Norway

Nuclear-weapon endorser

Did not participate in TPNW negotiations

Has not yet joined TPNW

Norway supports the retention and potential use of nuclear weapons on its behalf, as indicated by its endorsement of various alliance statements of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), of which it is a member.

Norway did not participate in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and did not vote on its adoption. Norway has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

A public opinion poll conducted by Respons Analyse in March 2019 found that 78 per cent of Norwegians believe that their government should sign and ratify the treaty.

In February 2018, the Norwegian parliament asked the Norwegian government to review the consequences of becoming a state party to the treaty. In its report, the government said that Norway could not join the treaty “without coming into conflict with our membership in NATO”.

Several Norwegian cities, including Oslo, have called on the Norwegian government to sign and ratify the treaty. 

Norway voted against a UN General Assembly resolution in 2019 that welcomed the adoption of the treaty and called upon “all states that have not yet done so to sign, ratify, accept, approve, or accede to the treaty at the earliest possible date”.

In 2016, Norway voted against the UN General Assembly resolution that established the formal mandate for states to commence the negotiations in 2017 on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”.

In a “non-paper” sent to NATO members ahead of the vote, the United States “strongly encourage[d]” members, including Norway, to vote against the resolution, “not to merely abstain”. In addition, it said that, if the treaty negotiations do commence, allies and partners should "refrain from joining them”.

In March 2013, the Norwegian government hosted in Oslo the first in a series of major intergovernmental conferences on the “humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons”, which helped pave the way to the treaty negotiations in 2017.

The goal of negotiating a new legal instrument to outlaw nuclear weapons was a key aim of the Norwegian centre–left coalition government from 2010 until its defeat at the parliamentary election in September 2013.

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ICAN Cities Appeal

These are the cities and towns in this country speaking out in support of the TPNW:

Ålesund
Ås
Arendal
Aurksog-Høland
Bamble
Bergen
Bergen
Bodø
Drammen
Eidsvoll
Hammerfest
Horten
Hurdal
Karlsøy
Kristiansund
Kristiansund
Levanger
Lillehammar
Malvik
Mo i Rana
Moss
Oslo
Skien
Sunndal
Tolga
Tromsø
Trondheim
Vega
Voss

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  • Centre Youth

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  • Church of Norway Council on Ecumenical and International Relations 

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  • European Youth of Norway 

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  • Fredsinitiativet  

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  • Green Youth

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  • ICAN Norway 

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  • International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (Norway) 

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  • Juvente

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  • Nature and Youth (Young Friends of the Earth Norway) 

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  • No to Nuclear Weapons

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  • Norwegian Civil Service Union 

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    Norwegian Humanist Association 
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  • Norwegian Peace Association 

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  • Norwegian Peace Council 

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  • Norwegian Pugwash Committee 

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