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Jan Egeland

Jan Egeland is director of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and a professor at the University of Stavanger. He is currently the secretary-general of the Norwegian Refugee Council. Apart from his former position as United Nations Under secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Egeland is also the former Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Colombia and the former Special Advisor to the U.N. Secretary General for Conflict Prevention and Resolution. He was also a co-organizer for the Norwegian channel between Israel and the PLO which led to the Oslo Accords. Egeland’s efforts are focused on aiding displaced persons and those affected by natural disasters, as well as raising awareness about issues such as gender mainstreaming, sexual exploitation, and violence. In 2012, the Norwegian comedy duo, Ylvis, produce an extremely popular tribute music video about Egeland called “Jan Egeland.” The video, which has been viewed over 15 million times, celebrates Egeland as a “peacekeeping machine.” Today, the international media frequently seeks his opinion on the current state of the global refugee crisis. Egeland has “called for more investment in diplomacy and peacemaking, and more help for refugees trying to return to their homes or integrate into new societies …” (Reuters, June 2017).

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