H.E. Ambassador Gunnar Pálsson to Present “Iceland - Past, Present, and Future”

Teaneck, NJ (February 2, 2008) – H.E. Ambassador Gunnar Pálsson, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations, will share his views on the past, present and future of Iceland on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. The Ambassador will answer questions from the audience following his presentation on the Metropolitan Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. The event will take place in the Multipurpose Room, Student Union Building, River Road, Teaneck.

His experience includes environmental issues, chemical weapons, NATO, the European Union and diplomatic service.

Pálsson directed natural resources and environmental affairs at Iceland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs from 2002 to 2006 and served as Chairman of the Senior Arctic Officials of the Arctic Council.

He served as ambassador and permanent representative of Iceland to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Western European Union in Brussels and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague (1998-2002).

Prior to his current position, Mr. Pálsson served as Iceland’s ambassador to India, as well as Sri Lanka, Singapore, Nepal, Maldives and Mauritius.  

Ambassador Pálsson started his career as a journalist and then joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1984. He became a member of the international staff of NATO in Brussels in 1986.  Mr. Pálsson returned to Reykjavik as a Counsellor at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, where he became a Deputy Under-Secretary for Political Affairs in 1992, remaining in that position until 1994.

Before earning a Ph.D. in political science from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Pálsson earned his bachelor’s degree in politics and philosophy and master’s degree in philosophy from University College in Dublin.

Fairleigh Dickinson’s Office of Global Learning, in collaboration with the Ambassador’s Club at the United Nations, presents this United Nations Pathways Lecture.

The Ambassador’s lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments are available at 6 p.m.  For further information, please call Dr. Jo Anne Murphy at 973-443-8876 or email her at jo-anne_murphy@fdu.edu.

For Immediate Release

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Photo Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) receives the credentials of Gunnar Pálsson, new Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations. Jan. 8, 2009

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