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