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Børge Brende
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"Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
16 October 2013 – 20 October 2017
Prime Minister "Erna Solberg
Preceded by "Espen Barth Eide
Succeeded by "Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide
"Minister of Trade and Industry
In office
18 June 2004 – 17 October 2005
Prime Minister "Kjell Magne Bondevik
Preceded by "Grete Knudsen
Succeeded by "Odd Eriksen
"Minister of the Environment
In office
19 October 2001 – 18 June 2004
Prime Minister "Kjell Magne Bondevik
Preceded by "Siri Bjerke
Succeeded by "Knut Arild Hareide
Member of the "Norwegian Parliament
In office
15 September 1997 – 14 September 2009
Constituency "Sør-Trøndelag
Personal details
Born (1965-09-25) 25 September 1965 (age 52)
"Odda, "Norway
Political party "Conservative
Spouse(s) Ine Brende
Children 2
"Alma mater "Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Børge Brende (born 25 September 1965) is a former "Norwegian politician and diplomat from the "Conservative Party. He is currently the President of the "World Economic Forum. He has previously served as "Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2013 to 2017, as Minister of the Environment from 2001 to 2004 and as Minister of Trade and Industry from 2004 to 2005. He was a member of the Norwegian parliament: "Storting 1997–2009.



Brende served as chairman of the "United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development from 2003 to 2004. In 2005, he took up the appointment of international vice chairman of the China Council for the International Cooperation on Environment and Development (advisory board to the State Council).

In 2006, Brende was one of the candidates shortlisted to succeed "Klaus Töpfer as Executive Director of the "United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), alongside "Achim Steiner of "Germany and "Rajendra K. Pachauri of "India;[1] the post eventually went to Steiner.

In January 2008, Brende joined the "World Economic Forum as managing director, particularly in charge of relations with governments and civil society. In 2009, Brende joined the Norwegian "Red Cross as "Secretary General.[2] He re-joined the "World Economic Forum in 2011 as "Managing Director with responsibility for policy initiatives and engagement of the Forum's non-business constituents.[3]

Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2013–2017[edit]

In October 2014, Brende – in his capacity as Chairman of the Ad-Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) – co-hosted the Cairo Conference on Palestine, an international donor conference on reconstructing the "Gaza Strip, which garnered $5.4 billion in pledges.[4]

In 2015, Brende negotiated an interim agreement between Norway and the other coastal states in the Arctic – "Canada, "Denmark (on behalf of its territory of "Greenland), "Russia and the "United States – on prohibiting "commercial fishing in the increasingly ice-free "international waters of the Arctic.[5]

In January 2016, Brende was appointed by "United Nations Secretary-General "Ban Ki-moon to the High-level Advisory Group for Every Woman Every Child.[6]

World Economic Forum[edit]

On 15 September 2017 it was announced that Brende will be the president of the World Economic Forum from mid October 2017.[7]

Other activities[edit]


Personal life[edit]

Brende is married and has two sons.[12][13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
"Siri Bjerke
"Minister of the Environment
Succeeded by
"Knut Arild Hareide
Preceded by
"Ansgar Gabrielsen
"Minister of Trade and Industry
Succeeded by
"Odd Eriksen
Preceded by
"Espen Barth Eide
"Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
"Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Trygve Nordby
Secretary General of the "Norwegian Red Cross
Succeeded by
"Åsne Havnelid
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