Ambassador for Children and Armed Conflict appointed

During its two-year term on the United Nations Security Council, Sweden's responsibilities include chairing the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC). This responsibility involves promoting the efficiency and effectiveness of the Working Group and the implementation of its mandate. Mr Olof Skoog, Sweden's Ambassador to the United Nations, is the current Chair of the Working Group for the period ending 31 December 2017.

Ms Gufran Al-Nadaf has been appointed Ambassador for Children and Armed Conflict. Based at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm, Ms Al-Nadaf will be responsible for coordinating Sweden's foreign and development policy issues related to children and armed conflict. Raising Sweden's profile on these issues is in the line with the Government's high level of ambition regarding human rights, children's rights and international humanitarian law, and is also closely linked with the women, peace and security action plan.

Ms Al-Nadaf has previously served as Swedish Ambassador to Argentina and held positions at the Middle East and North Africa Department, the Department for Asia and the Pacific Region and the Communications Department at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. She has also been stationed in Lima and Damascus, where she held the Lebanon portfolio.