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#GirlsTakeover – a global initiative to promote girls’ rights and highlight their agency
Within the context of Sweden’s feminist foreign policy, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs is taking part in the global #GirlsTakeover campaign. Through this campaign – an initiative of Plan International – girls all over the world will step into a leadership role on 11 October in connection with International Day of the Girl Child.
Minister for Foreign Trade started the building of Sweden’s pavilion for Expo 2020
On October 8, Minister for Foreign Trade Anna Hallberg took part in the ceremony to mark the official start to the construction of Sweden’s pavilion for Expo 2020 in Dubai. Instead of the traditional turf cutting, Ms Hallberg planted trees during the ceremony. The forest plays a central part in Sweden’s participation and the tree-planting ceremony was in line with the theme of the Swedish pavilion – ‘The Forest’ – and the ambition to build entirely in wood to show alternative sustainable construction methods and minimise the climate impact of the pavilion. In close cooperation with Swedish companies, Sweden will take part in Expo 2020, which runs from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021. Expo 2020 is one of the Government’s most important initiatives in the area of export, investment and tourism promotion. For more information, see www.expo2020.se.
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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Speech by Ann Linde, Minister for Foreign Affairs at the Article XIV conference on the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty
New York, 25 september 2019. Check against delivery.
Continued Swedish leadership for climate action
On Sunday 22 September, Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson presented new contributions to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund (AF) and the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). The contribution to the GCF amounts to SEK 8 billion for the period 2020–2023. Contributions to the AF and the LDCF total SEK 1 040 million for the period 2019–2022, amounting to SEK 520 million per fund.
The Government to take part in opening of UN General Assembly 17–30 September
Next week, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister, Isabella Lövin, Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde and Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson will travel to New York for the opening of the UN General Assembly.
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.
Strategy for Sweden's cooperation with the global fund to fight aids, tuberculosis and malaria 2019-2023
This strategy will underpin Sweden's cooperation with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the period 2019-2023. The strategy determines priorities and forms of cooperation for Sweden's Membership of and partnership with the Global Fund.