New Permanent Representative of Iceland Presents Credentials to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva
Einar Gunnarsson, the new Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented his credentials to Tatiana Valovaya, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Gunnarsson was, since 2021, Ambassador to the Office of the Permanent Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Reykjavik. From 2019 to 2021, he was Ambassador for Arctic Affairs in the same Ministry. From 2015 to 2018, he was Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations in New York, and he served as Permanent Secretary of State at the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2014. Mr. Gunnarsson also previously served at the Permanent Mission of Iceland to the International Organizations in Geneva as Deputy Permanent Representative/Minister-Counsellor from 2004 to 2006.
Having started his professional life as a lawyer in 1992, Mr. Gunnarsson served as Legal Adviser/Deputy Director of the Defence Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1996 to 1998. During his career in diplomatic service, he also served as Counsellor at Iceland’s Mission to the European Community and Embassy in Brussels (2000-2004), and as Director/Chief Negotiator of the International Trade Negotiations Department of the Iceland Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2008-2009).
A law graduate of the University of Iceland, Mr. Gunnarsson is married and has two children. He was born in 1966.
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