On 6 September, Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt hosted a dinner for a US Congress delegation at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The delegation of four senators and a member of the House of Representatives is visiting Sweden on 4-7 September.
Free trade is the foundation of Swedish trade policy and contributes to increased economic growth, more jobs and increased prosperity.
"The world needs more openness and free trade, not less. The best way of opening up trade globally is via multilateral agreements. In this way we can ensure a fair, stable and predictable international trade system," says Minister for Trade Ewa Björling, who will speak at World Trade Day held in Stockholm today.
Statement by Sweden at the Organization of American States, OAS, Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs on the Situation between Ecuador and the United Kingdom, Washington 24 August 2012.
Sunday 19 August was World Humanitarian Day, and to mark the occasion Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson has written a personal article about Sweden's development assistance. Around 15 per cent of Sweden's development assistance goes to humanitarian operations; here the minister talks primarily about support to Syria.
Last week the Julian Assange case returned to the news when Ecuador chose to grant him asylum. Sweden regrets this development. What the case is about is that Sweden has issued a European arrest warrant requesting Assange's extradition from the United Kingdom on suspicion of sexual offences in Sweden. On Saturday we blogged about Sweden's view of the case.
On Monday we updated the blog post and added a Spanish translation.
To the left of the main entrance to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs at Gustav Adolfs Torg, Raoul Wallenberg's briefcase stands abandoned on a bench. The inauguration of the new memorial took place on Thursday evening August 16 and was attended by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, City Commissioner for Culture Madeleine Sjöstedt and Raoul Wallenberg's sister, Nina Lagergren. Also present were the artists, Ulla and Gustav Kraitz, coordinator Olle Wästberg and Marcus Storch, who sponsored the memorial. They were all in agreement on the purpose of the memorial: to keep the memory of Raoul Wallenberg's deeds alive.
Today's extraordinary meeting of the Political and Security Committee ended around five o'clock this afternoon.
The Member States expressed full support for the statement issued on 3 August by High Representative Catherine Ashton in which she expressed grave concern over the decision by Belarus.
It was also agreed that the Ambassadors of Belarus should be summoned to the Foreign Ministries of EU Member States, in order to receive the position of the EU in this regard.
The number of internally displaced persons is now estimated at almost one million as fighting intensifies across more parts of Syria. The escalating humanitarian crisis in Syria is placing heavy demands on the UN response system.
"In a country where secure humanitarian access for the UN is limited, coordinating and channelling help effectively, from both old and new donor countries, is an enormous challenge," said Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson, at Friday's press briefing on the humanitarian situation in Syria and Sweden's commitment to the region.
Sweden has decided to provide support totalling SEK 32 million in 2012 and 2013 to the WTO Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund. Since the outset, the fund has been an important instrument for strengthening the capacity of developing countries to participate in and benefit from international trade.
"Trade is a prerequisite for creating long-term sustainable growth and thus fighting poverty in developing countries. For several years, Sweden has been the largest donor to the WTO fund to increase the capacity of primarily the least developed countries to more actively participate in trade negotiations and benefit from the advantages of the multilateral trade system," says Minister for Trade Ewa Björling.