Tom Vraalsen

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Tom Vraalsen
Norwegian Ambassador to the United States
In office
2 October 1996 17 April 2001
Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland
Thorbjørn Jagland
Kjell Magne Bondevik
Jens Stoltenberg
Preceded by Kjeld Vibe
Succeeded by Knut Vollebæk
Norwegian Ambassador to the United Kingdom
In office
18 February 1994 1 October 1996
Prime MinisterGro Harlem Brundtland
Preceded by Kjell Eliassen
Succeeded by Kjell Colding
Norwegian Permanent Representative to the United Nations
In office
12 March 1982 16 October 1989
Prime Minister Kåre Willoch
Gro Harlem Brundtland
Preceded by Ole Ålgård
Succeeded by Thorvald Stoltenberg
Minister of International Development
In office
16 October 1989 3 November 1990
Prime Minister Jan P. Syse
Preceded by Kirsti Kolle Grøndahl
Succeeded by Grete Faremo
Minister of Nordic Cooperation
In office
16 October 1989 3 November 1990
Prime MinisterJan P. Syse
Preceded by Bjarne Mørk-Eidem
Succeeded by Kjell Borgen
Personal details
Tom Eric Vraalsen

(1936-01-26) 26 January 1936 (age 84)
Oslo, Norway
Political party Centre
Spouse(s)Vibecke Vraalsen

Tom Eric Vraalsen (born 26 January 1936) is a former Norwegian politician for the Centre Party. He served as the Norwegian Minister of International Development from 1989 to 1990, as well as Minister of Nordic Cooperation. 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.

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  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', "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-12. Retrieved 2009-09-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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