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Vidar Helgesen appointed Norway’s new Minister for Climate and Environment

In a cabinet reshuffle this week, Mr. Vidar Helgesen replaced Ms. Tine Sundtoft as Norway’s Minister of Climate and Environment. Mr. Helgesen will now assume responsibility for the Indonesia-Norway bilateral cooperation on climate and forest.

Vidar Helgesen, already a cabinet Minister representing the Conservative Party (Høyre) since October 2013, arrives at the Ministry of Climate and Environment from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Office of the Prime Minister, where he simultaneously held positions as minister of EEA and EU Affairs and Chief of Staff respectively.

Helgesen was state secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2001-2005, under Kjell Magne Bondevik's Second Government.

Helgesen was a special adviser at the International Red Cross in Geneva 1998–2001. He was secretary-general of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), in Stockholm from 2006 until he started as minister in 2013.

Vidar Helgesen was born in Bodø in the County of Nordland on 21 November 1968, and grew up at Nøtterøy in the County of Vestfold. Helgesen holds the Cand. Jur. Degree from the University of Oslo in 1998.

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