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

  • Conflict prevention measures can save billions, shows Swedish-financed study by the UN and the World Bank

    Photo:Julia Kviberg/Regeringskansliet

    A new study by the UN and the World Bank – Pathways for Peace – to be presented in Stockholm on Wednesday shows that investments in conflict prevention measures can mean savings of between USD 5 billion and 70 billion per year. The presentation will be attended by the authors of the study, as well as State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Annika Söder and State Secretary Ulrika Modéer.

  • New strategy to raise ambition regarding global efforts for environmental sustainability

    Man with a boat on a beach.
    "Water is a fundamental prerequisite for all life on Earth, and therefore also a condition for human health and well-being." says Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate. Photo: UN Photo/Milton Grant

    Reduced emissions, increased resilience to climate change, and more sustainable management of water, ecosystems and natural resources. These are some of the goals aimed for in development efforts. In March 2018, the Government decided on the new strategy for Sweden’s global development cooperation in the areas of environmental sustainability, sustainable climate and ocean, and sustainable use of natural resources. The strategy applies for the five years 2018–2020.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström
Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström. Foto: Anders Löwdin

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.

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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