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New Permanent Representative of Iceland Presents Credentials
(Based on information provided by the Protocol and Liaison Service.)
The new Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations, Gréta Gunnarsdóttir, presented her credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today.
Until her appointment, Ms. Gunnarsdóttir served as Director-General for International and Security Affairs in Iceland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2007.
She was Head of the Advisory Commission Secretariat of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) from 2006 to 2007, having served as Chief of its Analysis Unit between 2005 and 2007.
From 2004 to 2005, Ms. Gunnarsdóttir was Deputy Head of her country’s Mission to the European Union in Brussels. Before that, she served in the same capacity at Iceland’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York between 2000 and 2004.
She held the position of Counsellor in the Political Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1997 to 2000, having served in the Political Department of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels from 1994 to 1997 and First Secretary in the Icelandic Mission to the European Union in Brussels between 1991 and 1994.
From 1989 to 1991, Ms. Gunnarsdóttir was First Secretary in the Foreign Ministry’s Trade Department in Reykjavik, and held a similar position in the Ministry’s Political Department from 1988 to 1989.
She studied law at New York University and the University of Iceland.
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