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Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde inaugurates the 2021 Swedish Chairpersonship of the OSCE
On the 14 January, the Minister for foreign affairs Ann Linde presents the 2021 Swedish Chairpersonship’s priorities to the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the OSCE. Her presentation is livestreamed at 10:00 (CET). Watch live via osce.org/live
Webinar: Human rights and democracy in the global fight against COVID-19
Join Nordic ministers and leading human rights defenders in a webinar: Human rights and democracy – key in the global fight against COVID-19.
Ban on entry into Sweden from the United Kingdom and Denmark
The Government has decided to severely restrict possibilities to travel from the United Kingdom and Denmark to Sweden.
Since March, a temporary ban on entry to the EU via Sweden has been in force. The Government has decided to extend the entry ban until 31 March 2021.
Government communication on the feminist foreign policy
Five years of Sweden’s feminist foreign policy show that it generates results. This is outlined in the Government communication on the policy which was presented by the Government to the Riksdag in September 2019. The feminist foreign policy has, among other things, contributed to support for female members of parliament and entrepreneurs, fewer cases of maternal mortality and unplanned pregnancies, and more resources for gender equality and women’s and girl’s rights. Sweden has also contributed toward mobilising and financing for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
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.
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.
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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Ministry for Foreign Affairs lifts advice against travel to Finland and Slovakia
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has decided to lift the advice against non-essential travel to Finland and Slovakia. The decision comes into force today.
Joint Communiqué on the Conflict in Yemen
On September 17, Foreign Minister Ann Linde co-hosted, together with the Foreign Ministers of Germany, Kuwait and the UK, a virtual high-level meeting on the situation in Yemen, in connection to the United Nations’ 75th General Assembly. The meeting was attended by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and a Group of countries particularly engaged in supporting UN efforts in Yemen. The Group comprises the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States), Sweden, Germany, Kuwait and the European Union. The meeting followed-up the Group’s high-level meeting in New York last year, which was also co-hosted by Sweden.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs lifts advice against travel to the United Kingdom
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs decided today to lift the advice against non-essential travel to the United Kingdom. The decision comes into force with immediate effect.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs lifts its advice against travel to Cyprus
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is lifting its advice against non-essential travel to Cyprus. The decision enters into force on 10 September. The easing of restrictions that have applied to Swedish travellers has been taken into account in the assessment leading to the decision.
Joint statement from Nordic-Baltic (NB8) Foreign Ministers’ annual meeting
08.-09.09.2020 Tallinn, Estonia. Statement by Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden.
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Gender Equality attend meeting on international gender equality work in the wake of COVID-19
Some 70 participants from civil society organisations, the social partners and government agencies took part in a digital meeting on 26 August hosted by Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde and Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Lindhagen. Discussions covered the international coalition to work for financial gender equality, of which Sweden is one of the leaders, and international gender equality work in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Changes to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ advice against travel
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is lifting its advice against non-essential travel to Bulgaria, the Netherlands and Romania. The decision enters into force on 27 August. At the same time, the decision regarding advice against non-essential travel to countries outside the EU, the EEA, the Schengen area and the United Kingdom is extended until 15 November.