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Birgitta Ahlqvist, chair of Operation 1325, participated in the meeting to give her views on the action plan. Foto: Ellinor Lundmark.
Birgitta Ahlqvist, chair of Operation 1325, participated in the meeting to give her views on the action plan. Foto: Ellinor Lundmark.

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 Swedish delegation urged the Cambodian authorities to take measures to alleviate the humanitarian situation of the homeless. Photo: Jan Nordlander

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.

"Social and political rights go hand in hand," says Björn Andersson. Photo: Pia Roed/MFA

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.

"It's good to try and meet people you're going to be working with. Many things turn out to be very easy as long as you know each other," says Jessica Olausson. Photo: Karin Grahn Wetter/MFA

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

Foto: Pawel Flato

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 met his chinese college, Yang Jiechi. Photo: Irena Busic

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.

Gunilla Carlsson to Donor Conference for Gaza

On Monday 2 March Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlssson will take part in the international donor conference in support of the reconstruction of Gaza and the Palestinian Authority (Cairo International Conference to support the Palestinian Economy for the Reconstruction of Gaza).

New Ambassador to Addis Abeba

Photo: Ulrika Josefsson, SIDA

The Government has today appointed Senior Adviser Jens Odlander as new Ambassador in Ethiopia and to the African Union. "This is something that all diplomats dream of - working in Addis", he writes about his assignment.

Gunilla Carlsson on developments in Sri Lanka

"The fighting between Sri Lankan government forces and the LTTE has had appalling consequences for the civil population in the area. Extensive violations of human rights have been perpetrated. The situation is unacceptable," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson.