A boy writing words on the ground. Photo: UN Photo/Laura Jarriel

Sweden in the UN Security Council

News from the Government and Government Offices

  • Prime Minister Löfven received UN Secretary-General António Guterres

    Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and UN Secretary-General António Guterres met for talks on Monday 23 April at the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm. Subjects for discussion included how the UN’s work on refugee flows, crises and conflicts can be strengthened, Sweden’s work on the UN Security Council and reform of UN working methods.

  • The 2018 Spring Budget: Building our society – a secure and sustainable Sweden

    Finance Magdalena Andersson
    Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson presented on 16 April, the Government presents its Spring Fiscal Policy Bill. Photo: Government Offices

    On 16 April, the Government presents its Spring Fiscal Policy Bill and a proposed spring amending budget to the Riksdag. In the Spring Fiscal Policy Bill, the Government presents its economic assessment and the direction of fiscal policy ahead of the budget for 2019. In the amending budget, the Government proposes changes to the budget during the current fiscal year. “We have taken Sweden in a new direction. Investments in jobs, health care, schools and the climate have borne fruit. The Government is now making additional investments for a secure and sustainable Sweden,” says Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson.

Ambassador Carl Skau addressing the press
Going to Backåkra "offers an important opportunity to step back and reflect", said Swedish Ambassador Carl Skau, addressing the press ahead of the visit. Photo: UN Photo / Manuel Elias

The Secretary-General’s Security Council Retreat in Backåkra, Sweden

The Secretary-General annual retreat with the Security Council will take place at Backåkra, the private estate of former-Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjöld, in southern Sweden from 21 – 22 April.

Prime Minister Löfven and Prime Minister Modi outside Rosenbad.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Prime Minister Narendra Modi outside Rosenbad. Foto: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices.

Innovation and sustainable development the focus of Indian official visit

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Sweden on 16–17 April. India is currently the world’s fastest growing major economy, and the Swedish Government is working to strengthen Sweden's role as a key partner in the areas of sustainability and innovation.

A women and a man pointing on a digital board
In 2018 the Government will give particular priority to questions concerning a social Europe for jobs and inclusive growth; an ambitious climate, energy and environment policy; a common asylum system and expanded cooperation on migration; and a secure EU in a secure world. Photo: Folio/Florian Küttler

The Swedish Government’s overall EU priorities

By highlighting the most important issues in EU work for the fourth time in this electoral term, the Government is focusing its efforts where they are best needed, which enhances Sweden’s ability to influence developments. In 2018 the Government will give particular priority to questions concerning a social Europe for jobs and inclusive growth; an ambitious climate, energy and environment policy; a common asylum system and expanded cooperation on migration; and a secure EU in a secure world.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström presented the 2018 Statement of Foreign Policy in the Riksdag.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström presents the 2018 Statement of Foreign Policy in the Riksdag. Photo: Anders Löwdin/Riksdagsförvaltningen

Minister for Foreign Affairs presented Government Statement of Foreign Policy

On 14 February, Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström presented the 2018 Statement of Foreign Policy in the Riksdag. The traditional foreign policy debate followed. The Statement of Foreign Policy outlines the Government’s visions for Sweden’s work in the world and Swedish foreign policy positions.

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