Norway-2010 Commitments


  1. We continue to increase the number of female Norwegian soldiers and officers, both in our standing military forces and our contributions to international operations. The next two commanders of Norway’s national command in Afghanistan will be women.


  1. Recognizing that we also have a way to go, I will now make sure our military operations rest on a gender analysis and adjust our operational demands accordingly. We will strengthen gender education of our armed forces and our police. And we will introduce a new system of reporting on gender and the role of women in field missions, starting in December with the Norwegian led Provincial Reconstruction Team in Maymaneh in Afghanistan.


1.We will contribute experts on gender and gender-based violence to international peacekeeping operations. Last week we deployed such a team of experts from Norway’s national police to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH.


1.Norway will further strengthen our support to the United Nations work to promote and protect gender equality and the empowerment of women. Our proposed allocation for 2011 is more than 30 million US dollars.

Financial |  UN Engagement

  1. And finally, we also act urgently to boost the work of UN Women – and will support their new and welcome strategic partnership with the Department of Political Affairs specifically the project to increase women’s participation in peace processes and improve the gender balance at all levels of mediation. The Norwegian government will immediately provide one million US dollars to this project.

Commitments made October 26, 2010 (see SC Open Debate)


  1. Develop concrete measures to increase the number of women in peace negotiations and ensure a gender perspective in the negotiations, based on our experiences as facilitators in peace processes. 
  2. Support the implementation of National Action Plans, for instance in Nepal, where Norway has supported women’s participation in the peace process.
  3. Build capacities to help accelerate the integration of a gender perspective in military operations. 
  4. Contribute to strengthening the gender perspectives in Security Sector Reform initiatives.


  1. Increase our funding to combat conflict-related sexual violence and provide better medical- responses to the survivors, with a particular focus on the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  2. Continue to earmark funds for the implementation of resolution 1325 in our humanitarian funds and our peace and reconciliation funds. 
  3. Continue to demand that all recipients of all humanitarian-, peace- and transition-funds report on the integration of a gender perspective and the implementation of 1325.


  1. Support and strengthen international efforts to increase the prosecution of perpetrators of sexual violence. 
  2. Increase the number of women in the Military. 
  3. Develop guidelines and training for the Military on the protection of civilians from conflict-related sexual violence.
  4. Increase the number of women in international police operations.

Prior commitments made on September 25, 2010 (see full statement)


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