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, we 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, we 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.
Stai, Nora Kristine & Torunn L. Tryggestad (2022) One Year On: Norway and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in the UN Security Council, GPS Policy Brief, 4. Oslo: PRIO.