Jonas Gahr Støre

Foreign Minister of Norway
Jonas Gahr Støre is the Norwegian Foreign Minister, charged with working for Norway's interests internationally.

Why you should listen

Norway sits on the edge of the strategically important North Atlantic and is blessed with oil, gas and marine resources. Its economy is open and busy, its social programs generous. As Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre's job is to represent Norway in the international community and work to preserve the nation's peace and stability -- and to help create a modern multicultural society that welcomes immigrants and new traditions. This is not an abstract question after the shocking violence of 2011's terrorist attack on Norway.

Støre's approach to this task: We must talk.

He is a former executive director at the World Health Organization, and was also the Executive Chairman of the Norwegian think-tank ECON Analyse. Before becoming Foreign Minister he served as Secretary General of the Norwegian Red Cross from 2003 to 2005.

 

Jonas Gahr Støre’s TED talks

Quotes from Jonas Gahr Støre

[In modern diplomacy] you don’t have to be neutral to talk. You don’t have to agree when you sit down with the other side, and you can always walk; but if you don’t talk, you can’t engage the other side.
Jonas Gahr Støre
TEDxRC2 • 245K views Jan 2012
Persuasive, Inspiring