Foreign and security policy
Foreign policy is about Sweden’s relations with and policies towards other countries. Preventing risks and threats is an important part of security policy, which in turn is part of foreign policy. Swedish policy is pursued via direct relations with other countries and also through bodies such as the EU and the UN.
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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.
Sweden to chair UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 2019–2020
It is now clear that Sweden will be elected Chair of the IAEA Board of Governors for 2019–2020.
Sweden and the UN
The United Nations is a central arena for Sweden’s action to address global challenges. Through the UN, Sweden contributes to conflict prevention, peace efforts, rebuilding of conflict-affected states, and disarmament and non-proliferation. The UN is also an important channel for Sweden’s humanitarian work and our efforts to fight poverty, promote sustainable development and combat climate change. Other priorities for Sweden in the UN include strengthening international law and promoting human rights and gender equality issues. The three pillars of the UN – peace and security, development and human rights – are inextricably linked and mutually reinforcing. It is impossible to achieve success in one of these areas without also strengthening the others.
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 2019
On 13 February, Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström presented the 2019 Statement of Foreign Policy in 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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Sweden increases support to Mozambique following cyclones
Mozambique has been severely affected by natural disasters in recent years. Both widespread drought and cyclones have increased the population’s vulnerability. The material devastation has been particularly great. Sweden intends to provide support amounting to SEK 150 million to help rebuild the country. Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson has been in the country since Wednesday to gain an overview of the situation.Sweden increases support to Mozambique following cyclones
"The EU Eastern Partnership has been a success"
Ten years ago, Sweden, together with Poland, initiated the EU’s Eastern Partnership. As the partnership now enters its second decade, it is a good time to highlight three priorities for its future development, writes Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström."The EU Eastern Partnership has been a success"
Speech by Margot Wallström at the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Rovaniemi, 7 May 2019Speech by Margot Wallström at the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Rovaniemi, 7 May 2019
A digital Team Sweden on Sweden Abroad
Swedish trade with the rest of the world is constantly increasing. Today, three quarters of Sweden’s goods exports go to Europe. We export most to Germany, followed by Norway, Finland, Denmark, the United States and the Netherlands. We want to help Swedish businesses find new trading partners, businesses and markets to increase their global sales. At the same time, we also want to help foreign businesses and individuals who want to do business with Sweden find the right entry points.A digital Team Sweden on Sweden Abroad
Speech by Margot Wallström at R.M. Salas Memorial Lecture in New York
UNFPA, New York 30 April 2019 Check against deliverySpeech by Margot Wallström at R.M. Salas Memorial Lecture in New York
Speech by Margot Wallström at the NPT Preparatory Committee in New York
New York 30 April 2019 Check against deliverySpeech by Margot Wallström at the NPT Preparatory Committee in New York
Speech by Margot Wallström at Tunis Forum on Gender Equality
Tunis 24 April 2019 Check against deliverySpeech by Margot Wallström at Tunis Forum on Gender Equality
Statement by Equal Rights Coalition on the situation in Brunei
April 13, 2019Statement by Equal Rights Coalition on the situation in Brunei
Communiqué at Ministerial Strategic Dialogue on UNRWA on 12 April in Stockholm
Foreign Ministers H.E Margot Wallström of Sweden and H.E Ayman Safadi of Jordan hosted a ministerial strategic dialogue in Stockholm today to discuss sustainable ways to support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). Participants included representatives from Egypt, France, Germany, Japan, Kuwait, Norway, United Kingdom, the European External Action Service and the European Commission. The meeting was attended by UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl, who presented UNRWA’s continued vital programmes to assist over 5 million Palestinian refugees despite the financial challenges which the Agency faced in 2018.Communiqué at Ministerial Strategic Dialogue on UNRWA on 12 April in Stockholm
Speech by Margot Wallström at Commemoration Ceremony Marking 25 Years since the Genocide in Rwanda
Stockholm 10 april 2019 Check against deliverySpeech by Margot Wallström at Commemoration Ceremony Marking 25 Years since the Genocide in Rwanda