ONS took this year a new initiative by arranging the first ever ONS Summit, focusing on energy-related geopolitical issues.
ONS invited government ministers from energy nations and top executives from the major energy companies to discuss key global issues.
The ONS Summit was held Monday 27. and Tuesday 28. August.
“These two groups of decision-makers are each in their own way in a position to influence the future of the energy industry. It is unusual that so many of them get to meet and debate together”, says Oddveig Haga, ONS Summit Project Director.
Participants included Ola Borten Moe, Jonas Gahr Støre, Maxime Verhagen, Carl Bildt, Maria van der Hoeven, Elisabeth Dipuo Peters, Joe Oteng-Adjei, Helge Lund, Peter Voser, Ryan Lance and Abdulaziz F. Al-Khayyal.
The ONS 2012 Summit was a sucess. Carl Bildt, minister of foreign affairs of Sweden, participated in the ONS Summit. He wrote about it on his blog. For those of you who understand Swedish, here it is.
New studies released
The ONS keynote theme for the 2012 event was "Confronting Energy Paradoxes". This theme was the focus of the ONS Summit and was debated on the basis of three global challenges.
The ONS Foundation commissioned studies on each of these issues.
- Perspectives on resource development in the Arctic
- BRICS - Energy and the new world order
- The interplay between democracy, politics and energy in the shadow of political upheaval in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region
The study addressing the Arctic has been prepared by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, while that looking into the "BRICS" has been carried out by the Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs (NUPI).The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) has prepared the study on the MENA region.
For questions about the studies, please contact:
Leiv Lunde, FNI,
+ 47 67 11 19 43 / +47 90 65 46 73.
Knut Ørbech-Nilssen, DNV
+47 958 05 035
Vidar Helgesen, IDEA
+46 70 429 37 01
Ulf Sverdrup, NUPI:
+47 934 49 730
“The ONS Summit enables us to further consolidate ONS’ position as the world’s leading energy meeting place”, says Leif Johan Sevland, President and CEO of the ONS Foundation.
“The topics under discussion affect the entire world, and we anticipate that the summit will result in closer collaboration between key global political and corporate leaders", Sevland adds.