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Respect for human rights must be reinstated in Zimbabwe - 19.12.2008

In a joint statement the Nordic Foreign Ministers state that the misrule of Robert Mubabe must come to an end and respect for human rights reinstated in Zimbabwe.

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Minister for Foreign Affaris addresses OSCE's Ministerial Council - 5.12.2008

Iceland's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, attended the OSCE Ministerial Council in Helsinki and held bilateral meetings MORE...

Convention on Cluster Munitions Signing Conference - 3.12.2008

Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland encouraged countries to ratify the Convention and work on getting as many other countries as possible on board as Parties. MORE...
Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, utanríkisráðherra undirritar samning um bann við klasasprengjum

Iceland's Minister for Foreign Affairs signs the international convention banning cluster munitions in Norway - 3.12.2008

Iceland's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ingibjorg Solrún Gisladottir said that the convention offered new hope for the thousands who are threatened by the existence of cluster munitions

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New Rules on Foreign Exchange - 2.12.2008

The Central Bank of Iceland has issued new Rules on Foreign Exchange. The issuance is based on the authority contained in the Act amending the Foreign Exchange Act of 1992.



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International Monetary Fund approves Iceland's request for a two year stand-by arrangement - 20.11.2008

Iceland will receive USD 2.1 bn. from the IMF. Additional loans of up to USD 3 bn. have been secured from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Russia and Poland. The Faroe Islands have announced that they would lend Iceland USD 50 million.



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Letter of Intent to the IMF - 18.11.2008

The government of Iceland has made public the letter of intent sent to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on November 3, 2008. MORE...

Agreed Guidelines Reached on Deposit Guarantees - 17.11.2008

Significant progress has been made towards solving the differences on the interpretation of legal obligations with respect to deposit guarantees in the European Economic Area. MORE...

From the Central Bank of Iceland - 7.11.2008

Payment intermediation to and from the United Kingdom is proceeding much more smoothly than before. However, it is important to bear in mind that payments generally take a longer time to reach their destination than they did before problems developed roughly a month ago.
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The Foreign Ministers of Iceland and Norway met in Iceland to discuss economic issues and sign an Agreement on hydrocarbon deposits - 3.11.2008

The two Ministers discussed several topics. Among them, the current economic situation in Iceland, Norwegian assistance in the form of credit facilities and the forthcoming investigation of events that lead to the bank crisis.

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Icelandic Chamber of Commerce: The Icelandic Economic Situation: Status Report - 24th October 2008 - 3.11.2008

The current economic turmoil in Iceland is part of a complex global financial crisis and is by no means an isolated event.Thus far, Iceland has been hit particularly hard by this unprecedented financial storm due to the large size of the banking sector in comparison to the overall economy. MORE...

Meeting between the Ambassador of Iceland and representatives of the UK Local Government Authorities - 15.10.2008

Ambassador Sverrir Haukur Gunnlaugsson, Ambassador of Iceland to the UK met today with representatives of the UK Local Government Authorities (LGA) and discussions were friendly. MORE...

Business as usual-From the Icelandic Tourist Board - 15.10.2008

Business in Iceland is being conducted as usual. All services - including banking services – are functioning as on any other day. Hotels, restaurants, airlines, car rentals, currency exchange facilities, offices, shops, etc. are all open for normal business. MORE...

Information center for the public, businesses and the media - 14.10.2008

Due to the special circumstances on the Icelandic financial markets the Government of Iceland has decided to open an information center for the public, businesses and the media, both in Iceland and abroad.

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The Prime Ministers Office Information Site - 14.10.2008

The Prime Minister of Iceland information site contains news, press meetings and other information on Iceland in English. MORE...

Iceland's Ambassador to the UK meets high officials at Downing Street - 9.10.2008

Iceland's Ambassador to the UK, Mr. Sverrir Haukur Gunnlaugsson, had a meeting this afternoon, Wednesday 8 October, at 10 Downing Street with a number of high officials from the UK Prime Minister's office and the UK Exchequer. MORE...

The United Nations: the Nordic Experience - 1.10.2008

Iceland, one of the five Nordic countries, is standing for election to the UN Security Council in October 2008. The Nordic countries have a long history of active engagement in the work of the UN. Read more about the Nordic commitment to the UN here. MORE...

Norway restates Nordic support for Iceland´s candidature to the Security Council - 26.9.2008

The Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, restated in speech before the General Assembly of the United Nations last night, that all the other Nordic state support Iceland´s candidature to the Security Council. MORE...

African Women´s Forum - 24.9.2008

Statement by Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland at UNIFEM´s African Women´s Forum in New York, 22 September 2008.

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Informal consultations on System-Wide Coherence - Gender Statement by Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland - 10.9.2008

Statement by Ambassador Hjálmar W. Hannesson, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations, on behalf of the Nordic Countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. MORE...

African Union conference focuses on Iceland and renewable energy - 1.9.2008

A conference on the development of renewable energy in Africa and on the co-operation between Iceland and African states opened today at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa. MORE...

Working Methods of the Security Council - 28.8.2008

Statement by Ambassador Hjálmar W. Hannesson, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations, on behalf of the Nordic Countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden MORE...

Children and Armed Conflict - 21.7.2008

Statement on behalf of the Nordic Countries. MORE...

Substantive Session of the Economic and Social Council - 3.7.2008

Statement by Ambassador Hjálmar W. Hannesson, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations. MORE...

Open debate in the Security Council on Women, Peace and Security - 20.6.2008

Statent by Ambassador Hjálmar W. Hannesson, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations,
on behalf of the Nordic Countries, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

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Small States - Emerging Power! - 18.6.2008

Closing address by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, at an international conference held for small states at the University of Iceland, 16 June 2008. MORE...
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US Secretary of State meets with Iceland's Minister for Foreign Affairs - 30.5.2008

Condoleezza Rice, US Secretary of State, met today with Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladottir, Iceland´s Minister for Foreign Affairs at Hofdi house. MORE...

Special Meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council on Global Food Crisis - 22.5.2008

Statement by Ambassador Hjálmar W. Hannesson, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations. MORE...

Ellisif Tinna Vidisdottir appointed First Director of new Defence Agency - 21.5.2008

The Minister for Foreign Affairs appointed Ellisif Tinna Vidisdottir as director of the Defence Agency on 19 May 2008. MORE...

United Nations System-wide Coherence - 19.5.2008

Statement by Ambassador Hjálmar W. Hannesson, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations, on behalf of the Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

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High-Level Segment of the 16th Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development - 16.5.2008

Statement by Ambassador Hjálmar W. Hannesson, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations.

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French Air Force in Iceland - 5.5.2008

The arrival of 4 Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft from the French Air Force earlier today marks the commencement of NATO air policing in Iceland. A contingent of 110 Air Force personnel has accompanied the fighters in support of the mission. The French air policing mission will last through June 20th of this year. MORE...

UN Security Council: Small arms and light weapons - 2.5.2008

Statement by Ambassador Hjálmar W. Hannesson, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations, on behalf of the Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

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Towards a Common Understanding on Management Reform - 30.4.2008

Statement by Ambassador Hjálmar W. Hannesson, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations, on behalf of the Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. MORE...

General debate of the United Nations Committee on Information during its 30th session - 30.4.2008

Statement by Ambassador Hjálmar W. Hannesson, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations.

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Icelandic seeking strategic links with the Caribbean - 20.4.2008

Caribbean press discusses the Island Growth Initiative and Iceland's development cooperation with partners in the region.

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Address on Foreign Affairs to Parliament - 8.4.2008

Address delivered by Mrs. Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs, to the Althing on 8 April 2008 MORE...

Recognizing the achievements, addressing the challenges and getting back on track to achieve the MDGs by 2015 - 4.4.2008

Statement by Ambassador Hjálmar W. Hannesson, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations.

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Minister Gísladóttir strengthens Iceland's development cooperation with Caribbean partners - 1.4.2008

A High-Level Roundtable on international cooperation for sustainable development in Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) was held in Bridgetown, Barbados on 25-27 March 2008. The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, led an Icelandic Delegation of Ministry officials, development professionals and business interests. MORE...

The Global Road Safety Crises - 31.3.2008

Statement by Ambassador Hjálmar W. Hannesson, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations. MORE...

The situation in Afghanistan - 13.3.2008

Statement by Ambassador Hjálmar W. Hannesson, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations.

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Minister for Foreign Affairs discusses women, peace and security at women leaders working group - 7.3.2008

Women's access to peace and security processes was the main topic of discussion today at a women leaders' conference attended by Mrs. Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs. MORE...

The Government of Iceland formally recognizes Kosovo - 5.3.2008

The Government of Iceland has formally recognized Kosovo as an independent and sovereign state. MORE...

Nordic-Africa Foreign Ministers meetings in Gaborone, Botswana - 4.3.2008

Mrs. Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs, participated in the annual Nordic-Africa Foreign Ministers meeting that ended today in Gaborone, Botswana. MORE...

Iceland to recognize Kosovo's independence - 29.2.2008

Following Kosovo's declaration of independence on 17 February 2008, the Government of Iceland has decided to recognize it as a sovereign and independent state, though the timing has still to be decided. MORE...
Mrs. Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations

Minister for Foreign Affairs meets with UN Secretary General - 28.2.2008

Kosovo's declaration of independence and women's participation in peace processes were among the issues discussed at a meeting of Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, and Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, at UN headquarters in New York earlier this week, 26 February 2008. MORE...

Investing in women - 25.2.2008

Statement by Mrs. Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs, at the 52nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women MORE...
Foreground from left to right: Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland, and Mr. Leo Morales, Permanent Representative of Haiti and sitting President of ECOSOC

Iceland one of 24 United Nations Member States without a standing military - 25.2.2008

Two members of this group, Panama and Costa Rica, are currently sitting members on the United Nations Security Council. MORE...