Swedish conference in Washington to shed new light on trade
Minister for Trade Ewa Björling has invited around one hundred eminent figures from the trade sector to discuss future trade at a conference in Washington DC on Wednesday 25 March.
"We hope that this conference will lay the foundation for new ways of thinking about global trade," says Lars Elfvin from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs International Trade Policy Department.
First turf cut for the eco-city in China
Last week, the first turf was cut for the Caofeidian International Eco City, a cooperation project between Sweden and China in the field of green technology. The project aims at reducing emissions of greenhouse and other gases by means of integrated solutions for energy, water and waste when planning and constructing buildings and transport.Photo: Mr Li Yang
UN development assistance in the wake of the financial crisis
Both countries and organisations working with development cooperation are feeling the effects of the financial crisis.
"What is important is to safeguard the achievements made in poverty reduction. We perhaps need to find more ways in which to work," says Joakim Stymne, State Secretary responsible for international development cooperation.
Call for measurable goals for women in conflict areas
On Wednesday, the Minister for International Development Cooperation, Gunilla Carlsson, held a breakfast meeting on the new action plan adopted by the Government. The action plan is based on UN Resolution 1325 concerning how women are affected by and can affect armed conflicts.
The right to land in Cambodia
A hundred thousand people in Cambodia have been forced to move from their land. Sweden drew attention to the humanitarian situation of the homeless in the first dialogue meeting between Sweden and Cambodia.
Focus on Women's Rights
International Women's Day was celebrated on 8 March, but around the world there are many girls and women who are unable to exercise their human rights. "Women's participation is a prerequisite for economic and democratic development," says Björn Andersson, Deputy Head of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs Department for Development Policy.
The Government has implemented a range of reforms to Swedish development cooperation
Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson will today present the reform of multilateral development cooperation at a press conference to be held in the Press Centre, Rosenbad from 11.00-11.45. This is one element of the ongoing overall reform work in Swedish development cooperation which also includes country focus and a stronger emphasis on results. At the same time the assessments of a number of multilateral humanitarian and development organisations that have been carried out at the Government Offices and Sida will be published on www.ud.se. Sweden will continue to strategically choose where it will be active and we must be open to the possibility of withdrawing from certain organisations, according to Ms Carlsson.
Putting the Presidency puzzle together
Jessica Olausson and Susanne Norén have the job of putting together the agenda for the meetings that will be held between Sweden and countries and organisations outside the EU during the Swedish Presidency. Routines need to be well established for them to work even when unforeseen events occur.
Human Rights important during the Swedish chairmanship
The UN Human Rights Council is holding its tenth regular session from 2 to 27 March in Geneva. State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Frank Belfrage delivered Sweden's main address.
The session will deal with a number of important issues, such as torture, freedom of religion and arbitrary deprivation of liberty. A full-day seminar is scheduled on the rights of the child. The Council will also discuss the mandates of the Special Rapporteurs on human rights in Somalia, Burma and North Korea. For Sweden, the session is particularly important as part of the preparations for the Swedish Presidency of the EU in autumn 2009.
Carl Bildt in China
Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt visits China on 1-3 March. His programme includes talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi and Vice President Xi Jinping.