Ministry for Foreign Affairs

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Sweden's missions abroad are responsible for Sweden’s foreign, development cooperation and trade policy.

Responsible ministers

Margot Wallström Minister for Foreign Affairs
Isabella Lövin Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister
Ann Linde Minister for EU Affairs and Trade

News from Ministry for Foreign Affairs

  • Advent calendar on the Global Goals

    Global Goals Calendar
    Global Goals Calendar Foto: Regeringskansliet

    In December, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs is publishing an Advent calendar containing 24 examples of how Sweden is working to achieve the Global Goals. Each window highlights an example of the work being done in Sweden or abroad by the Government and others. Check out the Global Goals Calendar at http://www.swemfa.se/globalgoalscalendar/.

  • The Swedish Government’s climate initiatives – three years into the electoral period

    Sweden is to become one of the world’s first fossil-free welfare nations, and the Government is now implementing the largest initiatives on climate and the environment in modern times.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström on her way to present the Statement of Foreign Policy.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström on her way to present the Statement of Foreign Policy. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand/Riksdagsförvaltningen

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.

Margot Wallström presenterade Utrikesdeklarationen 2015
Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström presented the Statement of Foreign Policy 2015 Photo: Melker Dahlstrand/The Swedish Parliament

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.

Photo: Jonas Svensson, Swedish Armed Forces

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 löp.jpg
The Ocean Conference löp.jpg Bild: UD

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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