The Arctic environment ministers will meet at the ministerial level to discuss environmental issues in the Arctic. The theme for the meeting is Arctic change - global effects and the meeting will take place on 5-6 February in Jukkasjärvi, in the far north of Sweden.
Resilient dynamism is the theme of this year's World Economic Forum in Davos. When world leaders meet in the Swiss Alps this week, focus will be on the importance of cooperation and trust in the future in order to get through the economic crisis. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Minister for Finance Anders Borg and Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson will be there to represent the Swedish Government.
Minister for Rural Affairs Eskil Erlandsson will visit Beijing on 23-25 January, with the expectation of creating conditions to increase the export of such products as pork and chicken. During the visit, Mr Erlandsson will meet Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu, Minister of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine Zhi Shuping, and Minister of State Forestry Administration Jia Zhibang to discuss issues concerning agriculture, food and forestry.
At the turn of the year, Sweden assumed the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers. 'The Nordic model in a new era' is the main theme of the Swedish Presidency year and refers to how cooperation between the Nordic countries can be developed in an era of major changes around the world.
The EU has designated 2013 as the Year of Air. The Swedish Government is working actively on the issue of air quality - in Sweden, in the EU and globally. The Government's efforts to improve air quality are based on the environmental quality objective Clean air: air that is so clean that human and animal health, plants and cultural heritage are not damaged.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee will today award the Nobel Peace Prize to the EU for its contribution to peace and reconciliation in Europe. Minister for EU Affairs Birgitta Ohlsson welcomes the prize but adds that we must not take peace and democracy in Europe for granted.
"My most important political goal as Minister for EU Affairs is to introduce an annual review of EU Member States' compliance with human rights," she says.
During today's vote at the UN General Assembly in New York, Sweden will vote in favour of the draft resolution that clearly supports a two-state solution and gives Palestine non-member observer state status. Intensive diplomatic efforts have led up to today's vote. Sweden's approach throughout has been to strive for unity within the EU, but to vote in favour of the resolution if such a consensus was not possible to achieve.
Government newsletter - An ecologically sustainable and competitive energy policy ensuring security of supply
The Government's long-term energy policy priority is to design an energy system that combines ecological sustainability with competitiveness and security of supply. The challenge of climate change, closely linked with energy, is one of the major challenges facing society. Tackling this challenge requires investment in new technologies. Read more about this in the Government newsletter.
On 22 November the Ministry for Foreign Affairs hosted a worldwide book club - Storytellers of Sweden. During the course of the day various literary activities were held, such as panel debates and readings by more than 20 Swedish authors, including PO Enqvist, Majgull Axelsson and Camilla Läckberg. The event was conducted in English and was webcast.