Vidar Helgesen is a Norwegian diplomat and politician and former Norwegian Minister of EEA and EU affairs. He has a broad international experience, amongst other from being special advisor in Red Cross International, secretary general at International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and secretary of state in the Norwegian Department for foreign affairs. He has recently served as Minister of the Norwegian department of Climate and Environment for 3 years and is now appointed special envoy to the High-level Panel on Building a Sustainable Ocean Economy