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

Mona Juul
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Mona Juul (2009)
75th President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council
Assumed office
25 July 2019
Preceded byInga Rhonda King
Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations
Assumed office
14 January 2019
Preceded byTore Hattrem
Ambassador of Norway to the United Kingdom
In office
Preceded byKim Traavik
Succeeded byWegger Christian Strømmen
Personal details
Born (1959-04-10) 10 April 1959 (age 60)
Steinkjer, Trøndelag
Political partyLabour Party
Spouse(s)Terje Rød-Larsen
EducationUniversity of Oslo (MA)
ProfessionDiplomat and politician

Oslo AccordsEdit

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 September 13, 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 careerEdit

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. Since 2005 she serves as deputy director and ambassador in the Norwegian delegation to the United Nations in New York City. On September 1, 2014 she succeeded Kim Traavik as Ambassador to the United Kingdom.[6]


  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.

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