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.”
News from Margot Wallström
Margot Wallström is Minister for Foreign Affairs in the new Government
In Sweden’s new Government, Margot Wallström is Minister for Foreign Affairs and head of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
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 2018
On Wednesday 14 February 2018, Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström presented the Statement of Foreign Policy to 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 Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström regarding Guatemala’s request that the Swedish Government recall its Ambassador to Guatemala
Guatemala has requested that the Government recall our Ambassador to Guatemala, Anders Kompass. This is very unfortunate. We are now going to seek further explanation from the Guatemalan Government and then decide on a course of action. In this case, as in other similar cases, the Government will keep its comments to a minimum. Sweden’s views and action on issues regarding human rights and anti-corruption are well known.Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström regarding Guatemala’s request that the Swedish Government recall its Ambassador to Guatemala
Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström on President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal
It is now clear that President Trump has decided that the United States will withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal. President Trump’s decision is deeply regrettable. It risks seriously undermining international peace and security architecture. The decision also risks negative repercussions for global non-proliferation efforts. The Swedish Government will now closely study and analyse the effects of the decision – bilaterally, in the EU and in the United Nations Security Council. President Trump’s announcement on the introduction of new sanctions is particularly concerning. It is, however, too soon to determine its full consequences. We continue to stand united with the EU in our full support for the deal and its implementation. Sweden and the EU will work to preserve the JCPOA. It is now important that the deal continues to be respected and that Iran continues to fulfil its commitments. There is also strong EU support for broad and close relations with Iran, including on issues concerning the human rights situation. This is about doing what best promotes the forces of good in Iran and yields the best results. In parallel, although we view Iran’s ballistic missile programme with concern, this must be handled separately from the JCPOA. The 2015 nuclear deal was negotiated over a period of 10 years and is one of the greatest successes of our time for diplomacy, peaceful conflict resolution, prevention of armed conflict, disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. The JCPOA has been endorsed by the United Nations Security Council. Provided the JCPOA is implemented, the threat of Iranian nuclear weapons development is averted during the period the deal applies. The International Atomic Energy Agency recently confirmed that Iran is living up to its commitments, which has been welcomed by the Swedish Government and the EU. The deal also reduces tensions in the region and the risk of armed conflict. There is currently no alternative plan. In a time of conflict in the Middle East, we must avoid further uncertainty and polarisation. The international community must take constructive steps to reduce the tension and find political solutions to ongoing conflicts.Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström on President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal
Conflict prevention measures and Sweden’s mediation role in focus at peace conference in Stockholm
‘The Politics of Peace’ will be the theme when the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) host the fifth annual Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development on 7–9 May. The Forum will gather a number of international experts for discussion and debate on how global cooperation on conflict prevention and sustainable peace can be strengthened. The speakers include Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate Isabella Lövin.Conflict prevention measures and Sweden’s mediation role in focus at peace conference in Stockholm
Swedish statement at the UN Security Council Briefing on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace
National Statement delivered by H.E. Ms Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sweden, at the United Nations Security Council Briefing on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace, 25 April 2018, New York.Swedish statement at the UN Security Council Briefing on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace
Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström at the High-Level Meeting on Sustaining Peace
National statement delivered by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström on behalf of Sweden at the United Nations General Assembly opening of the High-Level Meeting on Sustaining Peace, 24 April 2018, New York.Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström at the High-Level Meeting on Sustaining Peace
Joining forces to strengthen global gender equality efforts
More than 700 gender equality advocates from more than 100 countries gathered at the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality to exchange experiences and mobilise efforts for global gender equality. The participants included key figures from civil society organisations, business, academia and politics. They all have the same goal: a gender-equal world.Joining forces to strengthen global gender equality efforts
Note to members of the media: Programme for UN Secretary-General and Security Council working meeting and visit in Sweden 20–23 April 2018
The annual informal working meeting with the UN Secretary-General and the Security Council will be held at Dag Hammarskjöld's farm Backåkra in Skåne on 21–23 April 2018. Afterwards, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will continue to Uppsala and Stockholm.Note to members of the media: Programme for UN Secretary-General and Security Council working meeting and visit in Sweden 20–23 April 2018
Keynote address by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström, Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality, 16 April 2018
Stockholm, April 16th 2018. Check against delivery.Keynote address by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström, Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality, 16 April 2018
Let us work together, with courage and patience, to make the world more gender-equal
Today sees the opening of the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality – a global conference with 600 participants from over 100 countries. The Forum will bring together activists, academics, politicians and entrepreneurs who put their energies into making the world more gender-equal.Let us work together, with courage and patience, to make the world more gender-equal
Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström regarding the strikes in Syria last nightStatement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström regarding the strikes in Syria last night