7 October 2016, Ceremonial Hall, University of Iceland
The University of Iceland and the City of Reykjavik launched Höfði Reykjavik Peace Centre on October 7 2016. The opening seminar entitled Rethinking Peace and Power was held in the Ceremonial Hall of the University of Iceland, with opening remarks by Mr. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President of Iceland.
Steve Killelea, Founder & Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace and author of the Global Peace Index and Annika Bergman Rosamond, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Lund University, gave the keynote addresses. Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector of the University of Iceland, Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Dagur B. Eggertsson, Mayor of the City of Reykjavik, also addressed the seminar.
Amongst other speakers were Michele Acuto, Professor in Diplomacy and Urban Theory at University College London and Melanie Greenberg, President and CEO of Alliance for Peacebuilding.
Conference: “Reykjavik Summit: 30th Anniversary”
8 October 2016, Ceremonial Hall, University of Iceland
On October 8 HÖFÐI Reykjavík Peace Centre organized a conference that was dedicated to the commemoration of the 1986 summit meeting of presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, a historical event that marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War. Amongst speakers were Ms. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, former President of Iceland, Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Dagur B. Eggertsson, Mayor of Reykjavík. In addition, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, gave a special address at the conference.
Conference: “25 Years Nordic-Baltic Cooperation”
26 September 2016, Nordic House, Reykjavik, Iceland
In 1991, the three Baltic countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, regained their independence following the democratic wave that swept across the region. 25 years later, the Nordic-Baltic cooperation is a well-established priority for all the states in question. Speakers at this conference included foreign ministers from the three Baltic countries and Iceland, and Mr. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President of Iceland.