The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland´s main issue areas are international relations, international trade and international development co-operation.
The Icelandic government manifesto expresses support for increased liberalisation of international trade, for Iceland to be in the forefront in the campaign against pollution of the sea and in international efforts to combat climate change. Moreover, respect for human rights, development co-operation and the peaceful resolution of disputes are defined as cornerstones of Iceland´s foreign policy.
The government has emphasised the importance of dynamic international co-operation based on the principles of international law and repsonsible participation in international collaboration based on Iceland´s three principal strengths:
- Experience in the sustainable use of marine resources;
- Experience in the use of renewable energy sources;
- Important historical milestones in the campaign for gender equality