Policy & Market


Norway makes its chief climate negotiator a minister

Norway’s chief negotiator at the climate talks, Hanne Bjurstrøm, has been appointed a minister in Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s new coalition government. At least until next year.

Bjurstrøm will have a special assignment as minister for the climate negotiations until the Copenhagen summit is finished in December, and lead the Norwegian delegation together with her former boss, and now colleague, Minister of Environment and Development, Erik Solheim.

From January next year, she will serve as Minister for labour market policy – a field far from her current job. Bjurstrøm represents the Labour Party.

Bjurstrøm, who is a lawyer of education, is now a public official and has served as chief negotiator for the international climate negotiations since 2003.

Her appointment as minister was the biggest surprise when Stoltenberg presented the list of ministers in his reshuffled government .

Minister of Oil and Energy, Terje Riis Johansen, continues in his job as does the Minister of Environment and Development, Erik Solheim.