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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Minister for Sport wishes Olympic team every success
The Swedish Olympic Committee is sending a team of more than 130 members and leaders to the Olympic Games in London. The team includes many individual competitors and several squads, including football and handball squads. Minister for Culture and Sports Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth will be in London to follow the first few days of the Games.
In November 2011, the Government appointed the Commission on the Future of Sweden, which is led by the Prime Minister and consists of the Government party leaders as well as nine people with varying perspectives and from different parts of Swedish society. The Commission's task is to identify and analyse future challenges for society and what leads to them.
Agreement was reached today at the European Council on the final outstanding issue in the negotiations on unitary patent protection, i.e. where the seat of the Central Division of the Court of First Instance of the Unified Patent Court will be situated. The solution to the issue, which has been deadlocked since December, is that the seat of the Central Division will be in Paris, while some parts of it will be located in London and Munich.
Today Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt and Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson will present 44 new human rights reports. The reports concern the EU neighbourhood countries - Eastern Europe and the Balkans, Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. In connection with the presentation of the reports, the Government's human rights website www.manskligarattigheter.se is being relaunched.