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    UNIS/BIO/655
    4 November 2002

    NEW PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF NORWAY
    PRESENTS CREDENTIALS


    VIENNA, 4 November (UN Information Service) -- The new Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations (Vienna), Arne Roy Walther, has presented his credentials today to Antonio Maria Costa, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).

    Mr. Walther is also his country’s Ambassador to Austria and Permanent Representative to other international organizations in Vienna concurrently.

    Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Walther served as Director-General and Head of the Department for Trade Policy, Natural Resources and Environment in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Norway’s Ambassador to the International Energy Agency in Paris (1999-2002). From 1995-1999 he was Ambassador to India, Bhutan and Nepal and ex officio Resident Representative of the Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation (NORAD) and from 1995-1996 he also served as Ambassador to Sri Lank and Bangladesh.

    Mr. Walther joined his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1972 and served in various positions in his country’s embassies in London and Moscow. From 1977-1979 he was Senior Executive Officer in the Political Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on secondment to the Office of Prime Minister Nordli as Secretary to the Minister for Nordic Affairs. He held the post of Political Adviser to the Minister of Petroleum and Energy from 1980-1981 and then was Board Director and Director for External Affairs for Norsk Agip, an affiliate of the Italian state oil company Agip in Oslo. He rejoined the Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1985 as Head of Energy Affairs and from 1987-1989 he served as Special Adviser on International Affairs to the Prime Minister. From 1989-1994 he was Special Adviser on Energy Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador to the International Energy Agency.

    Born in 1946, Mr. Walther studied Political Science and English at the University of Stockholm, later Economics at the University of Lund and also studied Russian at the Military Language School in Oslo and attended the London School of Economics.

    He is married.

     

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