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date: 05 December 2019

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In 2006 Norway became the second country in the world to adopt a national action plan on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Yet, Norway’s role as norm entrepreneur on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) dates back to the mid-1990s and efforts at mainstreaming gender in UN peacekeeping policy and planning. Over the past decades Norway has provided considerable financial support to the UN system and civil society organizations involved in implementing the WPS agenda. Internationally Norway is often perceived as an altruistic actor when it comes to promoting normative agendas such as WPS. As this chapter demonstrates, however, by exercising normative power in the WPS issues area, Norway has been able to reinforce its standing in the international community of states and has been given a platform for addressing more pressing issues of national interest.

Keywords: Norm Entrepreneur, UN peacekeeping, national interest, normative agenda

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