New Special Envoy to the GRP-NDFP Peace Process

Royal Norwegian Embassy in Manila

The Norwegian diplomat Idun Tvedt is appointed as the new special envoy to the peace process between the Government of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). She replaces Elisabeth Slåttum, who just ended her three-year term as special envoy. Tvedt is visiting Manila this week in her capacity as the new facilitator.

A lawyer by education, Tvedt has made a career in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the areas of human rights and peace. In the past few years, she worked at the Norwegian Embassy in Bogota where she was a member of the facilitation team responsible for the peace process between the Colombian government and the FARC. Tvedt is based in Oslo with her husband and two children.

“As I am sad to see Elisabeth Slåttum go, the appointment of Idun Tvedt is a great encouragement for us. She has a high standing in the Norwegian Foreign Service and her knowledge and experience in peace and reconciliation matters are truly impressive. The team here at the Embassy looks forward to working with her and the parties towards a peaceful solution in the conflict between the GRP and the NDFP,” says Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines Erik Førner.

The armed conflict between the Philippine government and the communist movement’s armed wing has lasted for almost 50 years. Norway has been a facilitator of the peace process since 2001.