17 May is the international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia (IDAHOT) – an important day aimed at highlighting the hate, violence and discrimination that still persist against LGBTI persons around the world.

Sverige har historiskt sett varit en av de mest generösa bidragsgivarna till Världsbankens fond för de fattigaste, Internationella utvecklingsfonden (IDA). När torka och påföljande hungersnöd nu hotar ett flertal länder, söker sig IDA snabbt till drabbade områden för att erbjuda stöd.

Sweden has historically been one of the most generous donors to the World Bank’s fund for the poorest, IDA. Now, as drought and subsequent famine looms over a number of countries, the IDA rushes to support the frontlines.

World Press Freedom Day on 3 May is the global celebration of the fundamental right to freedom of expression. The struggle for press freedom is more important than ever.

At Sweden’s initiative, Johan Bävman’s photo exhibition Swedish Dads was on display at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris for several weeks in March and April. The exhibition shows 25 fathers on parental leave, and offers a snapshot of Swedish dads’ views on parental leave and gender equality. Some 10 000–15 000 people saw the exhibition at the OECD.

Today, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) is presenting new country reports on human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The launch is part of the Government’s work to promote, prevent and influence developments in these areas.

Idag publicerar Utrikesdepartementet nya landrapporter om mänskliga rättigheter, demokrati och rättsstatens principer. Lanseringen är en del av regeringens arbete för att främja, förebygga och påverka utvecklingen i dessa frågor. Rapporterna finns att läsa på regeringens hemsida.

Recently, Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Robert Azevêdo and Sweden’s Minister for EU Affairs and Trade Ann Linde met in Stockholm for talks on the challenges facing global trade in these times of protectionist currents.

Globalisation has reduced poverty in the world – but it has also increased inequality. Consequently, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is now strengthening its efforts to ensure fairer globalisation.

UN Security Council visits the Lake Chad region to call attention to the security and humanitarian crisis in the region. The decision for the Council to visit the region resulted from a briefing on the situation in the region held during the Swedish Presidency.