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.

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.

Last year, more countries were experiencing violent conflict than in nearly 30 years. In many cases we didn’t fail to see the conflicts coming – we failed to respond in time. It is time to step up. We must act before wars are waged and massacres committed. We must invest in peace.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström has been awarded a prize by the UN body UN Women in New York. She received the Agent of Change Award for her commitment to gender equality and her work to strengthen women’s rights.

She led the women’s peace movement in Liberia, which played a decisive role in bringing an end to the bloody civil war in the country. Leymah Gbowee’s work for peace resulted in her becoming one of three women to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.

Swedish ministers, the former US Ambassador and representatives of organisations promoting gender equality and refugee integration met in Stockholm in October 2016 to discuss the role of refugee women in their host country.

A hundred young Swedish and Kenyan feminists met earlier this year at the Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi for discussions on topics ranging from dreams to gender roles.