On 15 May, ministers and delegates from the eight Arctic states, representatives of the indigenous peoples in the Arctic region, researchers and observers gathered in Kiruna. Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt and minister for the Environment Lena Ek participated. The ministerial meeting was attended by around 300 people and marked the end of the Swedish chairmanship and the start of the Canadian chairmanship of the Arctic Council.
On Tuesday 14 May, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt received US Secretary of State John F. Kerry in Stockholm for talks. Discussion points at the meeting focused on current foreign policy issues, including the developments in Syria, the possibility of stepping up the Middle East peace process and the international community's future engagement in Afghanistan. They also discussed the negotiations on a free trade agreement between the EU and the US.
It is important that young people find jobs and become independent. The Government has implemented a number of reforms and initiatives to make it easier for young people to enter the labour market and these efforts are continuing. Read more about this in the Government newsletter.
On 9-10 May, Minister for Finance Anders Borg ,Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt, Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson, Minister for Trade Ewa Björling, and Minister for EU Affairs Birgitta Ohlsson will be taking part in the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF) in Cape Town. On 5-12 May, in connection with the WEF, some of the ministers will also visit Ethiopia, Nigeria, Angola and Zimbabwe.
Ministry of the Environment,
08 May 2013
Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting
29 April 2013
Government newsletter: Health care with a focus on patients
Ministry of Finance,
25 April 2013
Update of Sweden's convergence programme 2013
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