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Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin at the press conference. Photo: Catarina Axelsson, MFA Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin at the press conference. Photo: Catarina Axelsson, MFA

Sweden contributes medical care efforts in the fight against Ebola

The Government has decided to contribute an additional SEK 100 million in humanitarian support to efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

"Sweden is now responding to the UN request for more personnel and other resources. Sweden has many competent people who want and are able to contribute effectively the fight against Ebola. It is essential that all actors do their utmost. Ebola is now a global security issue," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström in conversation with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Photo: Tomas Brundin/Government Offices Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström in conversation with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Photo: Tomas Brundin/Government Offices

Sweden's increased support to Palestine

At the Cairo International Conference on Palestine 'Reconstructing Gaza', held this weekend, Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström announced Sweden's increased support to Palestine.

"Our coming recognition of Palestine aims at making the parties to the conflict less unequal. It aims at supporting moderate Palestinians and providing a positive injection into the dynamics of the Middle East peace process. Our diplomatic and political efforts are accompanied by substantial economic support," said Ms Wallström in her speech.

Minister for Foreign Affairs congratulates Nobel Peace Prize recipients

The Minister for Foreign Affairs has offered her congratulations to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai following the announcement today by the Norwegian Nobel Committee that they are both to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The third Peacebuilding Fund Advisory Group presents its final report on the Fund to the UN Secretary-General on 7 October 2014. Photo: UN Peace Building Fund

Ban Ki-moon praises Swedish leadership of United Nations Peacebuilding Fund

The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund has an annual turnover of eighty million USD and finances peacebuilding measures in about twenty countries. Since 2012, Sweden, through Ambassador Jan Knutsson, has led the strategic work in the Fund's advisory group at the request of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. On 7 October 2014 Ambassador Knutsson presented a summary report to the Secretary-General.

Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation. Photo: Johan Tegel/The Government Offices

Wallström and Lövin welcomed

A meeting was held at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs this afternoon for staff to meet the two new ministers: Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation.

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