United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
May 16, 2023
Readout of Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Visit to Ljosafoss Power Station and Thingvellir National Park
The below is attributable to U.S. Mission to the United Nations Spokesperson Nate Evans:
Today, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, visited the Ljosafoss Power Station, Iceland’s oldest hydroelectric power station, and Thingvellir, Iceland’s first national park.
At Ljosafoss, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield was briefed by Icelandic Minister of Environment, Energy, and Climate Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson on Iceland’s efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield praised Iceland for its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2040, as well as its progress in improving gender equity in the energy sector. The Ambassador and the Minister discussed ways the United States and Iceland can work together to accelerate progress on international climate goals and enhance our partnership on environmental affairs.
At Thingvellir National Park, Iceland’s only UNESCO World Heritage site, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield visited the original meeting place of the Althingi, Iceland’s parliament, which was first established in 930 A.D. as an open-air assembly representing the whole of Iceland. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield remarked on the strong ties the United States and Iceland share as champions of democracy and human rights.