Minister for Foreign Affairs, Carl Bildt
21 May 2013
On 22 - 23 May, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs is holding the Stockholm Internet Forum on Internet Freedom for Global Development - SIF13 - together with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Internet Infrastructure Foundation (.SE). Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt will host the conference. This year, over 400 participants from more than 90 countries will be coming to SIF to discuss how internet freedom and openness can have a positive impact on human rights and development in the world.
Govenrment newsletter: Sweden pushing for human rights
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that all human beings, irrespective of country, culture and context, are born free and equal in dignity and rights. This week the Government is hosting a conference on the importance of the internet for human rights around the world. Read more in the Government newsletter.
On 15 May, ministers and delegates from the eight Arctic states, representatives of the indigenous peoples in the Arctic region, researchers and observers gathered in Kiruna. Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt and minister for the Environment Lena Ek participated. The ministerial meeting was attended by around 300 people and marked the end of the Swedish chairmanship and the start of the Canadian chairmanship of the Arctic Council.
On Tuesday 14 May, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt received US Secretary of State John F. Kerry in Stockholm for talks. Discussion points at the meeting focused on current foreign policy issues, including the developments in Syria, the possibility of stepping up the Middle East peace process and the international community's future engagement in Afghanistan. They also discussed the negotiations on a free trade agreement between the EU and the US.
13 May 2013
Government newsletter: More young people in work
Ministry of Finance,
09 May 2013
Ministers' joint trip to expand Sweden-Africa relations
Ministry of the Environment,
08 May 2013
Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting
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