24.07.2014

21st special session of the Human Rights Council

21st special session of the Human Rights Council The Human Rights Council held its 21st special session on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, on 23 July 2014 in Geneva. The main purpose of the session was to address the on-going conflict taking place in Gaza.
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11.07.2014

26th Session of the Human Rights Council

26th Session of the Human Rights Council The Human Rights Council held its 26th regular session from 10 – 27 June 2014 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Iceland raised a number of issues during the session, including the importance of combating discrimination against women in order to achieve full gender equality.
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02.04.2014

25th Session of the Human Rights Council

25th Session of the Human Rights Council The Human Rights Council held its 25th regular session from 3 - 28 March 2014 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. All statements and resolutions held by Iceland during the session can be found on this page.
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01.11.2013

Universal Periodic Review - 17th session

The seventeenth session of the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group took place in Geneva from 21 October to 1 November 2013. The UPR mechanism is a unique, states driven process which involves a review of human rights records of all UN Member States.
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13.08.2013

The Snorri Sturluson Icelandic Fellowships

The Snorri Sturluson Icelandic Fellowships The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies invites applications for the Snorri Sturluson Icelandic Fellowships for 2014. The Fellowships are granted to writers, translators and scholars in the field of humanities from outside Iceland, to enable them to stay in Iceland for a period of at least three months, in order to improve their knowledge of the Icelandic language, culture and society.
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28.06.2013

Trade in Services Agreement

WTO members participating in discussions on a Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) released the following statement today:
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28.06.2013

UN Human Rights Council - 23rd Session

The United Nations Human Rights Council held its twenty-third regular session in Geneva from 27 May to 14 June 2013. The Human Rights Council is the supreme human rights institution in the UN system and normally convenes three times a year to address pressing human rights issues. The Council discusses and adopts resolutions on general themes related to human rights and the human rights situation in specific countries. A total of 47 states have a seat on the Council and can vote on resolutions. Currently, Iceland has observer status in the Council.
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02.05.2013

Universal Periodic Review - 16th session

The sixteenth session of the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group took place in Geneva from 22 April to 3 May. The UPR mechanism is a unique, states driven process which involves a review of human rights records of all UN Member States.
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02.04.2013

Human Rights Council, 22nd session

The United Nations Human Rights Council held its twenty-second regular session from 25 February to 22 March 2013, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
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22.03.2013

Absentee Voting video

Absentee Voting video Information on absentee voting is abailable in a video.
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19.03.2013

Human Rights Council, 22nd session - Human rights situation in Palestine

Statement on human rights in Palestine Monday 18 March 2013, Mr. Martin Eyjolfsson, the Ambassador of Iceland to the United Nations in Geneva, delivered a statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the independent international fact-finding mission to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.
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12.03.2013

Human Rights Council, 22nd session - Syria

Monday 11 March 2013, Iceland took part in two joint statements on the human rights situation in Syria delivered during the 22nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The statements were both delivered during an Interactive Dialouge with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.
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22.02.2013

Seventh Syrian Humanitarian Forum

On Tuesday 19 February, OCHA hosted the seventh Syrian Humanitarian Forum in Geneva. Iceland took part in a joint statement along with 48 countries, which was delivered by Belgium. The main focus of the statement is on the lack of access for medical and humanitarian assistance in Syria.
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21.02.2013

CEDAW Seminar on Access to Justice

On the occasion of its 54th session, held in Geneva from 11 February to 1 March 2013, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women organized a half-day general discussion on access to justice in Palais des Nations, Monday 18 February. Iceland took part in a joint Nordic statement with Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, which was delivered by Norway.
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28.01.2013

Iceland welcomes acquittal in Icesave case

The EFTA Court ruling on Icesave rejected all claims by the EFTA Surveillance Authority that Iceland should be declared in breach of the EEA Agreement. The Court rejected the claim that Iceland has breached the Deposit Guarantee Directive or has discriminated against depositors contrary to EEA law. It is a considerable satisfaction that Iceland´s defence has won the day in the Icesave case; the EFTA Court ruling brings to a close an important stage in a long saga.
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05.10.2012

Minister Skarphéðinsson addresses the UN General Assembly

Minister Skarphéðinsson addresses the UN General Assembly Össur Skarphéðinsson, Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs, called for reform of the United Nations Security Council in his address to the UN General Assembly this weekend.
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