Profile of the Chairperson of the preparatory process of the Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

29 August 2003


After obtaining his Master of Law Degree from the University of Helsinki in 1966, Mr. Grönberg worked as a solicitor until he was appointed Head of International Services at the Finnish Broadcasting Company in 1970. Between 1973 and 1975, he served as the Prime Minister's secretary.

Mr. Grönberg joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland in 1975, serving as Deputy Director General for the Finnish International Development Agency until 1983. He subsequently served as Ambassador to Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda between 1983 and 1987 and also as the Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations Environment Programme and to the United Nations Human Settlement Programme in Nairobi, Kenya.

In 1987 he returned to Finland, where he was appointed Director General for the Legal Department. He also served as State Agent for Finland at the European Court for Human Rights and at the International Court of Justice in the Hague. Between 1990 and 1996 he was a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and in 1994 he served as Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

Mr. Grönberg has served as Ambassador of Finland to Austria and Slovenia and as the Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the United Nations Office at Vienna since 1998, and as Ambassador of Finland to Slovakia since 2001.