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Mona Juul

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Mona Juul
Juul in 2009
75th President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council
In office
25 July 2019 – 23 July 2020
Preceded byInga Rhonda King
Succeeded byMunir Akram
Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations
In office
14 January 2019 – 1 September 2023
Prime MinisterErna Solberg
Jonas Gahr Støre
Preceded byTore Hattrem
Succeeded byMerete Fjeld Brattested
Ambassador of Norway to the United Kingdom
In office
Prime MinisterErna Solberg
Preceded byKim Traavik
Succeeded byWegger Chr. Strømmen
Personal details
Born (1959-04-10) 10 April 1959 (age 65)
Steinkjer, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway
Political partyLabour
(m. 1988)
EducationUniversity of Oslo (MA)

Mona Juul (born 10 April 1959) is a Norwegian diplomat and former politician for the Labour Party. She worked at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has been an ambassador to several different countries. Juul hails from Sparbu, and was educated in political science. She played a key role facilitating the Oslo Accords in the 1990s. On 25 July 2019, Juul was elected President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council.[1]

Oslo Accords


Along with her husband Terje Rød-Larsen, Juul played a key role in the 1990s Oslo Accords—pivotal agreements on Middle East peace. The secret negotiations, largely arranged and facilitated by Juul and her husband, led to the peace agreement signing on 13 September 1993 in Washington D.C., of the first-ever agreement between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).[2][3][4][5]

Juul and the rest of the Oslo team of facilitators focused on the conflict between Israel and the PLO, knowing that a peace agreement would have to be created by the adversaries themselves and that a group acting as mediator would be vital in making appropriate arrangements for negotiations.

The 2016 Broadway play, Oslo by noted playwright J. T. Rogers, is a widely praised dramatization of the previously unheralded role of Juul and her husband, and others, in developing the back-channel communications that (reportedly) saved the Oslo negotiations from collapsing.[2][3][4][5]

21st century career


During the first cabinet Stoltenberg, from 2000 to 2001, Juul was appointed State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2001 to 2004 she served as the Norwegian ambassador to Israel. From 2005 to 2010 she served as a deputy director and ambassador in the Norwegian delegation to the United Nations in New York City. In 2014, she succeeded Kim Traavik as Ambassador to the United Kingdom.[6]

On 7 September 2018, she was nominated to become the next permanent representative of Norway to the United Nations.[7] She presented her credentials to UN Secretary General António Guterres on 14 January 2019, and assumed office the same day.[8] As permanent representative, she notably spearheaded the successful Norwegian campaign for a seat at the UN Security Council for the 2021–2022 term.[9] In January 2023, Merete Fjeld Brattested was nominated as her successor.[10] Brattested officially took over on 1 September.[11]


  1. ^ "President of ECOSOC". Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  2. ^ a b Brantley, Ben, "Review: A Byzantine Path to Middle East Peace in 'Oslo'," July 11, 2016, New York Times retrieved May 6, 2017
  3. ^ a b Jones, Chris, "'Argo' and the new play 'Oslo' are stories about heroes nobody knows," April 21, 2017, Chicago Tribune retrieved May 6, 2017
  4. ^ a b Rose, Charlie (interviewer), with interviewees diplomat Terje Rød-Larsen, playwright J. T. Rogers, and director Bartlett Sher, with other segments, in Charlie Rose: The Week, May 5, 2017, (Video) as aired May 6, 2017, Public Broadcasting System (PBS), retrieved May 6, 2017
  5. ^ a b Rogers, J.T. (playwright), Theater: "'Oslo' and the Drama in Diplomacy", June 17, 2016, The New York Times retrieved May 6, 2017
  6. ^ "Norway in the United Kingdom". Norgesportalen. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Mona Juul utnevnt til ny FN-ambassadør" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. 7 September 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2023.
  8. ^ "Mona Juul på plass i New York med mål om å få Norge i Sikkerhetsrådet" (in Norwegian). Dagsavisen. 15 January 2019. Retrieved 24 April 2023.
  9. ^ "Norge vil ha et sete ved maktens bord. Mona Juul er kvinnen som skal skaffe det" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. 1 March 2019. Retrieved 29 December 2023.
  10. ^ "Flere nye ambassadører utnevnt" (in Norwegian). Adresseavisen. 27 January 2023. Retrieved 29 December 2023.
  11. ^ "New Permanent Representative of Norway Presents Credentials". UN Press. 1 September 2023. Retrieved 29 December 2023.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by Norwegian Ambassador to Israel
Succeeded by
Preceded by Norwegian Ambassador to the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Preceded by Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations
Succeeded by