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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.
Energy Is a Top Foreign Policy Kutay Tanir via Getty Images

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 Alamy

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 norway

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
Constitutional Rights -- Poetry or Kutay Tanir via Getty Images

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
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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