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Ávarp utanríkisráðherra í þróunarnefndar Alþjóðabankans og Alþjóðagjaldeyrissjóðsins fyrir hönd Norðurlanda og Eystrasaltsríkja

Thank you chair and congratulations Kristalina on your new role.
 
With an uncertain global economic situation and immediate and long-term threats from climate change we must intensify our efforts to reach the goals and agreements we have commonly committed to, including the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. 

The World Bank Group is in a unique position to pull together all the strands of this agenda, and we expect the Bank to play a strong and systemic role moving forward. 
I want to highlight five issues:

First, the World Development Report underlines the importance of a rule-based trade system for global economic progress. We strongly support the call to strengthen multilateral cooperation in governance and institutions supportive of open and fair trade. While global value chains can continue to boost growth and reduce poverty, equitable distribution of gains and environmental sustainability must be ensured.

Second, there is an urgent need to respond to the immense growth prospects of the labour force in low income countries. Through the Jobs and Economic Transformation agenda the Bank has to support countries in the transition to green and inclusive economies with more and better jobs. Mobilizing the private sector and harnessing new technologies is crucial. 

Third, more and better investments to improve education, health and social protection should be a priority, especially in low-income and fragile countries. We welcome the achievements in the Human Capital project to date and the proposed next steps. We stress that intensifying investments in sexual and reproductive health and rights is key to this agenda and to fully reap the demographic dividend.

Fourth, IDA (International Development Association) maintains its central role in supporting the poorest countries, addressing fragility and ensuring that no one is left behind. One of our biggest tasks ahead is to reach a successful Replenishment of IDA19. We support the proposed approach to review the IDA voting rights system and we highlight that it needs to be fair, equitable and fit for purpose.

Fifth, gender equality is fundamental to achieve inclusive and sustainable development. It is long overdue that we close gender gaps with policies and actions for women’s empowerment and full economic participation.

The Bank is a cornerstone of a multilateral system that has contributed to deliver global growth and stability over the last seven decades. We call on the Bank, and its member states, to continue providing the necessary political and financial support to help deliver the multilateral solutions we all need.

Finally, all this may be for little unless we can make progress in addressing the many threats posed by climate change. The Bank must continue its leadership so we can jointly achieve the targets as set out in the Paris Agreement. 

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Jóhannes uppljóstrari hótar fólki lífláti

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Netöryggiskeppni íslenskra ungmenna hófst í dag

Netöryggiskeppni íslenskra ungmenna (Níu), sem einnig gengur undir heitinu Nían, hófst í dag en um er að ræða fyrstu keppni sinnar tegundar á Íslandi. Markmið keppninnar er að leita að ungu fólki sem hefur áhuga á netöryggismálum og hvetja það til að vinna við þau í framtíðinni. Í keppninni leysa þátttakendur ýmis verkefni sem snúa að netöryggi, svo sem að framkvæma skarpskyggnipróf og árásir á netþjóna svo fátt eitt sé nefnt.

Keppnin nú er forkeppni fyrir landskeppni sem haldin verður á UT-messunni í febrúar á næsta ári. Keppnin er tvískipt, yngri deild er fyrir aldurshópinn 14-20 ára og eldri deild fyrir 21-25 ára. Miðað er við aldur í lok næsta árs, þar sem landskeppnni getur orðið undanfari þátttöku í evrópsku netöryggiskeppninni „European Cyber Security Challenge“ (ECSC) sem haldin er árlega. Hún var haldin í Búkarest, 9.-11. október sl. og verður næst haldin í Vínarborg, 3.-7. nóvember 2020. Verði Ísland með í þeirri keppni yrði tíu manna hópur valinn úr landskeppninni til að keppa fyrir Íslands hönd.

Keppnin hófst í dag, 1. nóvember 2019, og stendur yfir í tvær vikur eða til loka dags 15. nóvember. Hægt verður að skrá sig til og með 13. nóvember. Hver og einn leysir verkefnin á sínum hraða og sumir ættu jafnvel að geta lokið þeim á tveimur dögum.

Keppnin hérlendis er haldin að frumkvæði samgöngu- og sveitarstjórnarráðuneytisins, en öryggisfyrirtækið Syndis sér um framkvæmd keppninnar í samstarfi við ráðuneytið og fleiri aðila. Margir gefa framlag til keppninnar með ýmsum hætti og ekki hefði verið gerlegt að halda hana án þessa góða stuðnings. 

Nánari upplýsingar má fá á vef keppninnar antisec.is og þar má einnig skrá sig til þátttöku og hefja keppni. Forkeppnin fer öll fram á vefnum, en dómarar velja síðan þátttakendur til þátttöku í landskeppninni sem fer fram á UT-messunni í Hörpu, 7.-8. febrúar 2020.

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Ávarp á stofnfundi Rússnesk-íslenska viðskiptaráðsins

Stofnfundur Rússnesk-íslenska viðskiptaráðsins
Rússneska sendiráðinu
1. nóvember 2019

Ambassador, dear friends of Iceland and Russia,

It is truly a good occasion that brings us together here at the Russian Embassy today: the formal creation of the Russian-Icelandic Chamber of Commerce. I want to thank you Anton for your hospitality and thank all of you who have worked on creating the chamber.

The idea of creating a forum where Russian and Icelandic businesses can work together was pursued by the Icelandic Ambassador in Moscow, Berglind Ásgeirsdóttir, in connection to the 75th Anniversary of diplomatic relations that we celebrated last year. It is indeed cause for a celebration that this idea has now come to fruition. I am certain that the Chamber will be very useful for Russians and Icelanders doing business, for the benefit of both our countries, to have the chamber where they can work together, share ideas and cooperate.

Russia and Iceland are old friends and we have been doing business for decades. As you know we have been faced with grave challenges in the bilateral trade in the last few years that have significantly reduced the trade between us. But we have also seen new opportunities arise and cooperation starting in other areas.

I will be travelling to Moscow later this month for an official visit and I look forward to meeting my good counterpart, Mr. Lavrov. This will be the first trip of an Icelandic foreign minister to Moscow for 8 years.

As it is my hope is that this trip will help us to find ways to do more business together it gives me great pleasure to invite you, the members of the newly created Russian-Icelandic Chamber of Commerce, to join me in Moscow as I will bring a business delegation with me. The business delegation will visit the Skolkova Innovation Center, which is a vast business area in Moscow where close to 2.000 Russian high tech companies are working on innovation in areas such as IT, energy and biomedicine.

Our Ambassador in Russia, Berglind Ásgeirsdóttir, will host a special event at the Icelandic Residence in Moscow, where we will present opportunities that Icelandic businesses bring. This will be the first event of the newly established chamber, so I think it is safe to say that the Russian-Icelandic Chamber of Commerce is off to a very good start.

The Russian Icelandic Chamber of Commerce and Promote Iceland will send an email later today and I am told it is necessary to register quickly, so please keep that in mind.

I hope to see you all in Moscow and look forward to seeing business relations between Iceland and Russia deepen and grow in the future and the chamber playing an important role in bringing us closer.

Thank you.

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