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Foreign Ministers Radek Sikorski and Carl Bildt of Poland and Sweden made a joint statement on developments in Ukraine, on 1 December.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) session of the Assembly of States Parties in the Hague was concluded last week. During the session, Sweden announced a new contribution of SEK 36 million for the period 2013-2015 to the Trust Fund for Victims that was established in connection with the ICC. This is the largest single contribution ever from a State party.
Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It serves as a reminder of the enormous suffering that men's violence against women causes.
"In some countries, up to 7 out of 10 women have been victims of physical, sexual, mental or other types of violence during their lifetime. The Government takes this problem very seriously and has therefore decided to allocate an additional SEK 70 million to UN Women," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Hillevi Engström.
Minister for Trade Ewa Björling's visit to South Korea was dominated by promotion initiatives and meetings and discussions on trade policy, innovation and gender equality issues. At a meeting with her counterpart, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Yoon Sang-jick, Dr Björling discussed the implementation of the free trade agreement between the EU and South Korea.
Bilateral meetings on human rights in Iran
The Director-General for Legal Affairs at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Anders Rönquist visited Tehran, Iran on the 18-19 November 2013 for bilateral meetings on human rights and consular affairs.
Among issues raised by Sweden were the use of the death penalty, the situation for political dissidents and human rights defenders, freedom of expression, online as well as offline, the universality of human rights and the human rights situation for women and LGBT persons.
During the visit Mr Rönquist also met with Narges Mohammadi, who received the Per Anger Prize in 2011 for her persistent and public struggle for human rights and women's freedom in Iran.
20 November 2013
Global challenges and the future of Europe
19 November 2013
Close development cooperation with US
12 November 2013
Protecting girls and women in humanitarian emergencies
01 November 2013
Promotion of Swedish literature in focus
31 October 2013
Björling and Bildt in Nordic Council of Ministers meeting
30 October 2013
International vaccine meeting in Stockholm
29 October 2013
Carl Bildt participates in Barents Euro-Arctic Council meeting in Tromsø
24 October 2013
Sweden praised for aid transparency
21 October 2013
Hillevi Engström welcomes new UN resolution
15 October 2013
Bildt took part in Riksdag foreign policy debate
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25 November 2013SEK 70 million to UN Women on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women