We invited three of Norway’s most prominent experts on this subject to a seminar at Handelsbygningen.Mr. Espen Barth Eide (MP-Ap), a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, as well as former Head of the UN Programme at Norsk Utenrikspolitisk Insitutt (NUPI), was our keynote speaker. He was followed by Ms. Tove Gravdal, a journalist who recently published a highly acclaimed book on the UNSC and Norway. Our final speaker was Ole Jacob Sending, Research Director at NUPI.
The three perspectives were brought together in a conversation between Espen Barth Eide and Mr. Thoralf Stenvold, a Norwegian diplomat with more than 25 years of experience from China, Geneva, Oslo, New York and India, including almost 20 years working with and within the United Nations and other multilateral organizations.
All participants agreed that membership of the Security Council is an opportunity not to be missed for Norway and India alike, also with regard to cooperation between the two democracies. They did not underplay the challenges, however, both with regard to the dynamic nature of the Council’s work on issues of the highest importance for peace and security, as well as dealing with the P5* and dilemmas in this regard.
Global megatrends like the rise of China and the rest of Asia, cyber warfare, climate change, the importance of business and the increasing inequality between the rich and the rest were among the subjects discussed as important to the UNSC.
And of course the Covid-19 pandemic was ever present as a backdrop to the meeting, not only in the content of the speeches, but also in the meeting format not allowing the participants to be physically present in the same room at the same time.
The seminar was followed by a reception hosted by the Indian Ambassador, Dr Bala Bhaskar