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Ambassador to the UN and other international organisations

Hans Brattskar, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva.

Hans Brattskar is Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva.

Brattskar was Special Adviser at the Department for United Nations and Humanitarian Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway from 2015-16. He was also Special Advisor on Forests, Sustainable Development and Indigenous & Local Communities’ Issues at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

He has been a Visiting Practitioner at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Non Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for International Cooperation at New York University.

Brattskar was State Secretary (Deputy Minister) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from October 2013 to August 2015. He has served as Ambassador to Kenya (and Somalia) and Permanent Representative to the UN organizations based in Nairobi.

From 2011-13 he was Director General and Special Envoy for Climate Change at the Ministry of the Environment and served as the first Director of the Government of Norway’s Climate and Forest Initiative from 2008-11.

Brattskar has been Ambassador and Special Adviser for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Operations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chief Negotiator for the Peace Process between the Government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front.

For more than four years he was Norway’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka and prior to that served as Minister Counselor and Head of the Political Section at the Norwegian Mission to the United Nations in New York. Brattskar was also Coordinator in New York during Norway’s last term on the Security Council (2001-2002).

He was Director of the Secretariat of the Minister for International Development (Chief of Staff) for five years and has served at Norway’s Embassies in Washington, D.C. and Malaysia.

Brattskar has been a Governor of the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, the Inter- American Development Bank and a Deputy Governor of the World Bank.

He worked as Ass. Professor of Economics and Management and Department at Ostfold University College in Norway before joining the Foreign Service.

Brattskar holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Claremont Graduate University in California, USA.

Date of birth: July 1, 1956


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