UN Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance in Iraq. Former Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and Regional Director of UN Women in Europe and Central Asia. Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland 2007-2009 and Mayor of Reykjavik 1994-2003. Founding member of a Women’s Party in Iceland and represented it in the Reykjavik City Council and the National Parliament.

A reflection on the theme: 'Towards a Loving World, Leadership and Governance for Well-Being'.

Well-being and happiness is our ultimate goal and what we are all striving for. We tend to take the easy way out - look for shortcuts or quick fix - but there is no such thing. It takes a lot of work and commitment, empathy and solidarity, to ensure well-being both for individuals and communities.