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.

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.

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.

Absentee Voting video

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

You Are In Control Conference 4. - 6. Nov 2012, Reykjavík

Between November 4-6 2012, Reykjavik will host the 5th edition of You Are In Control, a hothouse for creatives and thinkers interested in cross-platform explorations and ideas relating to future business models created by the digital revolution.

Icelandic Government Scholarships for the academic year 2012-2013

The Icelandic Ministry of Education, Science and Culture awards annually a number of scholarships to foreign students for study of the Icelandic language, literature and history at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík.

Cabinet reshuffle

Cabinet reshuffle A new Cabinet was unveiled in Iceland on 31 December. During the reshuffle former finance minister Mr Steingrímur J. Sigfússon was named Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture as well as Minister of Economic Affairs. Mrs Oddný G. Harðardóttur was promoted into Cabinet as Minister of Finance. Mr Jón Bjarnason, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, and Mr Árni Páll Árnason, Minister of Economic Affairs, stepped down from the Cabinet. Other ministers retained their posts.

Icelanders Invite Tourists Into Their Homes

Icelanders Invite Tourists Into Their Homes Encouraging a nation-wide participation, The President of Iceland, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson has invited tourists to enjoy pancakes at his home in an effort to make tourists feel welcome in Iceland.

Forum on airlines and airports winter operations 10 October in Iceland

Keilir Aviation Academy announces "The first Winter Operation Forum", presented in partnership with AirTransportNews, ACI, AEA, SITA, Icelandair and the Ministry of Interior and Transport in Iceland.

Iceland completes IMF Programme

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed and approved on Friday the sixth and final review of Iceland's Economic Recovery Programme, supported by a Stand-By Arrangement, making the country the first to complete such a program following the international financial recession. The objectives have been met and the successful collaboration between Iceland and the IMF has drawn considerable attention.

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