Børge Brende (born 1965) gets the Barents cooperation as one of his first tasks when he will hand over the chair of the Barents Council to Finland in Tromsø on October 29th. Brende is familiar with the Barents cooperation from several visits to northwest Russia during his time as Minister of Environment (2001 to 2004) and Minister of Trade and Industry (2004 to 2005).
He visited the Solovki in the White Sea in September 2002 together with representatives of the Norwegian, Russian regional Barents cooperation. In August 2003, Brende visited Pasvik Zapovednik in Pechenga celebrating the 10th anniversary of Svanhovd Environmental Centre working with cross-border eco-research.
“I am very glad to welcome Børge Brende as our new Foreign Minister. He knows the region and he is a true fan of the Barents cooperation,” says Rune Rafaelsen, Secretary General of the Norwegian Barents Secretariat.
Børge Brende knows Norwegian, Russian business cooperation well from his time as Minister of Trade and Industry. Business cooperation is one of the main pillars in Norway’s bi-lateral relations with Russia, including in Murmansk where the Consulate General recently initiated their business strategy “Team Norway.”
In addition to his two former posts as Minister, Børge Brende has also been a member of the Norwegian Parliament for the Conservative Party for more than 10 years. In the period 2003-2004, he was Chairman of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. In 2009, Brende became Secretary General of the Norwegian Red Cross until 2011 when he was appointed Managing Director of the World Economic Forum in Davos with responsibility for the Forum’s policy initiatives and engagement in non-business constituents.
Brende is succeeding Espen Barth Eide as Foreign Minister.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.