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    UNIS/BIO/892
    25 September 2009

    New Permanent Representative of Norway Presents Credentials

    VIENNA, 25 September (UN Information Service) - The new Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations (Vienna), Jan Petersen, presented his credentials to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), Antonio Maria Costa.

    Mr. Petersen is also serving as Ambassador Designate of Norway to Austria, a post which he assumed this year.

    Mr. Petersen has served in many capacities in the course of his career, among them: Chairman, Standing Committee on Defence, Storting (since 2005), Member, Enlarged Committee on Foreign Affairs, Storting (since 2005), Vice-President, Parliamentary Assembly, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) (since 2005), Deputy Chairman, International Democratic Union (IDU) (since 2005), Member, Storting for Akershus County, Conservative Party (since 1981), Member, Central Executive Committee, Conservative Party (since 1976), Minister of Foreign Affairs (2001-05), Chairman, Conservative Party (1994-2004), Deputy Head, European Economic Area (EEA) Consultative Committee (1994-2001), Alternate Member, Delegation to the Nordic Council (1994-2001), Chairman, Conservative parliamentary group, Storting (1994-2001), First Deputy Head, Delegation for Relations with the European Parliament (1993-2001), Deputy Chairman, Standing Committee on Foreign and Constitutional Affairs, Storting (1989-2001), Deputy Chairman, Enlarged Committee on Foreign and Constitutional Affairs (1989-2001), Head, Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (1989-2001), Deputy Head, Delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly (1991-93), Member, Standing Committee on Foreign and Constitutional Affairs, Storting (1986-89), Member, Enlarged Committee on Foreign and Constitutional Affairs, Storting (1986-89), Chairman, Standing Committee on Foreign and Constitutional Affairs, Storting (1985-86), Chairman, Enlarged Committee on Foreign and Constitutional Affairs, Storting (1985-86), Member, Delegation to the Nordic Council (1984-85), Alternate Member, Delegation to European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and EEA Parliamentary Committees (1984-85), Member, Municipal Neighbourhood Administration Commission (1982-84), Member, Standing Committee on Foreign and Constitutional Affairs, Storting (1981-84), Member, Enlarged Committee on Foreign and Constitutional Affairs, Storting (1981-84), Member, Standing Committee on Local Government and the Environment, Storting (1981-84), Board Member, Norwegian Opera (1983), Deputy Member, Executive Board, Norwegian State Housing Bank (1978-81), Mayor, Oppegård municipality (1975-81), Executive Officer then Higher Executive Officer, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) (1975-78), Member, Oppegård Municipal Executive Board (1971-75), Junior Executive Officer, Consumer Council (1974), Chairman, National Association of Young Conservatives (1971-73) and Member, Oppegård Municipal Council (1967-71).

    Mr. Petersen holds a law degree from the University of Oslo.

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