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Mona Elisabeth Brother

Norwegian Ambassador to Canada; specialized in global initiatives, communications and public diplomacy; previous Ambassador to Chile and Venezuela.

MONA E. BRØTHER has degrees in Spanish, History and Political Science. She joined the Norwegian Foreign Service in 1979 and has held a number of distinguished positions. Her first posting was in Caracas, Venezuela from 1981-84. She served as Ambassador to Chile (2000-2005) and Ambassador to Venezuela (2008-2009). Her main area of work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been within public diplomacy and cultural promotion, but she has also been involved in the Norwegian Agenda on Sustainable Development from the Brundtland report in 1987 through to its anniversary in 2007. Between 1998-2000, she was the Head of Section for Sustainable Development of the MFA. She was also the Project Coordinator for the Global Initiative on Legal Empowerment of the Poor that was led by Madeleine Albright and Hernando de Soto, a contribution to innovative thinking within the development agenda and that delivered its report to the Secretary General of the UN in 2008. Since 2009 she has been the Deputy Director General of the Department for Cultural Promotion, Public Diplomacy and Protocol in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was nominated as the Norwegian Ambassador to Canada in April 2012.
Norway & Canada: An Important And Long-Standing Economic

Norway & Canada: An Important And Long-Standing Economic Relationship

Norway and Canada have a strong trade and investment relationship built on complementary resource endowments, similar levels of development, and shared interests and values. Norway's investment in Canada supports Canadian GDP and jobs, and Norwegian investments supply Canada's economy with much-needed capital.
01/14/2016 05:20 EST
Are We on Track for Our Global Education

Are We on Track for Our Global Education Goals?

The fast approaching deadline for the Millennium Development Goals is a reminder of vital commitments by all the global society on priorities vital for development. On July 6-7 2015, Norway hosted a global summit on education for development and attempted to do precisely this.
08/27/2015 08:36 EDT
Energy Is a Top Foreign Policy

Energy Is a Top Foreign Policy Priority

History shows how energy and foreign policy issues have been closely intertwined. There is little doubt that this relationship will continue to strengthen in line with increased instability in the international political system. I do not need to say more than Ukraine/Russia and the Middle East to underline this point. For Norway, energy diplomacy is higher than ever on the priority scale. This recognizes that to understand and act in a rapidly changing energy world, there is a need to understand how market and foreign policy factors interact.
08/12/2015 08:19 EDT
Managing the Arctic: Moving North Towards the Ice

Managing the Arctic: Moving North Towards the Ice Edge

Oil and gas exploration-driven advancement towards the High North and the ice brink is disputed in Norway, as elsewhere. When examining factors such as oil prices and the northern harsh conditions, rapid industrial development in the Norwegian Barents Sea is not a given.
06/03/2015 05:18 EDT
Canada and Norway: An Alliance to Be

Canada and Norway: An Alliance to Be Remembered

To celebrate the ideas of the constitution made more 200 years back might seem irrelevant and outdated. However, for Norwegians everywhere May 17 is a reminder of freedom fight, of identity, and of gratefulness for shared values. In Canada, we find a close ally that share these ideas.
05/14/2015 06:02 EDT
The Norwegian Government Pension Fund -- A Success

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund -- A Success Story

According to the Oil & Gas Journal (OGJ), Norway had 5.83 billion barrels of proven crude oil reserves as of January 1, 2014, the largest oil reserves in Western Europe. The enormous income to the state from the industry made it possible to create a global pension fund that now owns more than one per cent of global share value.
01/19/2015 05:18 EST
Constitutional Rights -- Poetry or

Constitutional Rights -- Poetry or Practice?

A celebration of our history brings us to reflect on the present. There are certain questions we must ask ourselves. What challenges do Norway, Canada, and other like-minded countries face in our efforts, for example, to promote democracy, protect, and live in an inclusive society with equal rights and non-discriminatory practices? What is our role in the global picture?
12/09/2014 12:22 EST
Ocean Acidification: A Common Cause and a Common Concern for Norway and

Ocean Acidification: A Common Cause and a Common Concern for Norway and Canada

The only way to fight ocean acidification is through a reduction in the global level of CO2 emissions. It is vital for Norway and other key players that the climate summit in Paris next year is successful. Norway is committed to the process and to achieving an ambitious outcome as we work towards the two-degree target and a low carbon society.
09/23/2014 12:40 EDT
What Can the Arctic Governments Do About Climate

What Can the Arctic Governments Do About Climate Change?

The Arctic is one of the places where climate change is most rapid and easy to observe. As it is also very sparsely populated, it is easy to think that, similar to the small island states in the Pacific, the Arctic peoples have to pay a big price for developments elsewhere.
09/13/2014 10:56 EDT
Cooperation Between Arctic Stakeholders Is Crucial To the Climate Change

Cooperation Between Arctic Stakeholders Is Crucial To the Climate Change Problem

Cooperation between Arctic stakeholders is crucial for each country's success in dealing with climate change. We are in a new era of sustainable development as the Arctic presents us with major opportunities and major responsibilities. Cooperation is the only tool to ensure ethical, social, and ecological sustainable development.
06/26/2014 12:50 EDT
Norway Celebrates 200 Years of

Norway Celebrates 200 Years of Democracy

In Norway, 1814 is known by many as "The Year of Miracles" because of the huge national and political changes that suddenly and rapidly took place that year. 1814 is the starting point for modern Norwegian democracy. It had both a national and a democratic element: independence for the state of Norway and liberty for Norwegian citizens
05/15/2014 04:57 EDT