Norway’s Former Foreign Minister Receives German Award

Minister shares the prize with former German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The award will be handed out on December 2, 2013. 

– Støre and Steinmeier get the award for the work they have done to develop the foreign relations between Norway and Germany, and then particularly for innovation and development in foreign policy and the High North policy, says Sverre Jervell, general manager of Willy Brandt Foundation in Norway. 

Willy Brandt Foundation presents the award each year to individuals who have made important contributions to the development of German-Norwegian relations, writes the foundation in a statement. 

About Støre

Jonas Gahr Støre is a Norwegian politician representing the Labour Party.Støre worked for Gro Harlem Brundtland as adviser and later director general at the Prime Minister’s Office from 1989 to 1997. He was Executive director at the World Health Organization from 1998 to 2000 and Secretary General of the Norwegian Red Cross from 2003 to 2005.

He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in Stoltenberg’s Second Cabinet from 17 October 2005 to 21 September 2012 when he took over the position of Minister of Health and Care Services, a position he held to the cabinet resigned in October 2013 following a loss for the Red-Green coalition in the 2013 parliamentary election.

On 14 January 2008, a suicide bomber struck the Serena Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, where Støre was staying. Støre was unhurt in the incident, which killed six people including Norwegian journalist Carsten Thomassen. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon stated that Støre was the target of the attack, but this claim was rejected by a Taliban spokesperson. Støre canceled the rest of his visit to Afghanistan the day after the attack. 

Anders Behring Breivik, the perpetrator of the 2011 Norway terrorist attacks, stated that Støre was one of his main targets.

About Willy Brandt

Nobel Peace Prize laurent, Brandt engaged in illegal work against the Nazis, and had to go into exile in Norway in 1933. There he joined the Labor Party, and supported the campaign for a Peace Prize for Ossietzky. When Hitler invaded Norway in 1940, he fled to Sweden where as a journalist he campaigned for a free Norway and a democratic Germany.

After the war, Brandt engaged in the rebuilding of West Germany’s Social Democratic Party (the SPD). He became Mayor of West Berlin, party chairman, and Chancellor.

As federal Chancellor, he also concluded a nonviolence agreement with the Soviet Union and an agreement with Poland which entailed that West Germany accepted the new national boundaries in Eastern Europe that had become effective in 1945. These treaties laid the foundations for the Four Power Agreement on Berlin which made it easier for families from either side of the divided city to visit each other.

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