The World Humanitarian Summit is taking place for the first time on 23–24 May and brings together thousands of representatives from the international community. Ambassador Per Örnéus, Special Envoy for Humanitarian Issues, talks about the meeting and its importance for the humanitarian community.

Hans Blix’ career path was shaped during the Second World War: he wanted to head out into the world and work for peace. This drive led him to several leading international positions and a mission as one of the leading forces working for safer nuclear energy and against weapons of mass destruction.

Emma Nilenfors, Deputy Director at the Department for Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs has led the work with the new national action plan on women, peace and security that was recently adopted. Here she writes about the importance of the action plan and the work with developing it.

För att belysa det chilenska statsbesöket i Sverige som äger rum den 10- 12 maj har vi bett några framgångsrika svenskar med chilensk bakgrund att berätta lite om sig själva och hur de ser på relationen mellan Chile och Sverige. Andra person ut i ordningen är 2015 års Anna Lindh-pristagare Camila Salazar Atías.

För att belysa det chilenska statsbesöket i Sverige som äger rum den 10- 12 maj har vi bett några framgångsrika svenskar med chilensk bakgrund att berätta lite om sig själva och hur de ser på relationen mellan Chile och Sverige. Först ut är möbelsnickaren Sebastián González.

More than 900 participants from 33 countries met up in Stockholm during the EUREKA Innovation Week 2016 hosted by the Swedish EUREKA Chairmanship and the EUREKA Secretariat. The aim of the conference was to give participants the opportunity to meet, share ideas and discuss smart cities, and to showcase the opportunities that EUREKA offers for international collaboration and innovation.

The link between women, peace and security is arguably of special importance in a country like Jordan. Jordan is one of the major contributors of personnel to UNs peace keeping missions with over a thousand military and police staff in nine missions worldwide. It is also a country which is deeply affected by the Syria Crisis in terms of economic, social and not least security related terms. It hosts more than 600 000 Syrian refugees and a large number of refugees from other regional conflicts in Iraq, Libya and Yemen.

When Alva Myrdal was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1982, she had been fighting a tough battle for decades as one of the strongest advocates of disarmament. For many years, she led the Swedish delegation in the disarmament negotiations in Geneva and was the first woman to reach leading positions in the United Nations.

So Alva Myrdal could well be seen as an early incarnation of the feminist foreign policy that Sweden pursues today.

The United Nations, headed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has chosen Crown Princess Victoria to be one of sixteen Advocates to promote the Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals. The role the Crown Princess and the other Advocates will play will be to “leverage their unique standing and leadership” to promote the messages and encourage partnerships with governments, the private sector and civil society.