The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Address: 7. Juniplassen 1, N-0032 Oslo, Norway
Phone: + 47 23 95 00 00
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
As Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister Brende is responsible for Norwegian foreign policy, the promotion of Norway’s interests internationally and the work of the Foreign Service, which includes more than 100 embassies, permanent missions and delegations, and consulates general.
Brende’s work experience includes Managing Director of the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Secretary General at the Norwegian Red Cross, Member of the China Council for International Environment and Development (advisory body to the State Council), and Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment. Brende has also served as Minister of Trade and Industry, Minister of the Environment and he was Chair for UN Commission on Sustainable Development.
He has been awarded with several medals and awards such as Commander of the Order of St Olav, Knight Grand Cross, Italy, Grand Cross of the Order of the Phoenix, Greece and many more.
The main task of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to secure and promote Norway’s interests internationally. Norway’s interests are determined by such factors as its geographical location in a strategically important area, it's open economy, its position as a coastal state and steward of substantial marine resources, and its extensive exports of oil and gas.
The essential task of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to work for Norway’s interests internationally: to safeguard the country’s freedom, security and prosperity. Norway’s interests are determined by such factors as its geographical location in a strategically important area, its open economy, its position as a coastal state and steward of substantial marine resources, and its extensive exports of oil and gas.
The best way to promote Norway’s interests is to cooperate with like-minded countries. This also means that the Foreign Service must handle conflicts of interest with other countries in a manner that is to Norway’s advantage, while seeking to avoid disputes.
The Ministry also works to promote peace and security, an international legal system, an economically just world order and sustainable development. Finding a solution to issues of this kind is in Norway’s interests too, while at the same time efforts in these areas are an expression of international solidarity.