Ministry for Foreign Affairs

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Sweden's missions abroad are responsible for Sweden’s foreign, development cooperation and trade policy.

Responsible ministers

Margot Wallström Minister for Foreign Affairs
Isabella Lövin Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister
Ann Linde Minister for EU Affairs and Trade

News from Ministry for Foreign Affairs

  • Stockholm Agreement gives hope of peaceful solution in Yemen

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    Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström, Yemen’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Khaled Al Yamani, UN Secretary-General António Guterres and leader of the Ansar Allah delegation Mohammed Abdel Salam at the end of the consultations in Rimbo on 13 December 2018. Photo: Government Offices/Ninni Andersson

    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.

  • #StandUp4HumanRights in focus as the Ministry for Foreign Affairs marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    Photo: UN Photo/Kari Berggrav

    On 10 December, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights celebrates its 70th anniversary. But democracy and human rights are still under threat around the world. Via the #StandUp4HumanRights communications campaign, the MFA in Stockholm, missions abroad and partners are highlighting human rights in various ways – with the aim of creating opinion and reminding decision-makers to live up to their commitments.

Photo: Jonas Svensson, Swedish Armed Forces

Sweden in the UN Security Council

Sweden is a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2017–2018. As an open country that is dependent on the rest of the world, it is in Sweden’s interests to contribute to and defend the international order, at the heart of which lie the United Nations and the Security Council.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström
Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström. Foto: Anders Löwdin

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.

Margot Wallström presenterade Utrikesdeklarationen 2015
Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström presented the Statement of Foreign Policy 2015 Photo: Melker Dahlstrand/The Swedish Parliament

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.

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