The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)
The core of the United Nations work in the field of international co-operation on Human Rights and Humanitarian issues is directed from the UN offices and Agencies in Geneva, although the headquarters of the UN are situated in New York. The Genevea based entities include the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, the United Nations Human Rights Council, United Nations Refugee Agencey, and many other councils, committees and agencies. The Permanent Mission attends meetings and represents Iceland in the assignments related to these entities. Here below are some links to relevant websites and a short summary on a few of the main offices and agencies of the UN in Geneva.
United Nations Conference on Disarmament (CD)
Iceland has been an observer to the Conference from the year 1996.
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Human Rights Council (HRC)
The work on human rights issues is both based in New York and Geneva, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was established in Geneva in 1993.
The Human Rights Council was established in 2006 and held its first session in June 2006. The Council meets three times a year, for a minimum of 10 weeks total each year.
Iceland participates closely in the work of the Council and is a party to almost all instruments and agreements on human rights issues within the UN.
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Iceland has been a member of UNCTAD since its establishement, but has sat on the Trade and Development Board since 1996.
Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
The ECE is one of five regional Commissions established within the UN, to promote regional co-operation in various areas.
Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Iceland has been a party to the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees since 1956. As the UN Refugee Agency is financed by free donations, Iceland has contributed to that work.