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

  • The Ocean Conference concluded in New York

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      Concluding session of The Ocean Conference in New York. On stage, from left: Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo, Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama from Fiji, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate Isabella Lövin and Under-Secretary-General Catherine Pollard.

      Photo: Lisa Laskaridis Sarmiento/Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations

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      Minister for International Development and Climate Isabella Lövin at the World Oceans Day in New York.

      Photo: UN

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      Celebration of World Oceans Day in the UN General Assembly hall in New York.

      Photo: UN

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      Crown Princess Victoria attending The Ocean Conference.

      Photo: Elisabeth Winqvist/Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations

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      Crown Princess Victoria in her role as Sustainable Development Goal Advocate.

      Photo: Elisabeth Winqvist/Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations

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      Isabella Lövin delivers Sweden’s national statement at the Ocean Conference on 6 June 2017.

      Photo: Nilofar Saidi/Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations

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      Panel discussion ‘Does the ocean need more science or more action?’ with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog, Sky News correspondent Thomas Moore, President of the United Nations General Assembly Peter Thomson, UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim, Prince Albert of Monaco and IOC-UNESCO Chair, Peter Haugan.

      Photo: Kensuke Matsueda

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      Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate Isabella Lövin welcomes UN Secretary-General António Guterres to the opening reception.

      Photo: Elisabeth Winqvist/Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations

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      Dress from plastic shoreline trash.

      Photo: Elisabeth Winqvist/Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations

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      Meeting in the United Nations Security Concil.

      Photo: UN

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      Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate Isabella Lövin at the United Nations Security Council on

      Photo: Government Offices of Sweden

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      Monaco held a side event - Monaco Explorations - attended by Prince Albert and Adrian Grenier, Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Environment Programme.

      Photo: Elisabeth Winqvist/Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations

    "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.

  • Our role in the United Nations Security Council is to prevent conflicts

    Photo: Kristian Pohl / Government Offices of Sweden

    Opinion piece by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström, published in Göteborgs-Posten on 14 April 2017.

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.

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The Ocean Conference löp.jpg Bild: UD

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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