Former prime minister of Norway
Area of Expertise: Civil Society, Law and Human Rights, Politics and Governance, Religion
Geographical Expertise - Region: Europe, North Africa and Middle East
Languages: Danish, English, French, Norwegian
Field of Work: Activist/Humanitarian, Government, Politics, Religious Leader
Kjell Magne Bondevik is the former prime minister of Norway and the founder and president of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights.
A native of Molde, Norway, Mr. Bondevik played a leading role in Norwegian politics over the course of several decades. He served as Prime Minister of Norway from 1997 – 2000 and from 2001 – 2005, and also previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs (1989-1990), Minister of Church and Education (1983-1986), and State Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister (1972-1973). Mr. Bondevik was also a member of the Stortinget, the Norwegian parliament, from 1973 – 2005 representing the Christian Democratic Party. He was a deputy member from 1969-1973 and the party’s Parliamentary Leader from 1981-1983, 1986-1989, 1993-1997, and 2000-2001. He was also the leader of the Christian Democratic Party 1983-1995.
Mr. Bondevik has been deeply involved in promoting international human rights action for many years now. A highlight of Mr. Bondevik’s career with regards to human rights is his founding of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, of which he is currently the president. Mr. Bondevik’s activism in the human rights arena also expands to the United Nations, with his service as the UN Secretary General’s Special Humanitarian Envoy for the Horn of Africa from February 2006 to June 2007. The need for this envoy arose in light of recurring drought and food instability in the region that threatened humanitarian crisis and a threat to international peace and security.
Mr. Bondevik also has unique theological experience, providing him with a unique perspective regarding human rights and government work. He is currently a Theological Candidate from Norway’s Free Faculty of Theology and was ordained as a priest in the Lutheran Church of Norway in 1979.
Mr. Bondevik holds many distinguished honors and degrees. He is currently the bearer of the Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav, the Grand Cross of Latvia’s Terra Mariana Order, the Grand Cross of Italia’s Order of Merit, the Grand Cross of Portugal’s Order of Merit, and the Grand Cross of Guatemala’s Order of the Quetzal. Mr. Bondevik also has a number of honorary degrees, including an Honorary Doctor of Law from Suffolk University in Boston, USA, an Honorary Doctor of Politics from Wonkwang University in Seoul, Republic of Korea, an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy from Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and is an Honorary Professor at the Gumiljov University in Astana, Kazakhstan.
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