Partner spotlight: Norway


A longstanding champion of gender equality, the Government of Norway has been a key supporter of UN Women from its establishment in 2011 to date. While the Government of Norway notes the importance of reliable core funding and prioritizes its commitment to UN Women by ensuring early payment of core funding, it also provides strategic non-core resources. The range of thematic and geographic areas supported by Norway, from strengthening women’s leadership and political participation in southern Africa to measuring climate change impact on women and their livelihoods in Bangladesh, reflects the alignment of Norway’s development priorities with UN Women’s mandate.

Multilateralism is extremely important to Norway and, in June 2019, the government issued a white paper outlining Norway’s role and interests in multilateral cooperation as well as the continued importance of multilateral cooperation to effectively meet global challenges. In this spirit of multilateral cooperation, Norway has led the initiative to establish the Multi-Partner Trust Fund on COVID-19 response and secured a temporary seat in the UN Security Council for 2021–2022. Norway remains an important advocate for the integration of gender equality in UN reform processes and a supporter of UN Women’s work for greater coordination of gender equality in the UN system. 

Norway is UN Women’s second-largest aggregate contributor and continues to be a vital provider of both regular and other resources. Between 2011 and 2019, Norway has provided an aggregate contribution of USD 234.88 million to UN Women. In 2019, Norway was the fourth-largest regular resources contributor with USD 11.7 million and the third-largest total government contributor with USD 31.25 million.

Norway’s support for UN Women’s work on issues such as women’s participation in peace processes and peacebuilding, economic empowerment, and integrating a gender perspective to climate resilience remains vital to support implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This partnership continues to grow and impact the lives of women and girls as we work to ensure no one is left behind.

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Partner quote

Norwegian Minister of International Development, Mr. Dag-Inge Ulstein

“Norway will continue to support UN Women through our own advocacy efforts both in the capital as well as through our presence on the ground.” —Minister of International Development, Mr. Dag-Inge Ulstein