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Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde inaugurates the 2021 Swedish Chairpersonship of the OSCE
On the 14 January, the Minister for foreign affairs Ann Linde presents the 2021 Swedish Chairpersonship’s priorities to the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the OSCE. Her presentation is livestreamed at 10:00 (CET). Watch live via osce.org/live
Webinar: Human rights and democracy in the global fight against COVID-19
Join Nordic ministers and leading human rights defenders in a webinar: Human rights and democracy – key in the global fight against COVID-19.
Ban on entry into Sweden from the United Kingdom and Denmark
The Government has decided to severely restrict possibilities to travel from the United Kingdom and Denmark to Sweden.
Since March, a temporary ban on entry to the EU via Sweden has been in force. The Government has decided to extend the entry ban until 31 March 2021.
Government communication on the feminist foreign policy
Five years of Sweden’s feminist foreign policy show that it generates results. This is outlined in the Government communication on the policy which was presented by the Government to the Riksdag in September 2019. The feminist foreign policy has, among other things, contributed to support for female members of parliament and entrepreneurs, fewer cases of maternal mortality and unplanned pregnancies, and more resources for gender equality and women’s and girl’s rights. Sweden has also contributed toward mobilising and financing for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
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.
Feminist foreign policy
Gender equality is a fundamental aim of Swedish foreign policy. Ensuring that women and girls enjoy fundamental human rights is an obligation within our international commitments and prerequisite to achieving Sweden’s broader foreign policy goals – peace, security and sustainable development.
Drive for Democracy
Strengthened engagement for democracy was announced in the 2019 Statement of Foreign Policy and in the Swedish Foreign Service’s strategic vision for the electoral period. Sweden will stand up for democratic principles and support democracy in all contexts. On 21 November 2019, the Drive for Democracy was presented to the Riksdag Committee on Foreign Affairs by Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde and Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson.
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The Government is investing SEK 140 million to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on sexual and reproductive health, with a focus on Africa
The COVID-19 pandemic has had major negative impacts on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) worldwide, and at the same time many donors have reduced their aid. Sweden is therefore providing SEK 40 million to Sida’s Strategy for SRHR in sub-Saharan Africa and SEK 100 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
MFA extends advice against non-essential travel to all countries
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) has today, 9 November, decided to extend its advice against non-essential travel to all countries outside the EU/EEA/Schengen area as well as the United Kingdom until 31 January 2021.
Minister’s Declaration by the Foreign Ministers of the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden
Minister’s Declaration at the occasion of the Conference "2020 Capturing Technology - Rethinking Arms Control“.
Sweden's strategy for the Arctic Region
Sweden’s strategy for the Arctic region presents the Government’s objectives and main priorities relating to the Arctic region, and sets out the political direction of further work on the Arctic in six thematic areas: international collaboration; security and stability; climate and the environment; polar research; sustainable economic development and business sector interests; and securing good living conditions.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs lifts advice against travel to the Lithuania
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs decided yesterday to lift the advice against non-essential travel to Lithuania. The decision comes into force today.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Resolution 1325. Sweden strengthens its support for UN peacebuilding efforts and women’s participation
This month we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Women, Peace and Security agenda. Within the global response to the covid-19 pandemic, Sweden has decided to contribute an additional 75 million Swedish kronor to sustaining peace efforts, within which women’s meaningful participation is a key component.
Goodbye Kansas Studios wins 2019 Cultural and Creative Industries Export Prize
Today, 23 October, the Government’s 2019 Cultural and Creative Industries Export Prize was awarded to Goodbye Kansas Studios. The rising star award went to Rave Review.
Advice against travel to Estonia, Ireland, Latvia and Lithuania extended
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs decided yesterday to extend the advice against non-essential travel to Estonia, Ireland, Latvia and Lithuania until 4 November.
Government, Sida and World Food Programme present major investment to combat hunger crisis
The humanitarian and health situation around the world has worsened considerably as a result of COVID-19. The pandemic is expected to lead to a doubling of the number of people suffering from acute hunger to 265 million this year. Sweden and the World Food Programme (WFP) are now deepening their cooperation to tackle the global hunger crisis.