On behalf of UWC Red Cross Nordic, congratulations to Sven Mollekleiv on the receipt of the award of the Order of St Olaf from His Majesty The King for his commitment to humanitarian action – an outstanding achievement.
Sven has had a long association with UWC RCN. He was Secretary General of the Norwegian Red Cross from 1991 to 2001 and was part of the team responsible for the founding of a Nordic College in the fjords as part of the United World College movement. Sven was invited to take up the position as President of the Norwegian Red Cross in 2008 and currently holds many posts on committees, ranging from Amnesty International Norway to the ICRC’s Special Fund for the Disabled. He visited the College in the spring of 2014 and delivered a superb Constitution Lecture on the value of volunteering and focus on participation. The talk stressed the importance of voluntary work – in times of crisis, for a general preparedness in society and as key ingredient in democracy building.