The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has appointed Justice of the Supreme Administrative Court Helena Jäderblom as judge to the European Court of Human Rights. She will take up her post in autumn 2012 for a nine-year term. Ms Jäderblom succeeds Elisabet Fura, who took office as Chief Parliamentary Ombudsman on 1 June 2012.
Human rights in Belarus and Syria, and an initiative on online freedom of expression presented by Sweden and others, will receive particular attention at the upcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
The three-week Council meeting started on Monday 18 June and will conclude on Friday 6 July after an intensive programme of work.
In the spring, Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson announced a competition for upper secondary school pupils to write a speech about sustainable development and global challenges for Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro.
More than 170 pupils entered the competition and the winner was Evangelina Lindberger with her speech "Dreams of a sustainable future". Evangelina is travelling to Rio de Janeiro as part of the Swedish delegation. Her speech will be distributed in a booklet along with eleven others at Rio+20 on 20-22 June.
"I am proud and overwhelmed by the knowledge and commitment of these young people. Their overall message to the participants at Rio+20 is clear: sustainable development and a better future is possible, but it demands that we start to act today," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson.
Today Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt will participate in the Pan-European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG), which this year is being arranged in Stockholm. Mr Bildt will take part in a discussion on topics including democracy and the internet, internet freedom and the balance between freedom and security, together with Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Ehsan Norouzi of Deutsche Welle, Marietje Schaake, Member of the European Parliament, and Mats Svegfors, Director-General of Sveriges Radio.
The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) will take place in Rio de Janeiro next week. In the lead up to Rio+20, the conference report from Stockholm+40 - Partnership Forum for Sustainable Development Stockholm, held on 23-25 April 2012, has now been presented. The conference report summarises the conference's important messages and you can also read about the various sessions and a number of interviews with some of the conference participants.
Gunilla Carlsson meets Burmese parliamentarians
On the invitation of Sida, 17 Burmese parliamentarians are visiting Sweden on 6-14 June and are today meeting Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson. The purpose of the visit is to give the parliamentarians an opportunity to learn more about Swedish society.
On Sunday 3 June Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt received US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Stockholm for discussions. Among the topics discussed were the economic situation in the EU and current foreign policy issues. Particular focus was on the difficult situation in Syria, developments in the European vicinity, as well as internet freedom issues.
The Government's vision of 'Sweden - the new culinary nation' is intended to create growth and employment. Swedish food is being promoted abroad as part of an effort to increase exports. One way to present our flavours around the world is via the kitchens at Swedish embassies. Last week, 15 embassy chefs were in Stockholm for an inspiration and training visit.
On 29 May, Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth will open the travelling exhibition "To me there's no other choice - Raoul Wallenberg 1912-2012" at the Andrei Sakharov Museum and Public Center in Moscow, as part of the Raoul Wallenberg Week, taking place in the city from 28 May to 1 June.
Sweden has reached the halfway point of its Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt is travelling to Canada for political discussions on issues concerning the Arctic region and the work of the Arctic Council. During the afternoon, Mr Bildt delivered a key policy speech on the Arctic at Carleton University, where he emphasised that the Arctic region is changing and facing major challenges, of which climate change is the greatest.