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Gunnar Bragi í ræðustól á COP21.

Utilisation of geothermal energy in Iceland and in East Africa - 8.12.2015

Mr. Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs, today made opening remarks at two events in relation to the Climate Change Conference, COP21,  in Paris.

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Gunnar Bragi og Adnan Amin, framkvæmdastjóri IRENA.

Global Geothermal Alliance established - 1.12.2015

Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, today announced the establishment of the Global Geothermal Alliance at the COP21. The Alliance is formed by over thirty states and organisations.

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Sixteen projects part of climate change action plan - 25.11.2015

The government of Iceland has announced a three-year climate change action plan intended to sharpen Iceland's focus on climate change issue. MORE...

Foreign Minister condemns acts of terrorism in Paris - 14.11.2015

The Foreign Minister strongly condemns the heinous terrorist attacks that have taken place in Paris and states that the hearts and minds of Icelanders are with those affected.

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Foreign Ministers of Iceland and Vietnam meet in Hanoi - 5.11.2015

Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson met today with Pham Binh Minh, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam. The meeting was held in connection with the state visit of the President of Iceland to Vietnam.  MORE...

Land Restoration as a Response to Climate Change - 23.10.2015

Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson attended the Twelfth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. MORE...

Nine Prime Ministers discuss creative industries and public sector innovation at Northern Future Forum in Reykjavik - 12.10.2015

Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson has invited the Prime Ministers of the Nordic countries, the Baltic states and the United Kingdom to discuss future trends in northern Europe at the Northern Future Forum seminar, to be held in Reykjavik on 28th – and 29 th of November. The themes of the meeting are creative industries and simpler, smarter and innovative public services.

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Gunnar Bragi ávarpar allsherjarþing SÞ

Foreign Minister welcomes UN Sustainable Develoment Goals  - 5.10.2015

Statement to the UN General Assembly last Friday by Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson.

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City Council withdraws motion on boycott on Israeli products - 23.9.2015

The Reykjavík City Council withdrew yesterday, 22 September, a motion accepted on 15 September 2015, to prepare and formulate a boycott on Israeli products. MORE...

Two billion ISK reserved for support to refugees and asylum seekers - 20.9.2015

The government of Iceland has decided to recommend to Parliament that 2 billion ISK (14 million EUR) will be provided for support to refugees and asylum seekers to respond to the alarming refugee crisis due to the conflict in Syria. MORE...

Government reiterates City Council's resolution is not in line with Iceland‘s foreign policy  - 20.9.2015

The Icelandic government discussed over the weekend the decision by the ruling majority of Reykjavik City Council to implement a boycott of Israeli products.

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City of Reykjavik's resolution not in line with Iceland‘s foreign policy - 18.9.2015

Reykjavik City resolution to boycott products from Israel should not be seen to reflect on Iceland‘s relations with Israel. 

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New OECD survey on Iceland economy - 1.9.2015

Today, the OECD published a new economic survey on the Icelandic economic situation and policies. The previous survey was published in 2013. MORE...

Government deeply regrets Russia's decision on import ban - 13.8.2015

The Icelandic government deeply regrets the decision of the Russian government to add Iceland to the list of countries that are subjected to an import ban to Russia.

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Due to “5-state consultation” on fishing in the Arctic Ocean - 23.7.2015

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has called the ambassadors of the United States of America, Denmark, Canada, Norway and the Russian Federation to a meeting in the ministry and made observations on the consultation of the five states on fishing in the Arctic Ocean, signed in Oslo last week. MORE...

New report on Gender Equality in the Arctic - 29.4.2015

A conference report on gender equality has just been published. The report Gender Equality in the Arctic: Current Realities, Future Challenges contains summaries and highlights from an international conference held in Akureyri, Iceland, 30-31 October 2014.  MORE...

EU Presidency responds to Foreign Minister's letter - 27.4.2015

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson Minister for Foreign Affairs has received a reply from the Presidency of the European Union to a letter from March this year where he announced that the Government of Iceland did not intend to resume accession negotiations with the EU and that it considered Iceland no longer a candidate country. The reply letter from Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkvics, who currently holds the Presidency of the EU, states that the EU Council has taken note of the Icelandic government's position and will accordingly consider certain further practical adjustments to the EU Council working procedures. 


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Iceland offers humanitarian assistance to Nepal - 26.4.2015

Mr. Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, has decided to donate 10 million Icelandic kronas to humanitarian assistance through the International National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in response to the devastating earthquake that struck  Nepal yesterday. 

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Minister Sveinsson meets with NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg - 17.4.2015

Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg met in Reykjavík today. During their meeting they discussed security and defence issues and the challenges that NATO Allies are faced with due to the situation in Ukraine and the emergence of the terrorist organisation ISIS.

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Solid foundations of Iceland's foreign policy - 19.3.2015

Today Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, presented his annual report to Parliament on Foreign and International affairs.

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Foreign Minister reiterates that sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine must be respected - 18.3.2015

Reiteration by Minister Sveinsson as one year has passed since the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia.

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Government considers Iceland no longer an EU candidate - 12.3.2015

Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson today met with his Latvian counterpart Edgars Rinkevics, who currently holds the Presidency of the EU, announcing that the Government considers that Iceland is no longer a candidate country and requests the EU to act in accordance with this from now on.

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Humanitarian assistance to Malawi due to floods - 2.2.2015

Iceland will donate approx. 75,000 US dollars in humanitarian assistance to Malawi. The funds will be channeled through Unicef and used to assist those affected by the recent floods.  MORE...

Barbershop Conference to rally men and boys to uphold gender equality - 9.1.2015

The Conference will bring together politicians, diplomats, celebrities and gender equality campaigners to discuss gender equality and how men need to be a part of this important discourse.

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