Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and UN Deputy Secretary-General visit Chad and Niger ahead of UN Security Council meetings
On 5–8 July, Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström will visit Chad and Niger in the Sahel region of West Africa. With her on this visit, which coincides with Sweden's Presidency of the UN Security Council, will be UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and the African Union's Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security Bineta Diop.
The joint visit aims to strengthen women's participation in decision-making and peace processes, community life and the economy, and to highlight the importance of tackling climate-related security risks.
"This is a unique visit to take our work on the women, peace and security agenda to the next level. The work of the Security Council needs to be underpinned by the fundamental insight that matters of peace and security concern everyone. The Security Council must make a difference where it is needed the most – in places where millions of women, men, girls and boys are living in the shadow of war, conflict and poverty. Sweden wants to highlight this during our presidency of the Security Council, so directly following the visit I will chair two special meetings of the Security Council on the situation of women in the Sahel region, and the link between climate and security," says Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström.