Norway spent 34 million kroner on its UN Security Council seat campaign

UN buildingNew York.Photo.UN building : Kyrre Lien / NTB

The campaign to get Norway a seat on the UN Security Council cost taxpayers 34 million kroner.

Norway’s UN campaign in the 2016-2020 period consisted mainly of diplomatic activities vis-à-vis UN countries to promote Norwegian foreign policy and Norway as a partner in the UN.

In a press release, the government stated that the coronavirus pandemic led to changes in the last three months of the election campaign.

Expenditure on travel and attendance at both the foreign office missions and the ministry in 2020 was lower than expected.

Numerous expenses

At the same time, expenses were incurred for conducting digital meetings and events.

The costs of the campaign include travel, representation, training and professional preparation, campaign materials and profiling, salaries for temporary staff and special envoys, and expenses for two study trips and a traveling exhibition.

On June 17, the UN General Assembly elected Norway as a member of the UN Security Council for the 2021-2022 period.

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