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New ministers in the Government
On Tuesday 10 September, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven presented changes within the Government. New Minister for Foreign Affairs and head of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs is Ann Linde. New Minister for Foreign Trade, with responsibility for Nordic affairs is Anna Hallberg.
Sweden signs memorandum of understanding with Uruguay
State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Annika Söder and Uruguay’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Ariel Bergamino today signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing bilateral consultations for multilateral issues. The MoU provides Sweden with the opportunity to deepen cooperation and coordinate political positions in multilateral contexts with an important and like-minded Latin American country.
Sweden in the UN Security Council
After being elected by a wide margin to the United Nations Security Council, Sweden was a non-permanent member of the Council for the 2017–2018 term. As a principled member of the United Nations Security Council, Sweden took its cue from the foundation stones of international law, human rights, gender equality and a humanitarian perspective. The Swedish working method was characterised by listening, creativity, active diplomacy and an ambition to achieve results.
The Government’s Statement of Foreign Policy 2019
Priorities and goals of the Government's foreign policy.
Feminist foreign policy
Equality between women and men is a fundamental aim of Swedish foreign policy. Ensuring that women and girls can enjoy their fundamental human rights is both an obligation within the framework of our international commitments, and a prerequisite for reaching Sweden’s broader foreign policy goals on peace, and security and sustainable development.
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Margot Wallström shortly to leave the Government and her role as Minister for Foreign Affairs
The Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström has informed Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven about her wish to leave the Government.
Feminist Trade Policy
Sweden has the first feminist government in the world. This means that gender equality is central to the Government’s priorities – in decision-making and resource allocation. Women and men must have the same power to shape society and their own lives; this is a human right and a matter of democracy and justice. There is also overwhelming evidence that gender equality boosts economic growth. Despite this, trade policy today benefits men more than women. With this in mind, the Swedish government’s feminist trade policy includes six focus areas where we will step up efforts to ensure that trade policy and trade promotion activities benefit women and men equally.
Speech by Peter Eriksson, Minister for International Development Cooperation, at World Water Week
Stockholm, 26 August 2019. Check against delivery.
100 million page views of articles on women through the MFA’s WikiGap initiative
On Thursday 15 August, some 80 volunteers from more than 30 countries are invited to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs to celebrate the impact made by the MFA’s and Wikimedia Sweden’s international initiative, WikiGap. The initiative has gained a foothold in more than 60 countries and has so far resulted in 32 000 new or edited articles about women on Wikipedia. These articles have now been viewed more than 100 million times.
Minister for Foreign Trade Ann Linde to discuss feminist trade policy at Fashion Week Trade
On 15 August at Fashion Week Trade, Minister for Foreign Trade Ann Linde will be taking part in a round-table discussion on feminist trade policy and its relevance for the fashion industry. With more than 700 footwear, clothing, underwear, accessories and childrenswear collections, Fashion Week Trade is Sweden’s largest fashion event, including for fashion buyers.
Sweden makes it easier for developing countries to export
Opinion piece by Ann Linde, Minister for Foreign Trade, published in Svenska Dagbladet on 25 July 2019.
Award-winning Swedish-led religious dialogue in Cyprus
Salpy Eskidjian Weiderud, Executive Director of the Swedish-led Religious Track of the Cyprus Peace Process (RTCYPP), is today awarded the first-ever International Religious Freedom Award by the US Department of State.