photo: Jo Straume
Member and Interim Credentials, Nominations and Statutes Chair
Kjartan Almenning joined the WFM/IGP Council in 2004 as a representative of the Norwegian member organization Én Verden, and has served on the Executive Committee since 2012, with the first six years as the CNSC Chair.
Kjartan works for the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises, specializing in non-profit organizations and knowledge- and technology-based enterprises. He served as an adviser to the Norwegian Minister of Higher Education and Research and worked as a political adviser to the party leader and other parliamentarians of the Liberal Party in Norway within the fields of education, research, culture, family and justice affairs. He also served as local council member and has held several positions in Norwegian NGOs including the European Movement and the United Nations Association.
Kjartan holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo. He is Norwegian and is based in Oslo. He speaks fluent Norwegian and English and elementary German, as well as, other Nordic languages.
What do you like most about being a member of WFM/IGP’s Board?
“I am honored and privileged to serve as a board member of a foreseeing and visionary organization that is ahead of its time, working for a functional and democratic world order, discussing and more than probably laying the premises of the structures that our world society undoubtedly will rely on in a – distant or near – future.”
Why are you a world federalist?
“Global challenges need global answers, and those answers need to be deliberately discussed and ultimately decided within democratic structures, not between the militarily or economically strongest nations. The rule of law, human rights, security, climate and environmental challenges, global health challenges, various technology advances that may both threaten and advance humankind, and a fair economic system that promotes universal prosperity – all of these issues demand global leadership. Federalism is the only framework in which our common challenges can be addressed while still ensuring a rule of the people and trust in government.”
What is the future you are working towards?
“While I prefer Star Wars films, I strongly prefer Star Trek government. Joke to the side, I work towards a global community based on knowledge and respect for differences, because that is the only way we will be able to coexist despite differences in culture, religion, ideology and economic background.”