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.

It is often said of Olof Palme that he made Sweden larger.

This may be true, but it was hardly his objective. Olof Palme was an outspoken fighter for the rights and freedoms of people all over the world – a tradition that Swedish foreign policy still rests on today. This is how peace and security have to be built.

“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. There is always something you can contribute. The most dangerous thing is indifference.”

Sincere words spoken by Jan Eliasson, UN diplomat with half a century of diplomacy and international commitment under his belt. He has mediated in six international conflicts, been Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations and the President of the UN General Assembly. Today, he is the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Dag Hammarskjöld was a world citizen. During his period as Secretary-General of the United Nations, from 1953 until his death in 1961, he became known as an efficient and dedicated international civil servant.

Today, more than 50 years after his death, Dag Hammarskjöld serves as a role model for many international workers, especially civil servants.

Charlotta André var på semester i Khao Lak när tsunamin kom den 26 december 2004. Hon skrev senare boken ”… Och himlen var oskyldigt blå” som kritiserar myndigheternas långsamma agerande. Lasse Hedström ledde den första räddningsinsatsen i Thailand. Tio år har gått. Lyssna på samtalet när Charlotta och Lasse nu träffas för första gången.

On Wednesday December 3 we celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities throughout Sweden – and the world.

In the early 1900s, Sweden was one of Europe’s poorest countries. Today, with a mere 0.13 per cent of the world’s population, we are top of the class internationally with regard to innovation. How is this possible?

This week, Margot Wallström is making her first visit to Ukraine as Minister for Foreign Affairs. At the same time, the Riksdag is ratifying the uniquely comprehensive EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. These two events send a clear message: Sweden’s commitment to Ukraine continues and is being deepened.

If Sweden wants to take responsibility and influence world politics – then we should be on the United Nations Security Council. The entire Government will join in the efforts to secure Sweden a seat in 2017–2018.