On Saturday, October 8, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will address a symposium in Háskólabíó cinema to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Reykjavík Summit, when US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev met in Höfði house. The symposium runs from 3 pm until 6 pm.
The symposium, which is open to the public, will cover global effects of the summit, believed by many to have marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War. Current challenges in international affairs will also be on the agenda.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Lilja Alfreðsdóttir and Former President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir will address the symposium. Speeches will be given by Ambassador Albert Jónsson and Assistant Professor of Political Studies Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, followed by a panel discussion.
The symposium will be held in Icelandic as well as English. It’s part of a program in the City of Reykjavík, called Days of Peace, intended to celebrate peace.