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UN high-level week under way
The United Nations General Assembly – the United Nations annual high-level week – is currently under way in New York. Government representatives from the Member States will be at the UN throughout the week. Sweden is represented by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate Isabella Lövin and Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström. Priorities for Sweden include conflict prevention, the women, peace and security agenda, climate change and the Global Deal.
The Ocean Conference concluded in New York
"I truly believe this conference will constitute the gamechanger we so desperately need. Now the work really begins to save our oceans", said Minister for International Development and Climate Isabella Lövin as The Ocean Conference concluded in New York on Friday. The Conference adopted a Call for Action where all 193 Member States agree to a set of measures to reverse the decline of the sea. Over 1 300 voluntary commitments were made in order to to save the world’s oceans.
Statement of Foreign Policy 2017
On Wednesday 15 February 2017, 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 will be 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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