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Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations Human Rights Council: Sweden's national mid-term report

This report follows up the implementation of the recommendations Sweden accepted during its review in the UPR in May 2010. The next review of Sweden within the UPR, which among other things aims at following up the first review, is scheduled for 2015. Sweden is thereby approximately in the middle of the implementation phase.

Prime minister on the steps of the Parliament building. Prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt arrives at the the opening of the Riksdag session. Photo: Martina Huber/Regeringskansliet

Statement of government policy presented

"A new world is emerging. A world where increased competition places higher demands on Sweden's ability to adapt. For this reason, we are now taking important steps to build a stronger Sweden capable of meeting the challenges that lie ahead. We are investing in the conditions for growth: infrastructure, research and innovation, enterprise, education and housing. And, at the same time, we are investing in social cohesion and welfare: in health care and social services, additional support to people in tight financial situations, integration and gender equality, and safety from crime." These were the words of Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt when he read the statement of government policy on the opening of the Riksdag session.

Government newsletter - Children and good conditions for growing up

The Government wants to strengthen support and protection for children who are neglected or abused, or risk being neglected or abused. Among other things the Government proposes more support for foster homes, strengthened preventive measures and stepped up controls. Read more about this in the Government Newsletter.

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Conference on need for reforms for more jobs and stable growth

The Ministry of Finance held a conference on Friday 7 September on the need for reforms to bring about more jobs and stable growth, and what Sweden can learn from the German economy. The conference was attended by German Federal Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäuble and Minister for Finance Anders Borg, among others. In connection with the seminar, a press conference with the ministers was also held. You can select which part of the conference you would like to see by clicking on the arrow to the right in the player.

Sweden reports to the UN on its compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Government's assessment in its report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is that Swedish legislation is well in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, but that the application of this legislation must be further ensured. All countries that have acceded to the Convention on the Rights of the Child are to submit a report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child every fifth year on their efforts to implement the Convention. The Government submitted its report to the UN on 31 August 2012.

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Boost for Cultural Heritage - Jobs initiative to preserve cultural heritage

Through the Boost for Cultural Heritage jobs initiative, the Government is combining the need to preserve cultural heritage and the cultural environment with providing people who have been absent from the labour market because of ill health with the opportunity to engage in meaningful and stimulating employment. Read more about this in the Government newsletter.

Minister for Rural Affairs Eskil Erlandsson and Chinese Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu. Minister for Rural Affairs Eskil Erlandsson and Chinese Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu. Photo: The Government Offices of Sweden

Trade between Sweden and China facilitated

An agreement to facilitate trade between Sweden and China, enhance safety in agriculture and increase quality in food production was signed by Minister for Rural Affairs Eskil Erlandsson and Chinese Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu today.

Focus on young people and clearer response to crime

The Government has taken many initiatives against crime. It has for example taken initiatives to shorten processing times for young offenders. The report of the Sentencing Inquiry, delivered on 31 May, contains a number of proposals concerning young offenders. Read more about this in the Government newsletter.

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Government Offices takes part in Pride

For the eighth year in a row, the Government Offices is among the exhibitors at Stockholm Pride. This year the festival opens on 31 July and will run until 4 August. Stockholm Pride is the largest festival in the Nordic countries that highlights LGBT issues and creates a free zone for homosexual, bisexual, transgender and queer people. This year's theme is Together.

International Arms Trade Treaty postponed

The month-long conference on an international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) ended on Friday at the UN headquarters in New York. The conference did not succeed in agreeing on a treaty text within the allotted timeframe.

Some 90 countries, including Sweden and the other EU Member States, made a joint statement concerning continued discussions on the basis of the latest text proposed by the President.