WINDHOEK, 19 JUN – The outgoing Norwegian Ambassador, Trine Skymoen on Tuesday lobbied for Namibia’s support for Norway’s bid for a non-permanent seat in the United Nations (UN) Security Council.
Norway is competing for that seat against Ireland and Canada for the period 2021 to 2022.
The UN Security Council has five permanent members; France, China, Russia, the United Kingdom, United States of America and two non-permanent members elected by the General Assembly for a two-year term.
Skymoen, who bid farewell to President Hage Geingob at State House on Tuesday, said Norway has always been a strong supporter of the UN and the first Secretary General of the UN was a Norwegian.
“We have really worked hard inside the organisation and with financial contributions, we send troops to peace operations to build a strong UN that can safeguard what we all need, which is to have a global order that has rules that we all adhere to,” she explained.
Norway, she continued, is the seventh largest financial contributor to the UN with a wide experience in facilitating various peace processes such as in the Middle East, Colombia or the whole of Africa, among others.
Once her country acquires the seat at the UN, it can use the experience to make decisions that are good for the world.
On his part, Geingob said Norway is the first country to ask for Namibia’s support.
He added that Norway supported the fight for Namibia’s independence.
Geingob, however, stressed that there are new developments in the world and thus there needs to be inclusivity in the UN as there is no African country serving on the Security Council.
“We are looking at that, there is a committee of 10 of which I am also a member, but it is difficult because countries have their own different interests, even the five permanent members have their own interests,” he pointed out.
The official launch for the campaign of the non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council will take place on Friday in New York.