She has been imprisoned, forced into exile and lives under the constant threat of death – and she is now being awarded the Swedish government’s prize! This year’s Per Anger prize is awarded to the Congolese human rights activist Gégé Katana Bukuru for her persistent fight for women’s rights in the violent Democratic Republic of Congo.

Den 12-15 oktober deltar Ulrika Modéer, statssekreterare för internationellt utvecklingssamarbete och klimat, på Världsbankens årsmöte i Washington D.C. Temat för årsmötet är ”The future need of client countries”, med ett fokus på mänsklig utveckling, utbildning och innovation.

Sweden is to become one of the world’s first fossil-free welfare nations, and the Government is now implementing the largest initiatives on climate and the environment in modern times.

In August 2016, the Swedish Embassy in Mexico, in cooperation with MICGénero – an annual film festival that focuses on gender issues – invited Silvana Imam, one of Sweden’s strongest voices, for concerts and meetings with the local female hip hop scene, music journalists and academics. Despite her position as an outsider, Silvana Imam has won awards such as Artist of the Year, Homo of the Year, Best Live Act of the Year and Lyricist of the Year.

Sweden will continue do its utmost to unite the world around concrete actions to save our oceans and meet our voluntary commitments. On 12–13 October, Sweden and Monaco will move from words to action through the conference ‘Connecting and Protecting Our Seas: Initiatives in the Baltic and the Mediterranean’, which was also registered as a voluntary commitment during the UN Ocean Conference.

The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) has decided to fund a pilot study aimed at strengthening awareness of the link between online hate campaigns against journalists and organised disinformation, writes Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström.

The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) has decided to fund a pilot study aimed at strengthening awareness of the link between online hate campaigns against journalists and organised disinformation, writes Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström.

In autumn 2016, the Swedish Embassy in Sarajevo and UN Women co-hosted a conference on the ‘Involvement of Men and Boys in Ending Gender-Based Violence’. The conference was part of a Sida-financed UN Women programme, whose purpose is to strengthen compliance with the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) and improve cross-sectoral cooperation at local level.