Important Norwegians in UN history

Norwegian lawyer and politician Trygve Lie was the United Nations first Secretary General from 1946 to 1953. Read more about his life and legacy, and learn about some of the policies he inspired. Norwegian teacher Frieda Dalen was the first woman to ever address the General Assembly.

Trygve Lie with his grandson at the UN. 
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Norwegian lawyer and politician Trygve Lie was the United Nations first Secretary General. He held the post for seven years, from 1946 to 1953, and famously described it as "the most difficult job in the world". In the aftermath of the Second World War and at the onset of the Cold War, Lie sought to make his office a “source for peace”. Read more

The Annual Trygve Lie Symposium on Fundamental Freedoms seeks to explore ways in which the international community can strengthen its promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. The Symposium is held each September during the High-level Debate of the United Nations General Assembly. Read more

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Frieda Dalen was born in Skedsmo, Norway, on December 13, 1895. She was a Norwegian teacher and organizational leader. During the occupation of Norway in the Second World War by Nazi Germany, she played a leading role in the teachers' civil resistance, representing teachers in the Coordination Committee of the Norwegian resistance movement. Where see had an active role in planning for Norway’s... Read more

Wilhelm Munthe Morgenstierne signing the United Nations Charter on behalf of Norway on 26 June 1945. 
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On 26 June 1945, Wilhelm Munthe Morgenstierne signed the United Nations Charter on behalf of Norway, contributing to the foundation of the United Nations. Read more

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The Trygve Lie Youth Challenge is an annual creative and educational competition named after the Norwegian politician and lawyer that became the UNs first Secretary-General. The competition is a...