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Statement in connection with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s telephone call this evening with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani
The Prime Minister conveyed Sweden’s condemnation of the shooting down of passenger flight PS 752. He stressed that the relatives of those affected are entitled to a swift explanation of responsibility for the shooting down, and that Iran must take full responsibility, including in relation to those affected. President Rouhani promised that Iranian authorities would fully cooperate.
Statement from PM Stefan Löfven regarding the Ukrainian passenger aircraft
Here in Sweden, and around the whole world, people are grieving for the victims of the aircraft crash outside Tehran on 8 January. I feel strongly for all of those who have lost a relative.
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.
The Government’s Statement of Foreign Policy 2019
Priorities and goals of the Government's foreign policy.
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.
Drive for Democracy
Strengthened engagement for democracy was announced in the 2019 Statement of Foreign Policy and in the Swedish Foreign Service’s strategic vision for the electoral period. Sweden will stand up for democratic principles and support democracy in all contexts. On 21 November 2019, the Drive for Democracy was presented to the Riksdag Committee on Foreign Affairs by Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde and Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson.
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Dialogue between Sweden and Cambodia on human rights
The seventh dialogue between Sweden and Cambodia on human rights took place on 21–23 October in Stockholm. The talks were led by Sweden’s Ambassador at large for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law Annika Ben David. The purpose of the dialogue is to provide the opportunity for exchange of experience and to follow developments in human rights in the two countries.
Sweden’s national UPR report submitted to UN
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights Council that involves a periodic review of the human rights situation in all UN Member States. It is now time for Sweden to be reviewed within the framework of the third cycle of the UPR.
Barents Euro-Arctic Council Umeå Declaration, 3 October 2019, Umeå, Sweden
The Foreign Ministers and high-level representatives of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the European Union participated together with representatives of the Barents Regional Council, indigenous peoples, regional bodies, observer states and invited guests in the XVII Session of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) under the Chairmanship of Sweden in Umeå on 3 October 2019.
Remarks by Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde at the EU Arctic Forum, Umeå, 3 October, 2019
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#GirlsTakeover – a global initiative to promote girls’ rights and highlight their agency
Within the context of Sweden’s feminist foreign policy, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs is taking part in the global #GirlsTakeover campaign. Through this campaign – an initiative of Plan International – girls all over the world will step into a leadership role on 11 October in connection with International Day of the Girl Child.
Sweden increases support to Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
The Government today decided on Sweden’s contribution for the next three-year replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund). The contribution will be increased to SEK 950 million annually, a total of SEK 2.85 billion for the period 2020–2022. The contribution is Sweden’s second-largest in the multilateral context, second only to support to the World Bank. Sweden is the Fund’s eighth-largest donor, and has an important role as a partner.
Joint Press Statement on the EU Arctic Forum by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini, European Commissioner Karmenu Vella and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden Ann Linde
The European Union’s long standing commitment to enhance sustainable international cooperation in the Arctic
Summary of the priorities and achievements of the Swedish Chairmanship of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council 2017–2019
Sweden took over the two-year chairmanship of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council at the ministerial meeting in Arkhangelsk on 19 October 2017. Since its inception, the Barents cooperation has aimed to promote peace, stability and the development of the Barents region, through cross-border collaboration and people-to-people contacts. The Swedish chairmanship programme, with the title ‘Regional sustainable development for the future’, was formed with a view to advancing cooperation and deepening collaboration in key areas of common interest.
Norstedts Agency wins 2018 Cultural and Creative Industries Export Prize
The Government’s 2018 Cultural and Creative Industries Prize was presented Wednesday, 2 October, by Minister for Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs Anna Hallberg. The Prize was awarded to Norstedts Agency for the Millennium series.