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Эйнар Гуннарссон

Посол по делам Арктики
Председатель Комитета Старших должностных лиц

Посол Эйнар Гуннарссон начал работать в отделе по делам Арктики МИДа Исландии с августа 2018 года, приступив к подготовке к председательству Исландии. До этого, начиная с 2015 года, он являлся Постоянным представителем Исландии при ООН в Нью-Йорке, где, среди прочего, он возглавлял Третий Комитет Генеральной Ассамблеи в течении 72-ой сессии.

В период с 2009 по 2014 гг. г-н Гуннарссон являлся Постоянным заместителем министра иностранных дел и занимался последствиями экономического кризиса 2008 года. До вступления в должность постоянного заместителя министра г-н Гуннарссон находился на дипломатической службе Исландии в разных должностях, таких как директор департамента международных торговых переговоров, начальник отдела кадров, заместитель постоянного представителя при международных организациях в Женеве, советник дипломатической миссии Исландии при ЕС в Брюсселе, советник департамента международной торговли и правовой советник департамента национальной обороны при МИДе.

После получения юридического образования в Университете Исландии в 1992 году г-н Гуннарссон работал в качестве юриста и адвоката окружного суда в частной юридической фирме в Рейкьявике, прежде чем он перешёл на дипломатическую службу в 1996 году.

Тел.: +354 545 9915 Эл. почта: eg@mfa.is

Брюндис Кьяртансдоттир

Старшее должностное лицо Исландии в АС
Директор Департамента по делам Арктики

Ознакомьтесь с интервью, которое Брюндис дала Секретариату сразу после вступления в должность СДЛ АС, перейдя по ссылке.

Г-жа Брюндис Кьяртансдоттир является СДЛ Исландии в Арктическом совете и директором Департамента по делам Арктики МИДа с января 2018 года. Её карьера в МИДе началась в 1998 году, и за это время она занималась взаимоотношениями с ЕС и сотрудничеством в рамках Соглашения о создании Европейской экономической зоны, вопросами ЮНЕСКО и повестки дня ООН в области устойчивого развития, арктическими вопросами и сотрудничеством, торговлей и экспортом между странами Северной Европы, а также участвовала в переговорах о вступлении в ЕС. Она работала в Париже, Копенгагене и Стокгольме.

До поступления на дипломатическую службу, после завершения учебы в Колледже Европы в Брюгге (Бельгия) она работала в Органе надзора Европейской ассоциации свободной торговли в Брюсселе в качестве эксперта по свободному перемещению товаров.

Тел.: +354 545 8973 Эл. почта: bk@mfa.is

Контактная информация членов команды Исландского председательства

Адалхейдур Инга Торстейнсдоттир

Адалхейдур Инга Торстейнсдоттир

Советник по вопросам Арктики; заместитель СДЛ АС и глава делегации рабочей группы по устойчивому развитию (СДВГ)

+(354) 545-7971
ath@mfa.is

Солрун Свандаль

Солрун Свандаль

Старший советник по вопросам Арктики

+354 545 7331
sss@mfa.is

Магнус Йоханнессон

Магнус Йоханнессон

Специальный советник по вопросам Арктики

+354 545 9965
magnus@mfa.is

 Йона Сольвейг Элинардоттир

Йона Сольвейг Элинардоттир

Старший советник по вопросам Арктики

+354 545 7985
jonasolveig@mfa.is

Айрис Дагер

Айрис Дагер

Временный служащий

+354 545 7421
iris.dager@mfa.is

Стефан Скьялдарсон

Стефан Скьялдарсон

Посол; председатель рабочей группы по устойчивому развитию (СДВГ) Арктического совета

+354 545 9933
stefans@mfa.is

Icelandic Chairmanship News

  • Stepping up youth engagement in the Arctic Council

    Arctic youth is not just the future but also the present. A slogan that Indigenous youth leaders coined when they got together for the first Arctic Leaders’ Youth Summit in Rovaniemi, Finland, in November 2019. They called for a more active involvement in the issues that affect them – now and in future – and in doing so they joined a global movement of young people that are speaking up for their rights as they see their future imperiled by climate change.

    Over the years, the Arctic Council has stepped up its efforts to engage youth. Working Groups such as the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) and the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) have been forerunners in not just looking at how youth is affected by a changing Arctic but in actively involving them in their projects.

  • Arctic Council to host side event at COP25

    Arctic States, Permanent Participants, and Working Groups take the topic of ocean acidification, and the Council’s knowledge base on the issue to Madrid

  • Arctic Council actors join forces in Hveragerði

    At the meeting just concluded in Hveragerði, Iceland, delegates of the Senior Arctic Officials’ plenary meeting discussed enhanced cooperation on issues related to people and communities of the Arctic

  • Together towards a sustainable Arctic in Hveragerði

    First Senior Arctic Officials’ plenary meeting during Iceland’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council places emphasis on people and communities

    On 20-21 November 2019, the Arctic Council will gather in Hveragerði, Iceland, for the first Senior Arctic Officials’ plenary meeting during the Chairmanship of Iceland (2019-2021). The meeting will focus on work related to People and Communities of the Arctic. Iceland puts an emphasis on cooperation between all entities of the Council – reflecting the Chairmanship’s overarching theme: Together towards a sustainable Arctic.

  • Arctic Crossroads

    Editorial by Ambassador Einar Gunnarsson, Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials


    Reflecting back on the first ever joint meeting of the Arctic Economic Council and the Arctic Council earlier this month I can honestly say it left a mark on me. It left me feeling inspired to do more. And I think that was the general mood of the meeting: An appetite for more. For more dialogue, more understanding, more collaboration. And that inspires optimism and a feeling that we are on to something. Something new, exciting and, what is most important: Something sensible.

  • The Arctic Blue Bioeconomy – A driver for growth

    Sustainable use and increasing the value of goods produced from biological aquatic resources plays an important role for driving sustainable economic growth in the Artic - particularly for development in coastal and rural communities. This is what we call the blue bioeconomy. Put simply, it is about sustainably maximising the value and use of aquatic bioresources, producing food, feed, bio-products and bioenergy. The main drivers behind the development of the blue bioeconomy are research and development, innovation and knowledge transfer.

  • Gender Equality in the Arctic

    Gender Equality in the Arctic (GEA) is a project of the Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG). The project focuses on gender equality with an emphasis on diversity in terms of discourses, Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, governance, education, economies, and social realities. The GEA project strives to contribute to sustainability and balanced participation in leadership and decision making both in the public and private sectors.

  • Seal trapped in fishing net

    First International Symposium on Arctic and Sub-Arctic Plastics

    A new International Symposium on Plastics in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic will bring together experts on marine plastics to share new and emerging knowledge and best practices. 

    The symposium will bring together experts on marine plastics to share knowledge and best practices, with the ultimate goal to feed into the Arctic Council’s regional action plan for the Arctic.

    When: 21-23 April, 2020
    Where: Reykjavík, Iceland
    Key dates:

    • 1 November 2019 - Early bird registration ends
    • 1 December 2019 - Abstract submission deadline
    • 15 January 2020 - Acceptance of abstracts finalized
    • 1 February 2020 - Program finalized; End of registration

    Learn more and register here.

    Iceland holds the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council from May 2019 to May 2021 and the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2019. In both roles, the Icelandic Government is focused on the ocean, and particularly on the fight against plastic in the marine environment.

    Therefore, the Government of Iceland has decided to host the first International Symposium on Plastics in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic in collaboration with the Nordic Council of Ministers in connection with the Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. On behalf of the government of Iceland, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources, and the Ministry of Industries and Innovation are responsible for the preparation of the Symposium.

    Sponsors of the symposium are the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the OSPAR Commission, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC), the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute of Iceland, the Harvard Kennedy School and the International Arctic Science Committee.

     

  • Arctic Council to host side event at the 2019 Our Ocean Conference

    The Arctic Council will host a side event at this year’s Our Ocean conference in Oslo on 23 October. The side event is themed “A Cleaner Arctic Marine Environment – Battling Marine Debris in the Arctic” and is organized jointly with the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs and two of the Council’s Working Groups: the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme and the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group.

  • First joint meeting between the Arctic Council and the Arctic Economic Council

    The Arctic Council and the Arctic Economic Council hold their first joint meeting in Reykjavik today, 9 October 2019, bringing together government representatives of the eight Arctic States, business representatives, as well as representatives of the indigenous Permanent Participants, and the Councils’ respective Working Groups. The meeting is a step towards enhancing cooperation and collaboration between the Arctic Council and the Arctic Economic Council, as outlined in a Memorandum of Understanding the secretariats of both Councils signed last May. The discussions in Reykjavik will focus on subject areas of common interest, such as marine transportation and blue economy, telecommunications connectivity, responsible resource development and mainstreaming biodiversity, as well as on responsible investments and corporate social responsibility.

  • Arctic Circle Assembly: Arctic Council Working Groups’ and Permanent Participants’ panels, breakout sessions and events

    Several Arctic Council Working Groups and Indigenous peoples organizations holding Permanent Participant status in the Council are hosting side events at this year’s Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik. See an overview below.

  • Building knowledge and confidence in the Arctic

    Editorial by Ambassador Einar Gunnarsson, Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials


    As we learn more about the challenges we face in the Arctic, it becomes clearer by the day that collaboration with partners outside the region is needed in order to effectively tackle them. What is more, non-Arctic states around the globe are waking up to the fact that what happens in and to the Arctic has direct and widespread effects on them.

  • Planning for a greener Arctic future

    The Arctic Community Energy Planning and Implementation Toolkit

    Arctic winters tend to be long and, in many places, extremely cold. Energy use in Arctic communities therefore can be very high, making reliable and affordable electricity and heating a priority. Today, many Arctic communities rely almost exclusively on fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transportation. These fuels can come from local sources or be shipped in by land, sea, or air – and those transportation methods bring still more challenges and costs. Thus, there is a growing need, desire, and opportunity for communities to develop clean energy projects.

  • Increased warming pushing Arctic freshwater ecosystems to the brink

    The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group has released the first circumpolar assessment of freshwater biodiversity across the Arctic. The State of the Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Report, which was presented to Ministers at the Rovaniemi Ministerial meeting in May 2019, provides a synthesis of the state of knowledge about biodiversity in Arctic freshwater ecosystems (e.g., lakes, rivers, and associated wetlands). It finds that Arctic lakes and rivers are losing the ability to sustain their current level and diversity of Arctic freshwater species.

  • PAME releases first ‘plastic in a bottle’

    The Arctic Council’s Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group launched the first bottle equipped with a GPS transmitter into the Atlantic on 12 September 2019. Called “plastic in a bottle”, the capsule will simulate how marine litter and plastics travel far distances into and out of Arctic waters. The collected data will serve as an outreach tool to create awareness around the growing concerns on marine litter in the Arctic. This first plastic in a bottle was sent off from the Reykjanes peninsula by Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Iceland’s Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources from the Icelandic Coast Guard vessel Thor in conjunction with the PAME Working Group meeting in Reykjavík. Iceland currently holds the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council until 2021 and places a special focus on marine litter and plastics in the Arctic.

  • A source for Arctic optimism: The Blue Bioeconomy

    Editorial by Ambassador Einar Gunnarsson, Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials


    The blue bioeconomy is and will be a major contributor to achieving sustainable development in the Arctic and beyond. The term “blue bioeconomy” refers to innovation potentials in utilizing and creating new marine products with the help of new unconventional processing methods. It is therefore also one of today’s main sources for great optimism for our region, especially given the Arctic Council’s specific focus on sustainable development and environmental protection.

  • Put into reality: EPPR looks into the VIKING SKY incident

    At its first Working Group meeting during the Icelandic Chairmanship, the Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) Working Group held a workshop on the VIKING SKY incident – a cruise liner that got into distress off the Southern Norwegian coast. Authorities involved in the rescue operation in March 2019 shared their experiences and lessons learned with EPPR delegates. Quickly the questions arose: How would this incident have played out in the high Arctic?

  • Interview with Magnús Jóhannesson, the Special Coordinator on Plastics

    Magnús Jóhannesson is the Council’s designated special coordinator on plastics, marine litter. In this interview, the former Director of the Arctic Council Secretariat speaks about the plastics issue in the Arctic, the Arctic Council’s efforts to tackle the issue and his new role within the Icelandic Chairmanship team.

  • Interview with SDWG Chair Stefán Skjaldarson

    Stefán Skjaldarson is the new Chair of the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG). Growing up in one of the most remote parts of northeast Iceland, he got to know the scarcities of an Arctic childhood until education and eventually his work in the Foreign Service of Iceland drew him out into the world. Chairing SDWG is a return to the Arctic Council for Stefán Skjaldarson. He was involved in the Rovaniemi Process – a forerunner of today’s Council – and took part in the preparatory meetings for establishing the Arctic Council. In this brief interview, he speaks about experiences and inspiration guiding his work for SDWG over the coming years.

  • First meeting during Iceland's Arctic Council Chairmanship

    On 18-19 June 2019, Arctic Council delegates gathered in Reykjanesbær, Iceland, for the first Senior Arctic Officials’ executive meeting during the Chairmanship of Iceland (2019-2021). Amongst other things, the Senior Arctic Officials, joined by the Permanent Participants and representatives of the Council’s Working Groups, discussed initiatives falling under Iceland’s priority themes.