Ambassador Geir O. Pedersen was appointed Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations in New York, 5 September 2012.
Mr. Pedersen was previously Director General in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department for the United Nations, Peace and Humanitarian Affairs.
Mr. Pedersen served as the Secretary General Special Personal Representative and Special Coordinator for Lebanon at the level of Under-Secretary-General from April 2007 to February 2008 Mr. Pedersen has also served as Director of Asia and Pacific Division in the Department of Political Affairs.
Between November 1998 and March 2003, Mr. Pedersen served as the Norwegian Representative to the Palestinian Authority. From 1995 to 1998 he held different positions at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo, among them as Chief of Staff for the Norwegian Foreign Minister. Mr. Pedersen has also served as a Norwegian diplomat in China and Germany.
In 1993 he was a member of the Norwegian team to the secret Oslo negotiations that led to the signing of the Declaration of Principles and the mutual recognition between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel.
Mr. Pedersen was born in Oslo in 1955 and is married with five children.