Minister for the Environment, 25 May 2016 - 20 January 2019
Content from Karolina Skog
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Sweden to host strategy meeting ahead of negotiations on a global chemicals agreement
On 12–15 March Sweden will host an international strategy meeting on chemicals and waste. Current global cooperation in the area of chemicals consists of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), which extends to 2020. Intensive discussions are now under way on what will happen beyond 2020. Sweden wants to form a coalition of ambitious countries to bring about a global framework for chemicals and waste, along the same lines as the Paris Agreement for the climate.
More steps to reduce plastics and microplastics in the oceans
Plastic in the oceans is one of our most serious global environmental problems. To tackle both the sources and effects of the problem, the Government has decided on a ban on the use of microplastic in certain cosmetic products, and on a grant to municipalities to clean up plastic from Sweden’s beaches.
Comment by Minister of the Environment Karolina Skog on the European Commission’s new strategy on plastics
On the 16th of January 2018, the European Commission presented its European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy. The strategy aims to increase recycling of plastic, reduce microplastic emissions and reduce littering. It also aims to reduce the use of fossil raw materials in plastic production.
Karolina Skog to attend UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi
The world’s environment ministers will meet at the third international UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3) on 4–6 December in Nairobi, Kenya. They are expected to take decisions on measures to reduce air, marine, and land and soil pollution. Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog will take part in a number of dialogues and meetings focusing on marine litter, chemicals and air pollution.
Sweden's National Statement at UNEA 3 in Nairobi, Kenya
National statement by Karolina Skog, Minister for the Environment, at UN Environment Assemby, UNEA 3, in Nairobi, Kenya, December 4, 2017. Check against delivery.
For Fiji’s sake, Cut the Carbons
Opinion piece published in PACNEWS 16 November, by Karolina Skog, Sweden's Minister of Environment, Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment and Dr Marcelo Mena-Carrasco is Minister of the Environment for Chile.
Still no decision on glyphosate in the EU
On 9 November, a vote was held in the European standing committee responsible for deciding whether glyphosate should be reauthorised in the EU. The EU Member States voted on a renewed approval for five years, but failed to reach a decision, which means that the process will continue. The European Commission is yet to announce what the next step will be.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven presented the Swedish programme for the 2018 Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers
The 69th Session of the Nordic Council is taking place in Helsinki between 31 October and 2 November. Sweden is represented by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Nordic Cooperation Margot Wallström, Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog and Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke.
Minister for the Environment to visit Monaco for international conference on the seas
Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog will deliver an opening address at the conference in Monaco to be held on 12–13 October. This high-level conference is a follow-up to the United Nations Ocean Conference in June, where the countries of the world gathered to save the oceans. Swedish participants will also include H.R.H. Prince Carl Philip and Mattias Landgren, State Secretary to Minister for Infrastructure Tomas Eneroth.
Government initiates commission of inquiry with the aim of banning private use of chemical plant protection products
The Government is concerned about the widespread use of chemical plant protection products in private gardens. To protect people’s health and the environment, the Government aims to introduce a ban on the private use of chemical plant protection products. The Government has also stated that it respects the European Chemicals Agency’s assessment of the active substance glyphosate in the upcoming EU discussions on the plant protection product.