a resolution formally linking climate change to global security challenges.
Juul says on Tuesday that Norway together with Kenya will lead an informal working group that will look at the topic.