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Changing the discourse between men on gender equality - 1.10.2014

During his UN General Assembly address earlier this week, Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson announced the Barbershop Conference in January 2015, an initiative that Iceland has taken with Suriname. The aim is to activate men and boys in the fight for gender equality.

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Tómas H. Heiðar takes office at ITLOS - 1.10.2014

Today Mr. Tomas Heidar took office as Judge at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg. Judge Heidar was elected to serve a term of nine years on 11 June 2014. 

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International community must continue its fight against poverty and inequality - 30.9.2014

Icelandic Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson addressed the UN General Assembly yesterday.  MORE...

Security situation in Europe discussed by Nordic-Baltic Foreign Ministers - 12.9.2014

Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson participated in a meeting of the Nordic-Baltic Foreign Ministers in Tallinn today.

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Iceland reinforces its participation in NATO - 11.9.2014

Iceland reinforces its participation in NATO5.9. 2014The NATO Summit in Newport, Wales, concluded this afternoon. Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson and Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson participated in the meetings on Iceland´s behalf.

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Arctic Economic Council established - 4.9.2014

Iceland has nominated two representatives to the Council. MORE...

Situation in Ukraine discussed at NATO summit - 4.9.2014

Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson and Foreign Minster Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson attend the meeting MORE...

Annual meeting of Hoyvik Council of Iceland and Faroe Islands - 2.9.2014

Alega Hammond, Prime Minister of Greenland, attended the meeting as an observer.

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Foreign Minister allocates Emergency Aid for Gaza - 22.7.2014

Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson has allocated 12 million ISK as Emergency Aid to two UN organisations that operate in Gaza due to the acute and deteriorating humanitarian situation the Gaza conflict. MORE...

Appeal to the UN Security Council to find a permanent solution in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict - 22.7.2014

During an open session of the UN Security Council in New York on the political situation in the Middle East, Iceland condemned both the Israeli Defence Force and Hamas and other militant organisations in Gaza for violating international humanitarian law. In her statement to the Security Council,  MORE...

Statement on events in Ukraine  - 18.7.2014

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, expresses condolences to the families and friends of the people on board the Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down over Eastern Ukraine.

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Minister Sveinsson meets with the President of Ukraine - 15.7.2014

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, met today with Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, and Pavlo Klimkin, Minister of Foreign Affairs, in Kyiv. Minister Sveinsson is on a two day visit to Ukraine together with Edgars  Rinkēvičs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia.

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A report by Þórir Guðmundsson on development cooperation submitted - 11.7.2014

A report by Þórir Guðmundsson on development cooperation submitted

Þórir Guðmundsson has submitted a report to Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the organisation of development cooperation, peacekeeping and humanitarian and emergency assistance with a view to reinforcing effectiveness and efficiency within the area, prepared by him on the minister's request.

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Land restoration to be part of new UN development agenda - 10.7.2014

Foreign Minister  Sveinsson discussed desertification, land degradation and drought at the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and the new development framework.

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Foreign Minister in China to promote trade - 26.6.2014

Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson is currently visiting China, accompanied by a trade delegation representing Icelandic Business and Industry.

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Iceland Supports Ukrainian Peace Plan - 24.6.2014

Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson welcomes the Peace Plan by the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko MORE...

Tomas Heidar elected judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea - 11.6.2014

Mr. Heidar will join the Tribunal on 1 October 2014 for a nine-year term. He has been Legal Adviser since 1996 and is also the Director of the Law of the Sea Institute of Iceland. 

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Increased cooperation between Iceland and Maine - 10.6.2014

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Paul LePage, Governor of Maine signed today a MoU between Iceland and Maine, paving the way for increased cooperation in the fields of business cooperation and development, transport and logistics and culture. MORE...

Foreign minister meets with Poland‘s  deputy prime minister - 3.6.2014

At the ministers‘ meeting in Warsaw, ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two states by means of EEA Grants were discussed, especially in the field of geothermal energy. MORE...

Iceland‘s experience of land restoration can prove useful - 2.6.2014

Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification met with foreign minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson.  MORE...

Free trade agreement between Iceland and China to enter into force on 1 July 2014 - 30.5.2014

The central aim of the Iceland-China free trade agreement is to promote trade by abolishing tariffs on imports and to further enhance economic ties between the two countries MORE...

Nordic Foreign Ministers meet in Iceland - 28.4.2014

Iceland‘s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, will host a Nordic Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Reykholt on 29–30 April. MORE...

Overseas absentee voting for the Local Government Elections - 9.4.2014

Overseas absentee voting for the Local Government Elections of 31 May 2014 will begin on 7 April and ballots can be cast in all Icelandic embassies abroad and in the offices of consuls-general.

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Minister Sveinsson meets with Norwegian Minister of EEA and EU Affairs - 26.3.2014

The  Foreign  Minister  of  Iceland,  Mr.  Gunnar  Bragi Sveinsson, and the Minister  of EEA and EU Affairs of Norway, Mr. Vidar Helgesen, met today in Reykjavík.

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Minister's report on Foreign Policy and International Affairs to Parliament - 20.3.2014

Today Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, submitted his report on Foreign Policy and International Affairs to Althingi. MORE...

Foreign Minister expresses concerns over illegitimate referendum in Crimea - 14.3.2014

The Government of Iceland supports the statement made by the EU and G-7 states calling on the Russian Federation to cease support for the forthcoming referendum as it contravenes international agreements and does not uphold basic standards for democratic elections. MORE...

Serious concerns regarding how agreement on mackerel was reached - 13.3.2014

By exceeding  the recommendations made by ICES, Iceland believes the agreement jeopardizes sustainable use of the mackerel stock MORE...

The Icelandic Government's policy priorities on Europe - 11.3.2014

The new policy prioritises efficient implementation of the EEA Agreement, continued active relations with the EU and its Member States and Iceland's earlier involvement in the shaping of EU rules

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Iceland participates in OSCE‘s mission to Ukraine - 7.3.2014

Mr Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, has decided to deploy an Icelandic civilian delegate to participate in a visit to Ukraine organised by the OSCE participating states upon a request from authorities in Kiev. The OSCE team consists of 43 representatives from 23 OSCE participating nations.  MORE...

Condemnation of military activity in Crimea  - 3.3.2014

Icelandic authorities strongly emphasize that Russian military activities in Ukraine must cease without delay and international law must be respected, says Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson. 

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Parliamentary proposal on withdrawal of Iceland's EU application - 25.2.2014

A proposal has been put forward in Parliament on the withdrawal of Iceland‘s application for accession to the European Union and on entrusting the Government with strengthening cooperation with the EU and the European states

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Foreign Minister deplores signing of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill - 24.2.2014

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, deplores that the President of Uganda has signed an Anti-Homosexuality Bill which further criminalizes homosexuality and makes it punishable by up to life imprisonment.

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Alarm at the situation in Ukraine - 20.2.2014

Iceland joins other participating States of the OSCE, including member states of the European Union, in expressing alarm at the situation in Ukraine MORE...

Assessment of the status of EU accession negotiations - 18.2.2014

The Institute of Economic Studies at the University of Iceland has now delivered its report on the assessment of the status of accession negotiations between Iceland and the European Union and developments within the EU. MORE...

Joint meeting of Nordic Foreign and Defence Ministers in Keflavík - 12.2.2014

The discussions focused on recent developments in the Nordic security cooperation, practical cooperation in the Arctic, NATO partnerships as well as cooperation in international crisis management. MORE...
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Parliament adopts Iceland-China Free Trade Agreement - 30.1.2014

The Free Trade Agreement will enter into force when legal procedures of acceptance in both countries have been concluded.

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Cooperation with the Fulbright Commission in Arctic studies - 28.1.2014

Through this agreement the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will fund US scholars to teach and conduct research in Arctic issues at Icelandic universities over the next three years.

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Nordic solidarity in a changing world - 8.1.2014

A joint article by Foreign Ministers Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson of Iceland and Erkki Tuomioja of Finland on Nordic Security and co-operation, published in Fréttablaðið and Turun Sanomat.

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Nordic Playlist: The new path to Nordic music - 8.1.2014

A new online platform compiling the most influential and cutting edge music from the Nordic countries was launched this week on the web. The Nordic Playlist is supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers, chaired in 2014 by Iceland. MORE...