Her Excellency Ine Eriksen Søreide

Statement Summary

INE ERIKSEN SØREIDE, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Norway, said the Charter of the United Nations is the keystone of modern international relations and “we can hardly imagine a world without it”.  As Norway prepares to enter the Security Council on 1 January 2021 as an elected non-permanent member, she pointed to a backdrop of renewed great power rivalry and a rules-based world order under pressure.  It is therefore important to reiterate a common commitment to the principles of justice and international law.  She said that achieving common goals requires restoring and reinvigorating the multilateral system and adapting it to current challenges.  No State, no matter how powerful, can meet the challenges of climate change, growing inequality, conflict and, now, the pandemic, alone.