Dr. Gunnar Stålsett, Bishop Emeritus of Oslo (Church of Norway, 1998-2005), served as moderator of the European Council of Religious Leaders and is an Honorary President of Religions for Peace.
Previously, Stålsett served as general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation (1984-1994) and a member of the World Council of Churches’ Executive Committee. Since 2006 he has served as Special Envoy of Norway to East Timor. Bishop Stålsett also co-chaired the XVI International AIDS Conference and is a member of UNAID’s International Advisory Group for AIDS2031. In addition, Stålsett was a member of the Council of 100 of the World Economic Forum and has spent 17 years as a member of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee. From 1972 to 1973 he was state secretary in the Ministry of Church Affairs, Culture and Education. He also served as a Norwegian parliamentarian from 1977 to 1981.