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Talks between Swedish and North Korean foreign ministers concluded
On 15–17 March, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström and North Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Ri Yong-ho met in Stockholm for talks. The North Korean delegation also paid a courtesy call on Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. The talks focused primarily on the security situation on the Korean peninsula, which is high on the UN Security Council agenda. Sweden is a member of the Security Council for the 2017–2018 term.
Conflict prevention measures can save billions, shows Swedish-financed study by the UN and the World Bank
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.
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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