Permanent Representative – Norway
Ambassador Traavik joined the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1977.
He has been posted to Helsinki (1979-82), New York/United Nations mission (1982-1985), and Brussels/NATO mission 1987-89. His most recent posting abroad was as DCM at the Mission of Norway to the European Union (1994-1997).
Between 1989 and 1992, Mr. Traavik served as head of the MFA’s divisions for Security Policy and Arms Control, respectively, before being appointed Assistant Director General and head of the Ministry’s European Political Affairs Section (1992-1994).
In 1997 Mr. Traavik was appointed Ambassador and Coordinator of Norway’s 1999 chairmanship of the OSCE. He then served briefly as Director General for Policy Planning, before being appointed Director General for European Political Affairs (2000-2001).
He is a former Chair of Working Table III (Security Issues) of the Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe(2000-2001).
In October, 2001, Mr. Traavik was appointed State Secretary and Deputy Foreign Minister, a position he held until October, 2005. As Deputy Foreign Minister, his responsibilities included, among other things, security policy and European policy, as well as bilateral relations with Russia and High North issues.