As a founding member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Norway has been an active participant in NATO since the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty in Washington on the 4th of April 1949.

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Promoting the participation and roles of women in conflict management, in peace processes and in peace building is a strong priority for the Norwegian Government. Support for the implementation of the Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security are part of our efforts to promote gender equality and international peace and security.

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Today’s security challenges are less related than before to traditional military threats. The possibility has increased for terrorist attacks, major environmental and natural catastrophes or major accidents in various sectors of society. The Government will endeavour to pursue a coherent security policy, strengthening the level of civil protection and striking a good balance between military an...

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Our security is best safeguarded through close international cooperation and good relations with all of our neighbouring countries. The Government has made it clear that membership of NATO will continue to be one of the central elements of Norway’s foreign policy, and that it will actively use international organisations to promote peacekeeping, disarmament, arms control and conflict prevention.

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The world is turning its attention towards the North where Norway has key interests to pursue. By investing in knowledge, business development and international cooperation we are strengthening Norway’s position as a responsible actor and partner in the North.

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Peace and reconciliation

Since the early 1990s, Norway has been playing an important role as facilitator in a number of peace and reconciliation processes. Norway’s experience has shown that small countries can also play a constructive role in resolving complex armed conflicts, even without the direct involvement of the UN or the major powers.

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