Minister 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
Sweden’s Presidency of the United Nations Security Council, January 2017
Sweden had three priorities for its month-long Presidency of the United Nations Security Council. Here is what we achieved.
MFA launches 135 human rights reports
On 26 April, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) presented 135 new country reports on human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The reports are available (in Swedish) on the Government website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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