Minister for Foreign Affairs
“As ever more democracies around the world are being challenged, Sweden must remain a strong and respected voice for peace, freedom and human rights. Our foreign policy will help, in cooperation with others, to increase security and safety, in our neighbourhood and globally. This is how we protect our fundamental democratic rights and our common security throughout the world.”
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Nordic Foreign Ministers receive report on Nordic cooperation on foreign and security policy
On 30 October 2019, the foreign ministers of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden decided to task Mr. Björn Bjarnason of Iceland to prepare an independent report with non-binding proposals on how to further develop Nordic cooperation on foreign and security policy. This tasking marked ten years since Mr Thorvald Stoltenberg of Norway drafted a similar report presenting a range of recommendations of which a large share have already been implemented.
Yemen needs international help to escape tragedy
The writer is foreign minister of Sweden. Foreign minister Heiko Maas of Germany and foreign secretary Dominic Raab of the UK co-wrote this article, which was published in Financial Times on 1 July 2020.
Sweden, South Africa, Mexico, Spain and Germany discussed economic gender equality and engagement in a global coalition
On 2 July, Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde invited minister colleagues and government representatives from South Africa, Mexico, Spain and Germany to discuss economic gender equality. These countries, together with representatives of civil society, international organisations and private funds, will lead a global coalition on economic gender equality to accelerate results for global gender equality. Here are the key messages from the meeting:
Ann Linde and Åsa Lindhagen to participate in Global Pride
The virtual Global Pride festival kicks off on 27 June. Artists, politicians and activists from around the world will take part in the 26-hour livestream event.
The MFA has extended the advice against travel to countries outside the EU, the EEA and the Schengen area until 31 August, and will remove the advice against travel to a number of countries in the EU, the EEA and the Schengen area as of 30 June
There have been developments recently in the EU, the EEA and the Schengen area that have led to the easing of restrictions that had previously represented obstacles and risks to Swedish travellers. Therefore, as of 30 June, the MFA will remove the advice against non-essential travel to the following countries: Belgium, Croatia, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde presents Royal Order of the Polar Star to woman peacebuilder in Cyprus
To mark ten years of successful peacebuilding work in Cyprus, Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde today held a virtual dialogue and meeting with Cyprus’s religious leaders.
What does the Chair of the OSCE involve?
On 1 January 2021, Sweden will take over the Chair of the OSCE for a period of 12 months. The assignment is a manifestation of Sweden taking responsibility for the OSCE, and also of multilateralism, peace and the upholding of the European security order.