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Margot Wallström met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Margot Wallström met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

How UN peacekeeping operations can become more effective

Conflicts today are more complex and more difficult to resolve than previously. Margot Wallström and the Director-General of the Folke Bernadotte Academy Sven-Eric Söder together write about how UN peacekeeping operations can be improved. Their conclusions come from a new Challenges Forum report, which Ms Wallström handed over to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 26 January.

Sweden has participated in the Challenges Forum since 1996. The Forum is an international network organisation with member organisations from 21 countries. Its international secretariat is at the Folke Bernadotte Academy in Stockholm.

Isabella Lövin new co-Chair on work against war and conflict

The OECD's International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF) has appointed Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin as its representative in the post of co-Chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS).

Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin met United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. Photo: Annika Flensburg/Government offices of Sweden

Isabella Lövin visits Lebanon and Geneva

Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin will travel to Lebanon on 20 January to discuss developments in the country linked to the Syrian crisis with Prime Minister Tammam Salam and with various organisations. During her visit, Ms Lövin will travel to the Bekaa Valley on the Syrian border to meet refugees and hear their stories.

On her way to Lebanon, Ms Lövin stopped in Geneva to meet Antonio Guterres, head of the UN Refugee Agency, Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Valerie Amos, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The aim was to discuss the Syrian crisis and how the international community can best respond to increasing humanitarian needs around the world.

Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs on the Paris attack

"The attack on the Paris offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is horrendous. The attack has left many dead. Our thoughts go to the victims and their families. It is also a deeply alarming attack on the fundamental freedom to spread information and express an opinion. This is essential for an open and democratic society. We must defend freedom of expression and freedom of the press in every way, and those responsible must be brought to justice."

"2015 - a year that sets the agenda for the future"

"In 2015, the world has no less than three opportunities to put humanity on the right track for the future. Within a six-month period, three major international conferences will be held that will affect development for decades to come," Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin writes in Sydsvenskan on 5 January.

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