Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2002
Ensuring sustainable livelihoods:

challenges for governments, corporates, and civil society at Rio+10
8 - 11 February 2002, New Delhi

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Ambassador Arne Walther
Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo, Norway

Ambassador Arne Walther (born 1946) is Director General and Head of the Department for Trade Policy, Natural Resources and International Environment Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway.

His responsibilities include the WTO and OECD, international energy and fisheries issues, the Polar regions and issues pertaining to sustainable global development as well as international environment affairs.

He also holds the position of Norway’s Ambassador to the International Energy Agency in Paris and is currently serving as Chairman of the Governing Board of the IEA.


Previous positions:

Ambassador to India, Bhutan and Nepal (resident in New Delhi) and ex officio Resident Representative of NORAD, the Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation. During this period in addition Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from 1995-96.

Special Adviser on Energy Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador to the IEA.

(Vice Chairman of the Governing Board of the IEA 1991-94 and Chairman of the IEA’s Committee on non-Member Countries 1992-4. Head of Norway’s Delegation to the negotiations on the European Energy Charter 1991-4).

Special Adviser on International Affairs, Office of Prime Minister Brundtland

Head of Energy Affairs Division, MFA

Board Director and Director for External Affairs, Norsk Agip (affiliate of the Italian state oil company Agip), Oslo

Political Adviser to Minister of Petroleum and Energy Gjerde and later Minister Johanson, both Social Democratic Party.

Senior Executive Officer, Political Department, MFA on secondment to Office of Prime Minister Nordli as Secretary to the Minister for Nordic Affairs

Various positions at Norwegian embassies in London and Moscow and in MFA (entered career foreign service 1972).



  • Fil.kand degree (Political Science and English, University of Stockholm 1968, later extended to Economics, University of Lund)
  • Military Language School (Russian), Oslo 1969-71
  • London School of Economics (Graduate School) 1975-76