Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist visited the UN Headquarters in New York City

On May 15, Swedish Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist visited the UN Headquarters in New York City. In addition to visiting the Swedish Permanent Mission, the Minister for Defence also represented Sweden in an open debate on conflict-related sexual violence held at the UN Security Council.

Peter Hultqvist Minister for Defence in the Security Council
Peter Hultqvist Minister for Defence in the Security Council. Photo: UN Photo

During his visit to the UN, the Minister for Defence met with the Permanent Representative of Sweden Mr. Olof Skoog and his colleagues to discuss Sweden's role in the Security Council.

During the month of May, the presidency of the Security Council is held by Uruguay. The focus of the open debate on conflict-related sexual violence was particularly on sexual violence in conflict as a tactic of war and terrorism. Representing Sweden at the debate, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist expressed the views of the Swedish Government.

Minister for Defence Hultqvist also met with various United Nations Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding actors as well as with representatives of other Permanent Missions to the UN.

In June 2016 Sweden was one of ten non-permanent members elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly.