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Mari Skare

Her Excellency Ms Mari Skåre

Ambassador of Norway to Ireland

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Mari Skåre is currently serving as Norway’s Ambassador to Dublin.

Prior to this assignment, Skåre served as Chef de Cabinet to the President of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (2019-2020) where she advised the President and oversaw all activities in the Office of the President. She served as Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations in New York (2018- 2019).

Skåre was Norway’s Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2016 to 2018. In Afghanistan, she worked with key stakeholders including the Government of Afghanistan, civil society, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the wider UN system on issues relating to women, peace and security, and anti-corruption.

Skåre was the first NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security from 2010 to 2012. She set NATO’s agenda on women, peace and security putting NATO at the forefront of the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and other related resolutions. She built partnerships with governments, the EU and other international organisations as well as civil society stakeholders.  

Skåre joined the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991. She has, over the course of her career, worked on a broad range of issues in diplomacy. She has served as Minister Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative at the Norwegian Delegation to NATO from 2010 to 2012, and served as Minister Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Norwegian Embassy in Kabul from 2008 to 2010.

In the period 2003 to 2007 she served as Counsellor and Legal Adviser, as well as a delegate to the 5th Committee, at the Norwegian Mission to the UN, New York.

Her other appointments in the Norwegian Foreign Service include the positions of Legal Adviser for the Minister for Development Cooperation; Head of the Division of Environment and Sustainable Development; Adviser on Antarctic and Antarctica Affairs; as well as work on the International Financial Institutions.

Ambassador Skåre holds a Master Degree in Law from the University of Oslo, and has two daughters.