Bård Ivar Svendsen
Ambassador, Royal Norwegian Embassy The Hague
Bård Ivar Svendsen

Norway has a long history and strong record of gender equality. As Norwegian ambassador, I see it as an important task to support and promote gender equality and diversity in all aspects of my work. As an openly gay man, I seek to promote visibility and safe spaces for LGBTQ persons. 

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.

I support the IGC gender-based violence pledge.

Personal Commitments

As ambassador and Permanent Representative, I will advance gender equality in the international organisations based in the Netherlands and Luxembourg by supporting the organisations work on strengthening gender priorities and applying gender and diversity criterias in their programs and activities. I will seek to avoid taking part in panels where only men are present.
As Ambassador I will promote an organisational culture of gender equality and diversity within the Norwegian Embassy, including supporting and promoting the career development of interns and young professionals.