Norway names new envoy to PH-NDF peace process
MANILA, Philippines – Norway announced on Tuesday, October 24, that it has named Norwegian diplomat Idun Tvedt as its new special envoy to the peace process between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF).
Tvedt replaces Elisabeth Slåttum, who recently ended her 3-year term as special envoy, according to a news release from the Norwegian embassy.
"As I am sad to see Elisabeth Slåttum go, the appointment of Idun Tvedt is a great encouragement for us," Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines Erik Førner said.
"She has a high standing in the Norwegian Foreign Service, and her knowledge and experience in peace and reconciliation matters are truly impressive," Førner added.
The Norwegian ambassador said the embassy "looks forward to working" with Tvedt, as well as the parties involved, "toward a peaceful solution in the conflict" between the Philippine government and the NDF.
Tvedt is a lawyer by training who "has made a career in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the areas of human rights and peace."
The new Norwegian special envoy "is based in Oslo with her husband and two children."
Philippines welcomes Tvedt
In a statement, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza said the Philippine government welcomes Tvedt as Norway's special envoy to the peace process.
Dureza pointed out that Tvedt "helped in the successful Colombian peace process" that resulted in a peace agreement.
"We welcome Ambassador Idun as we express gratitude to the Royal Norwegian Government for keeping faith with us in our aspiration for a principled, just, and sustainable peace in the land," Dureza said.
Tvedt takes her post as President Rodrigo Duterte sends mixed signals on the peace talks.
In October, Duterte accused communists or the "Reds" of conniving with the "Yellows" from the Liberal Party to kick him out of office. – Rappler.com
In these changing times, courage and clarity become even more important.
Take discussions to the next level with Rappler PLUS — your platform for deeper insights, closer collaboration, and meaningful action.
Sign up today and access exclusive content, events, and workshops curated especially for those who crave clarity and collaboration in an intelligent, action-oriented community.
As an added bonus, we’re also giving a free 1-year Booky Prime membership for the next 200 subscribers.
You can also support Rappler without a PLUS membership. Help us stay free and independent by making a donation: https://www.rappler.com/crowdfunding. Every contribution counts.