Ann Linde

Ann Linde, Utrikes­minister

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Ministry 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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Minister for Foreign Affairs to host OSCE Ministerial Council in Stockholm

On 2–3 December, Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde will host 56 of her foreign minister colleagues in Stockholm at the annual OSCE Ministerial Council. The invited guests include foreign ministers from North America, Europe and Central Asia, including Russia and the United States. The Council is the culmination of Sweden’s term as OSCE Chair in 2021, which concludes at the end of the year, and comes at a time of major security policy challenges.

Photo: The Government Offices of Sweden

Sweden as Chair of OSCE

The OSCE is a security policy cooperation body with 57 participating States. The OSCE’s activities are based on a broadly defined view of security that includes military arms control, human rights, rule of law and democracy. Sweden is chairing the OSCE in 2021.

Photo: Government Offices of Sweden/Kristian Pohl

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.

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Sweden’s engagement in Afghanistan

Developments in Afghanistan are extremely serious. Lives, and the advances made in the last 20 years, are under threat. The Swedish evacuation at Kabul Airport has been completed. Sweden’s commitment to the Afghan people remains steadfast.

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