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Peace Center to Be Established in Reykjavík

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Peace Center to Be Established in Reykjavík

Höfði house

Höfði. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson and rector of the University of Iceland Kristín Ingólfsdóttir signed a cooperative agreement yesterday on launching preparations for establishing a Peace Center in Reykjavík.

The agreement was signed in Höfði, the historical building where the Reagan-Gorbachev summit took place in 1986, marking the beginning of the end of the Cold War.

The Peace Center, which is to launch operations in the autumn of 2015, will be facilitated at the university’s Institute of International Affairs.

The Peace Center’s goal is to support Reykjavík’s image as a city of peace and provide consultation in peace-related affairs at home and abroad. It will contribute to constructive communication, less violence and peaceful relations between states and international institutions, as stated in a press release.

The center’s consultative committee is chaired by former Mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr. Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir represents the University of Iceland and Svanhildur Konráðsdóttir the City of Reykjavík. They were all present at yesterday’s signing.

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