Ola ElvestuenOla Elvestuen (Norway)

President Ilkka Kanerva appointed Norwegian parliamentarian Ola Elvestuen in October 2015 to serve as the Assembly’s first Special Representative for Arctic Issues.

The position is intended to help focus and strengthen the Assembly’s work on security and co-operation in the Arctic while promoting co-operation between the PA and other international organizations at work in the region.

Elvestuen has been a Member of the Norwegian Parliament and its Delegation to the OSCE PA since 2013. In Parliament he serves as Chair of the Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment.



  • Raise awareness in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly regarding Arctic issues;

  • Promote co-operation on Arctic issues within the OSCE PA among all Delegations, particularly within the Arctic region;

  • Maintain contact with and follow up on the work of the OSCE regarding Arctic issues;

  • Maintain contact with and follow up on the work of other international organizations dealing with and involved in the Arctic region;

  • Monitor the situation in the Arctic region and report to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and to the President on relevant developments.

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