Erna Solberg was born and educated in Bergen: Norway’s ancient maritime capital and gateway to the Atlantic Ocean and America.
Always the Global Citizen she has combined numerous national positions as Minister, Parliamentarian and regional politician with a strong commitment to global solutions for development, growth and conflict resolution.
As Prime Minister, and former Chair of the Norwegian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly she has championed transatlantic values and security.
From 2016 the Prime Minister has co-chaired the UN Secretary General’s Advocacy group for the Sustainable Development goals. Among the goals, she takes a particular interest in access to quality education for all, in particular girls and children in conflict areas.
Solberg has secured significant financial support for the Global Partnership for Education hosted the Global Finance Facility pledging Conference in Oslo earlier in November this year. Her firm belief is that investment in education will accelerate progress on all other SDG goals.
Recently she has assembled a global High-Level Panel on sustainable use and management of the oceans and introduced the topic at the G7 Summit. Her Government supports the World Bank’s PROblue initiative to prevent marine damage.
Solberg has been leader of the Conservative Party of Norway (EPP, IDU) since 2004 and has held the position as Prime Minister since the General Election in 2013. She was re-elected in September 2017.