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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 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.
Statement of Foreign Policy 2018
On Wednesday 14 February 2018, Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström presented the Statement of Foreign Policy to the Riksdag.
Feminist foreign policy
Equality between women and men is a fundamental aim of Swedish foreign policy. Ensuring that women and girls can enjoy their fundamental human rights is both an obligation within the framework of our international commitments, and a prerequisite for reaching Sweden’s broader foreign policy goals on peace, and security and sustainable development.
Sweden in the UN Security Council
Sweden is a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2017–2018. As an open country that is dependent on the rest of the world, it is in Sweden’s interests to contribute to and defend the international order, at the heart of which lie the United Nations and the Security Council. Sweden hold the presidency of the Security Council in January 2017.
The Ocean Conference
The Ocean Conference was held on 5–9 June and, in its capacity as co-initiator together with Fiji, Sweden wants to be sure of ambitious voluntary commitments to step up work on sustainable oceans, which are crucial to both combating poverty and economic development.
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