"We look forward to taking our seat on the Commission on Population and Development. Our participation in this forum is a natural continuation of our commitment to poverty alleviation, sustainable development and global health, both financially and politically," says Norway's UN Ambassador Morten Wetland.
The election took place on Wednesday April 27 in the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Only the Council's 54 UN members were eligible to vote. Three countries - Malta, Norway and Spain - contested the two seats set aside for the Western and Other States group. After a secret ballot, it became clear that Spain (43 votes) and Norway (36 votes) had been elected. Malta received 29 votes. Representatives from the other regional groups were elected via "clean slate".
Norway has been at the forefront of global efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality by prioritizing actions to realize Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5. By virtue of its experience and expertise, Norway is therefore well positioned to participate actively and constructively to the work of the Commission.
The Nordic countries supported Norway's candidature. Norway and the Nordic countries are among the largest contributors to the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA), and to the UN Development System.