Brende, Solberg and Sundtoft in front of UN building. Photo: Veslemøy Lothe Salvesen, Norway MFA.
Norway at the 69th UN General Assembly
World leaders descend on New York for high-level meetings at the United Nations from September 22-26th. During the week a great number of topics will be tackled, such as human rights, poverty reduction, climate change and gender equality, all of which are key priorities for Norway.
Prime Minister Erna Solberg heads the Norwegian delegation to the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly, which also includes Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende and Minister of Climate and Environment Tine Sundtoft. Members of parliament are also part of the official Norwegian delegation.
The High-level Week of the UN General Assembly is often called the world’s most important meeting place, and with good reason. Government ministers and state secretaries, parliamentarians and civil society representatives meet their counterparts in countless bilateral and multilateral meetings.
Norway plays a key role as organizer of several key meetings, including the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee for Assistance to the Palestinians (AHLC) on Monday September 22. That meeting will be hosted by Foreign Minister Børge Brende, chair of the AHLC, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will make introductory remarks.
On Thursday September 25th, Prime Minister Solberg will chair a meeting to promote implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on 25 September. The eight MDGs range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education. A number of high-profile events between 22 and 26 September will focus on the work to develop a set of post-2015 global sustainable development goals.