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UN Secretary-General and Security Council to meet in Sweden
In April, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will hold his annual informal working meeting with the UN Security Council in Sweden. The meeting will be held at Dag Hammarskjöld’s farm Backåkra in Skåne. This will be the first time the annual working meeting takes place outside the United States. The meeting will focus on the future of the UN’s peace support work – how the UN’s peace-keeping missions can be strengthened and made more effective.
"The meeting will be held at Backåkra and in the spirit of Dag Hammarskjöld's legacy. It is great news that the meeting can take place in Sweden, not least in light of our long tradition of working for conflict prevention and peaceful solutions to conflicts," says Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström.
The Secretary-General will pay a longer visit to Sweden and will also have talks with the Prime Minister, as well as giving the Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture, which is arranged by Uppsala University and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation.
Further details about the date, programme and press information will be published closer to the time of the visit. A press briefing about the meeting will be held on 18 April.
Dag Hammarskjöld's farm Backåkra will be reinaugurated on 28 March. Backåkra has been renovated so as to function as a meeting place on topics that were close to Dag Hammarskjöld's heart, such as international cooperation, peace research, the environment and human rights.
As UN Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjöld took the initiative to form the first UN peace-keeping mission with armed troops. Peace-keeping missions remain one of the UN's most powerful instruments and will be the main theme of the working meeting.
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