Sweden is to open a Consulate-General in New York. The move will strengthen Sweden's diplomatic presence in one of the world's most important cities. The Consulate-General will strengthen brand Sweden by contributing to enhanced cultural, economic and popular exchange between Sweden and the United States.
On 20 November, is the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér are at the United Nations in New York to take part in the celebrations. The Government is committed to strengthening the rights of the child and has begun work on making the Convention on the Rights of the Child part of Swedish law.
- Speech: Address at panel debate 25 years of the CRC: is the world a better place for children?
- Debate article: Children come first - in Sweden and around the world
- News article: Government wants to strengthen Sweden's relations with the UN
- News article: Minister celebrates 25 years of the Child Rights Convention
Prime Minister's comments on Swedish Armed Forces analysis of intelligence operation in Stockholm archipelago
On Friday 14 November, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Sverker Göranson presented the Swedish Armed Forces analysis of the intelligence operation conducted in October in the Stockholm archipelago. The analysis shows that there is conclusive evidence that Sweden was subjected to a violation of its waters. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven commented on the analysis at a press conference.
On 12 November, the Swedish Consul General in Jerusalem Ann-Sofie Nilsson signed an agreement with the UNDP, in the presence of the Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, for additional support from Sweden for reconstruction efforts in Gaza. According to the agreement, Sweden will fund a UNDP-led project for removal of rubble from infrastructure damaged during the war in Gaza this summer. This additional support amounts to SEK 24 million. Last week, the Swedish Government adopted a new five year strategy for the development cooperation with Palestine.
Prime Minister's Office, Ministry for Foreign Affairs,
10 November 2014
Government meeting with the foreign diplomatic corps
Ministry for Foreign Affairs,
30 October 2014
Sweden recognises Palestine and increases aid
Prime Minister's Office,
27 October 2014
EU summit focuses on environment and climate
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a major problem for the countries affected, and Sweden has therefore provided extensive humanitarian support.
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