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Stand by the nervous system.

In 2015, the Institute of Spinal Cord Injury, Iceland (ISCI) embarked on a collection of signatures in Iceland, together with 6 associations of groups involved with damages and diseases of the spinal cord, under the slogan: Stand by the nervous system. Approximately 26,000 people signed the petition sent to Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the then-Secretary-General of the United Nations. The letter requested that the Secretary-General use his influence to ensure that increased understanding of the manner in which the nervous system operates be made one of the development goals of the United Nations. This attempt, however, was not successful. Instead, Iceland achieved the milestone of adding to the policy declaration to 2030 that improvements should be made to neurological treatments as well as adding substantive issues on brain and spinal cord injury to the resolutions of the United Nations as regards road safety. The President of Iceland of Iceland at that time, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, and former President of Iceland, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, the patroness of ISCI, supported the petition; you can access interviews with them by clicking the link below.


Speech given by Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson Iceland´s Minister for Foreign Affairs at the UN General Assembly 2018


Madame President, The United Nations has played a critical role in promoting peace and development for all. Most indices, measuring human development tell a positive story - a story of our...

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Statement by Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Prime Minister of Iceland, 26 September 2015 at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015


Honourable President This autumn has already produced a truly impressive harvest. The 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda alone, amount to a bumper crop and I am optimistic that...

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Speech given by Gréta Gunnarsdóttir, Iceland’s Ambassador to the United Nations, on global road safety and the consequences of brain…


Mr. President, Road Safety is important for all States alike and Iceland is pleased to have cosponsored the resolution again this year. We are now in the fourth year of the Decade...

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International Database

International Database for spinal cord injury


Icelandic Health Authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO) with the support of the Council of Europe have launched an international effort to accumulate information on various therapies and procedures that have the potential to restore function in people who have sustained a spinal cord injury (SCI).

The project is built on a belief that if we can open-mindedly integrate the divergent pieces of the puzzle that exist throughout the world - whether they originate in the US, China, Russia etc., whether they reflect the perspectives of Western or Eastern medicine, or whether they reflect the contributions of large medical centers or small clinics - restoration of function is a real-world possibility now and not just some distant pie-in-the-sky possibility.

The overall goal of this database is to make information on diverse therapies more readily available to people with SCI, their family, friends, and caregivers.


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