January 2022 marked the halfway point in Norway’s two-year membership in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Given that the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda has been a cornerstone of Norway’s Security Council campaign, its presidency and its political focus during its term, this prompts the question: Has Norway delivered on its goal to strengthen the WPS agenda?
In this policy brief, Nora Kristine Stai and Torunn L. Tryggestad critically summarize Norway’s work on WPS in the UNSC during this first year and discuss Norway’s efforts to effectively address this topic. In doing so, they examine what it means to work with WPS in the Security Council, and what small states can do to affect the political course of the Council.
Nora Kristine Stai is Coordinator of the PRIOCentre on Gender, Peace and Security.Torunn L. Tryggestad is Director of the PRIOCentre on Gender, Peace and Security andSenior Researcher at PRIO. She is a leadingexpert in Norway on Women, Peace andSecurity.