Ambassador Tore Hattrem was appointed Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations in New York on 12 September 2017. He was President of UNICEF's Executive Board in 2019, as well as Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Tore was previously Special Adviser in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ UN Department, State Secretary/Deputy Foreign Minister at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2015 to 2016 and Director General of the Department for Regional Affairs from 2012 to 2015.
He served as Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2010 to 2012, and as Ambassador to Sri Lanka from 2007 to 2010. Prior to his tenure in Sri Lanka he was Deputy Director General and Head of the Section for Peace and Reconciliation (2002–2007).
Tore has been with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1992, during which time he has gained broad diplomatic experience. This includes Adviser in the UN Security Council Unit (2000–2002), First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN and the WTO in Geneva (1997–2000) and Second Secretary at the Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi (1994–1997). He has also worked in the UN Section (1992–1993).
Before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he worked as Senior Executive Officer in the Ministry of Finance and as an officer in the Norwegian Armed Forces for several years.
From 2003 to 2007 Tore was head of the Norwegian facilitation team in the peace process between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front (communist movement in the Philippines).
Tore holds a Master degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo. He graduated from the Norwegian Officer Candidate School in 1982.
Tore was born 23 August 1962 and is married to Ms. Marit Gjelten. They have three children.