The term ‘civil society’ refers to an arena – separate from the state, the market and private households – where people organise and act together in pursuit of common interests. The area includes everything from networks and non-profit organisations to registered religious communities, etc. This policy area covers opportunities to form organisations, receive state aid and help people become involved and run activities.
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Everyone should be able to take part in our cultural life, sporting life and democracy
Amanda Lind, Minister for Culture and Democracy, with responsibility for sport, talks about her areas of responsibility and her role as minister.
The respect for human rights continues to deteriorate in Russia
On 20 February, the Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU, in collaboration with Civil Rights Defenders, held a meeting with Russian human rights organisations and officials from various EU countries. The aim was both to review the state of human rights with a focus on the situation for LGBTI people in Russia and to discuss support measures by the EU.
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.
Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström at the UN Security Council Debate on Climate-Related Security Risks
National statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden Margot Wallström, on behalf of Sweden, at the United Nations Security Council Debate on Climate-Related Security Risks, 11 July 2018, New York.
Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström at the UN Security Council Briefing on Peace and Security in Africa
National statement delivered by Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden Margot Wallström on behalf of Sweden at the United Nations Security Council Briefing on Peace and Security in Africa, 10 July 2018, New York.
Safer world for women and girls in focus at European Development Days
The European Development Days is a development forum that the European Commission has organised since 2006. This year’s theme was gender equality under the thread ‘Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development’.
Swedish statement at the UN Security Council Briefing on MINUSMA
National statement delivered by Ambassador Carl Skau on behalf of Sweden at the United Nations Security Council Briefing on MINUSMA, 14 June 2018, New York.
Swedish Explantation of Vote at the UN Security Council Adoption of Resolution 2421/UNAMI
Explantation of Vote delivered by Ambassador Carl Skau on behalf of Sweden at the United Nations Security Council Adoption of Resolution 2421 (2018), renewing the mandate of UNAMI, 14 June 2018, New York.
Barents: 25 years of successful cooperation
The Barents cooperation has laid the foundation for far-reaching people-to-people cooperation and high-level political dialogue in the European Arctic. The 25th anniversary of cooperation was marked by a seminar at the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the European Union on 5 June to highlight cooperation in an EU perspective and to look ahead.
Working for women’s rights more difficult in many countries
According to a new report from the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation, the space for women’s rights defenders is shrinking in many countries. On 5 June, Sweden’s Permanent Representation to the European Union showcased the report at a meeting with the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation and other organisations working in the area.