Ambassador Arctic Affairs Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials
Ambassador Gunnarsson has been working with MFA's Arctic Affairs Division since August 2018 preparing for Iceland's Chairmanship of the Arctic Council from 2019 until 2021. Prior to that he served as Iceland's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York from 2015 where he amongst other responsibilities chaired the Third Committee of the General Assembly during its 72nd session.
Mr. Gunnarsson was the Permanent Secretary of State in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for five years from 2009 until 2014 dealing with the aftermath of the economic crisis in 2008. These were tumultuous times for Iceland's foreign relations marked with difficult disputes with two neighbouring countries and at that time the highly contested question on the future relationship of Iceland with the European Union. Before serving as Permanent Secretary of State Mr. Gunnarsson held various positions in the Icelandic Foreign Service such as Director of International Trade Negotiations, Director of Personnel, Deputy Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Geneva, Counsellor at the Mission of Iceland to the European Union in Brussels, Counsellor in the External Trade Department in the Ministry and Legal Advisor in the Defense Department in the Ministry.
After finishing his law studies from the University of Iceland in 1992 Mr. Gunnarsson worked as a lawyer and a District Court Advocate at a private law firm in Reykjavik until he joined the Foreign Service in 1996.
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Senior Arctic Official for Iceland Director of Arctic Affairs
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Foreign Ministry Career - 2018 – MFA, Senior Arctic Official - 2016 – 2017 Embassy of Iceland, Stockholm, Deputy Chief of Mission - 2013 – 2016 MFA, EEA Affairs, Director - 2009 – 2013 MFA, Iceland‘s Accession Negotiations with the European Union, Member of Chief Negotiating Committee (resp. EEA Chapters) - 2009 – 2010 MFA, Iceland Export Services, Director - 2006 – 2009 Embassy of Iceland, Copenhagen, Deputy Chief of Mission - 2002 – 2004 MFA, Arctic Council Secretariat, Executive Secretary - 2002 – 2005 MFA, Dept. for environment and natural resources - 2000 – 2002 Embassy of Iceland, Paris, First Secretary (resp. UNESCO) - 1999 – 2000 MFA, Directorate for Trade and External Relations, First Secretary
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Counsellor, Arctic Affairs; Deputy SAO & SDWG Head of Delegation
Senior Adviser, Arctic Affairs
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Special Adviser for Arctic Affairs
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