Margot Wallström

Margot Wallström

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Ministry for Foreign Affairs

“Sweden is a strong voice in the world. This is down to our long-term and global engagement. Our high level of credibility in international contexts is built on a well thought-out foreign policy on issues such as common security, human rights, democracy, aid and development. This is something we should benefit from and develop further.”

News from Margot Wallström

  • Press briefing with Federica Mogherini and Margot Wallström

    On Monday 10 October, Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström received High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini for talks. Agenda items included the war in Syria, regional security and the EU global strategy for foreign and security policy. During Ms Mogherini’s visit, media representatives were invited to a press briefing, which also was webcasted on the Government’s website.

  • Opinion piece by Löfven and Wallström: "We in Sweden are not alone in our frustration at violations in the Middle East"

    Illustration: Government Offices of Sweden

    Opinion piece in SvD 16 October 2016 by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs. The images of human suffering in Syria are heart-rending. Hospitals are bombed, and small children are dug out of the ruins. Humanitarian assistance is not getting through. It is unbearable to behold. The UN Secretary-General has likened Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, to a slaughterhouse and the bombs continue to fall.

Photo: UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Humanitarian year 2016

Humanitarian needs in the world are increasing. At the same time, more and new types of crises and disasters have hampered response efforts in a situation in which humanitarian resources are already limited. Humanitarian issues are the focus of aid and development policy in 2016.

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: The Government Offices of Sweden

Statement of Foreign Policy 2016

The foreign policy debate is held in the Riksdag each year and traditionally begins with the Minister for Foreign Affairs presenting the Statement of Government Policy on Foreign Affairs.

Photo: Jonas Svensson, Swedish Armed Forces

Sweden in the UN Security Council

On 28 June last year, Sweden was elected by a wide margin as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2017–2018 term. In 2017 Sweden will take its seat on the Security Council with the five permanent members – China, France, Great Britain, Russia and the United States – and the nine other non-permanent members. Sweden will hold the presidency of the Security Council in January 2017, the first month of its two-year term.

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