Minister for Foreign Affairs
“Sweden is a strong voice in the world. This is down to our long-term and global engagement. Our high level of credibility in international contexts is built on a well thought-out foreign policy on issues such as common security, human rights, democracy, aid and development. This is something we should benefit from and develop further.”
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The Government’s Statement of Foreign Policy 2019
On 13 February, Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström presented the 2019 Statement of Foreign Policy in the Riksdag. Check against delivery.
Handbook for Sweden's feminist foreign policy
The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs is launching a handbook for Sweden's feminist foreign policy. This handbook should be a resource for international work relating to gender equality and all women’s and girls’ full enjoyment of human rights. It contains a selection of methods and experiences that can provide examples and inspiration for further work of the Swedish Foreign Service, other parts of the civil service and society as a whole. The handbook also describes the first four years of working with a feminist foreign policy. Thereby, it responds to the considerable national and international interest in this policy.
Humanitarian year 2016
Humanitarian needs in the world are increasing. At the same time, more and new types of crises and disasters have hampered response efforts in a situation in which humanitarian resources are already limited. Humanitarian issues are the focus of aid and development policy in 2016.
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.
Statement of Foreign Policy 2019
On 13 February, Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström presented the 2019 Statement of Foreign Policy in the Riksdag.
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.
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Statement by Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs at UN Human Rights Council's 40th session
Geneva, 26 February 2019 Check against delivery
Speech by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström at Hanalys in Hanaholmen, Finland
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Speech by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Holocaust Remembrance Lecture 2019
(Check against delivery) Your Royal Highness, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends: I want to welcome you all to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and to the 2019 Holocaust Remembrance Lecture.
The ministers’ press contacts
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· Press release from Amanda Lind, Anders Ygeman, Ann Linde, Anna Ekström , Annika Strandhäll, Ardalan Shekarabi, Åsa Lindhagen, Hans Dahlgren, Ibrahim Baylan, Isabella Lövin, Jennie Nilsson, Magdalena Andersson, Margot Wallström, Matilda Ernkrans, Mikael Damberg, Morgan Johansson, Per Bolund, Peter Eriksson, Peter Hultqvist, Stefan Löfven, Tomas Eneroth, Ylva Johansson
New state secretaries at the Government Offices
The Government today appointed 31 state secretaries at the Government Offices. Former state secretaries have been dismissed from their positions. Most of the state secretaries have previously held corresponding positions at the Government Offices.
· Press release from Amanda Lind, Anders Ygeman, Ann Linde, Anna Ekström , Ardalan Shekarabi, Åsa Lindhagen, Hans Dahlgren, Ibrahim Baylan, Isabella Lövin, Jennie Nilsson, Lena Hallengren, Magdalena Andersson, Margot Wallström, Matilda Ernkrans, Mikael Damberg, Morgan Johansson, Per Bolund, Peter Eriksson, Peter Hultqvist, Stefan Löfven, Tomas Eneroth, Ylva Johansson, Government, Government Offices, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Education and Research, Ministry of Employment, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Environment, Prime Minister's Office
Speech by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström at the installation of Anna Lindh professor Annick Wibben at the Swedish Defence University
Stockholm, Sweden, 9 January 2019. Check against delivery.
Sweden’s centenary gift to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
As a gift from Sweden to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the Government has set up three cooperation funds to mark the countries’ 100th anniversaries in 2018. Following approval by the Riksdag, SEK 30 million has been set aside in three grants of SEK 10 million each, constituting the founding capital for three foundations with the aim of promoting broad people-to-people exchanges between Sweden and Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, respectively.
Stockholm Agreement gives hope of peaceful solution in Yemen
During eight intensive days, the eyes of the world were trained on Rimbo, where UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths led consultations with the parties to the conflict in Yemen. The delegations from the two parties, the Government of Yemen and Ansar Allah, agreed on Thursday 13 December in the ‘Stockholm Agreement’ to a ceasefire in the port city of Hodeidah. The parties have agreed to withdraw their troops from Hodeidah and for the port to be managed and monitored with UN support, which will enable the import of vital provisions to the country. The Stockholm Agreement also includes a prisoner exchange and steps towards a ceasefire in the city of Taiz.