Permanent Delegation of Iceland
The Embassy also acts as a Permanent Delegation of Iceland to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
Iceland is a founding member of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). In 2013 Iceland became member of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC). The goal of the OECD is to shape policies that foster prosperity, equality, opportunity, and well-being for all. Iceland, through its Permanent Delegation in Paris and Ministries and institutions in Iceland, is an active participant in the Organisation's activities, which range from establishing evidence-based international standards to finding solutions to various social, economic and environmental challenges.
The OECD was born out of the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation (OEEC) which oversaw the Marshall Plan for the reconstruction of Europe after World War II. Iceland was one of 20 countries signing the founding Convention of the OECD on 14 December 1960, pledging its full dedication to achieving the Organisation’s fundamental goals. The OECD´s motto is "Better policies for better lives".
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) was established in 1945 with headquarters in Paris. Iceland became a member of UNESCO in 1964 and appointed its first permanent representative (Mr. Pétur Thorsteinsson) to the organisation the same year. In 1983-1987 Iceland held a seat on the Executive Board of UNESCO and again 2001-2005, when the representative on the executive board was Mr. Sveinn Einarsson. Since 1998 the former President of Iceland, Mrs Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, has been very active as Goodwill Ambassador for Languages and was for 2 years the President of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST).
Iceland has ratified the following conventions:
18.9.1956 Universal copyright convention, Geneva 6.9.1952
2.12.1977 Convention on wetlands of international importance esp. as waterfowl habitat, Ramsar (Iran) 2.2.1971
11.6.1986 Protocol to amend the same, Paris 3.12.1982
18.6.1993 Protocol to amend the same, Regina, Canada, 28.5.1987
15.3.1994 International convention for the protection of performers, producers of phonograms and broadcast organisations, Rome 26.10.1961
19.12.1995 Convention for the protection of the world cultural and natural heritage, Paris 16.11.1972
9.2.2005 Convention on the illicit import, export & transfer of ownership of cultural property done at Paris 14.11.1970
5.10.2005 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, Paris 17.10.2003
11.4.1997 Convention on the recognition of qualifications concerning higher education in the Europe region 11.4.1997
2.7.2004 Thingvellir is chosen as World Heritage site