– The toughest thing is to find out the chaos, says former minister – NRK Norway – Overview of news from different parts of the country

The Minister will make his debut on the international stage during the UN’s major climate conference. In addition to Espen Barth Eide, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre will also attend, as Erna Solberg did in 2019.

The new minister has two weeks to get ready. There is a lot to get acquainted with.

Eide has been our energy and environmental policy spokesperson for the Labor Party for four years, and also has our Foreign Minister. But in his role as responsible minister for climate and environment, he is new.

– Into a bubble

Tine Sundtoft was new in the same role eight years ago. The former Minister of Climate and Environment has the following advice for the debutant:

– You go into a bubble that lasts for several days, so it is important to think through practical things that must be handled, so that you are not stressed by it. Pack a large suitcase with clothes that fit together, because you do not have time to think about what to wear. Bring shoe polish, make sure you have good shoes, because you walk a lot, she says.

It is also important to ensure a respite between strokes.

– Go to the delegation room every now and then and sit down – I hope they have a good “sack” – because this is extremely demanding with a lot of people and a lot of noise.

Tine Sundtoft cheers after the Paris Agreement was in place in 2015. Soon a new minister will front the Norwegian climate effort internationally, this time in Glasgow.

Photo: Roald, Berit / NTB scanpix

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– Find out from the chaos

Glasgow Climate Summit, COP26, will be an “anthill” with up to 25,000 participants from nearly 200 countries. Around 100 heads of state and government are waiting for the opening.

Alok Sharma, president COP 26

The head of COP26, Alok Sharma, may soon welcome a new Norwegian minister.

Photo: POOL / Reuters / NTB Scanpix

The aim is first and foremost to get the countries to commit to more comprehensive cuts in their greenhouse gas emissions, to help the poor countries financially and to put in place the last pieces of the regulations for the Paris Agreement.

– The toughest thing is to find out the chaos, what is most important, work thoroughly through the meeting program, be well prepared, she says, and add that the support from the negotiator and the rest of a very competent delegation is crucial.

Tine Sundtoft, former Minister of Climate and Environment

Former Minister of Climate and Environment Tine Sundtoft at home in Lillesand. Now she is out of politics, and works as county council director in Agder.

Photo: Eivind Molde / NRK

– Must have a clear strategy

Former Minister of the Environment and Development Erik Solheim has many long days and nights behind him at the climate summit.

Erik Solheim i Cancun

Erik Solheim in focus during the climate summit in Cancun in 2010, the year after the Copenhagen summit.

Photo: Kristin Granbo / NRK

– For a new minister, this is a big challenge. It is a hotbed of activists, politicians, business leaders and lobbyists. And if you do not have a clear Norwegian message to convey, then no one has bothered to listen to you.

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– What is the Minister’s most important role?

– It is to have a clear political focus on what Norway wants to achieve in Glasgow. For everyone else has their special interests to work for.

– Do people care about little Norway?

– People are interested in Norway when we have something to deliver, otherwise not. Then we are just one of 200 countries in the world. Norway is a very small country, we have a per mille of emissions in the world, we are a small part of the world economy. So without a clear strategy, you fall completely dead to the ground in the climate negotiations, says Solheim.

Erik Solheim, former Minister of the Environment and Development

Erik Solheim, Minister of the Environment and Development for many years.

Photo: Eivind Molde / NRK

– Challenge both the UN and the government

Sofie Nordvik was a youth representative in the official delegation two years ago. She has seen the Minister’s challenges up close.

– The Minister must have the courage and will to create change, and the will to challenge both the UN system and the government at home. Because the two things must be right together, she says.

She does not hide the fact that international climate negotiations are complicated issues.

– As a minister in Glasgow, one must delve into thousands of details, listen to both bureaucrats and political opponents and friends, and listen to civil society to find good solutions. One must have both willpower and the ability to act politically, and be good at listening, says Nordvik.

Youth delegate Sofie Nordvik together with Minister of Climate and Environment Ola Elvestuen during the climate summit in Madrid in 2019.

Youth delegate Sofie Nordvik together with Minister of Climate and Environment Ola Elvestuen during the climate summit in Madrid in 2019. For the first time, a youth representative was allowed to deliver the Norwegian speech.

Photo: FN

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Build networks

Both of the two former ministers emphasize how important it is to make personal contacts at a climate summit.

– I myself had our minister for a few weeks before I was at the climate summit in Warsaw, says Tine Sundtoft.

– I had lots of individual meetings with ministers there. Then I got to know people, and built on it until the meeting in Lima the following year. Between Lima and Paris I had 450 hours of international meetings. I emphasized being present, building relationships.

UN Climate Change Director Christiania Figueres and Climate and Environment Minister Tine Sundtoft

The personal contacts you get during a climate summit are very important, both during and between the meeting, says Tine Sundtoft (right). Here she is on a boat trip with the then climate manager at the UN, Christiana Figueres in connection with a meeting in Ny-Ålesund on Svalbard in 2014.

Photo: Eivind Molde / NRK

– Can affect

Erik Solheim calls the climate summit a fantastic “marketplace” for ideas, exchange of opinions and networking.

– If you manage to get really good personal contacts, people who are interested in you, who think you have something to contribute, then it can be very valuable for the time afterwards. If you know politicians and business leaders from all over the world, you have a completely different ability to take political initiatives.

– Does a Norwegian minister have real power to influence what happens?

– Knowing what you want has a big impact. If you have no idea what you want, then you will be a ship that will only be driven around by the waves in Glasgow.

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