Tom Vraalsen

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Tom Eric Vraalsen (born 26 January 1936) was Norwegian Minister of International Developmentin 1989, and Minister of Foreign Affairs (development affairs) in 1990, as well as Minister of Nordic Cooperation 1989–1990. He received a master's degree in economics from the University of Århus, Denmark, before joining the Norwegian Foreign Service in 1960. He was the Norwegian Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1994 to 1996, to the United States of America from 1996 to 2001 and to Finland from 2001 to 2003.[1] He received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Augustana College Commencement in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on May 21, 2000.[2]

Vraalsen was also the Permanent Representative & Ambassador of Norway to the United Nations from 1982 to 1989. From 1998 to 2004, He held the position of the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Humanitarian affairs for the Sudan. He is the author of numerous papers an articles on African socio-economic development issues and on conflict prevention and resolution, including two books on the UN, The UN - Dream and Reality (1984) and UN in Focus (1975), which he co-authored with .

He is currently chairman of Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research under the Norwegian Chairmanship, which will last until March 2010.[3]

He is married and has five children.


  1. ^ "Vraalsen, Tom Eric ( 1936- )" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Honorary degree to Ambassador Vraalsen
  3. ^ 'Norwegian Chairmanship of the Holocaust Task Force', [1]

External links[edit]

  • Ambassador Tom Vraalsen's Statement at ITF Chairmanship Handover Cermemony [2]
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Ole Ålgård
Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations
Succeeded by
Thorvald Stoltenberg
Preceded by
Kjell Eliassen
Norwegian Ambassador to the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Kjell Colding
Preceded by
Kjeld Vibe
Norwegian Ambassador to the United States
Succeeded by
Knut Vollebæk