Participants at the National Gathering on Saturday placed strong emphasis on honesty and integrity, particularly in the public sector and among public officials.
From the National Gathering in 2009. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.
They wished to see ethics and morality become a more integral part of Icelandic society, via various channels such as introducing morality and ethics into education at an early age, as stated on the National Gathering’s website.
Participants also wished to see a separation between religion and state. Human rights also featured strongly in the National Gathering’s results, as well as equal access to health care and education.
Participants wished to see Iceland participate in international cooperation and be an advocate of peace, including being a military- and nuclear-free zone.
There was a strong call for protection of Iceland’s nature and for clear laws and regulations to be set to ensure that Iceland’s natural resources remain under Icelandic control.
Moreover, participants wished for democracy to be a strong force in Icelandic society and to be based on principles such as the clear separation of power and transparency.
The full results will be submitted as guidelines reflecting the views of the Icelandic public to representatives elected to undertake the constitutional review next spring.
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