I come from a country, which has enjoyed progress and prosperity since 1814, the year we signed our Constitution. The tragic exception being the two world wars, the second of which threatened to bring our very civilization to its collapse. The global system of governance, as we know it, is the post-war world model, in particular in the form it took after the end of The Cold War. We can now look back at the system for global governance and cooperation erected during this period, with gratitude. Norway, like so many other parts of the world, has benefitted immensely from the peace, tranquility, trade, and international interaction through multilateral institutions and organizations.