Floating islands of plastic garbage. Endocrine disruptors in marine organisms . Overfishing and illegal fishing driving species close to extinction. Increasing water temperatures triggering coral bleaching. Rising sea levels threatening coastal communities, eco systems and whole nations. The list of alarming reports on the state of the ocean is long, and their frequency has increased dramatically in recent years. We’re running out of time to reverse the trends.
“It is clear that we humans have severely mismanaged one of our global commons – the ocean,” says the newly appointed Swedish Ambassador for the Ocean, Helen Ågren.

De senaste åren har de alarmerande rapporterna om havens tillstånd duggat tätt. Öar av plastskräp som flyter omkring på haven. Hormonstörande kemikalier i vårt dricksvatten. Arter på gränsen till utrotning på grund av intensivt och olagligt fiske. Uppvärmning av havet som leder till blekning av koraller. Havsnivåhöjning som hotar kustsamhällen, ekosystem och hela nationer. Listan är lång och tiden är knapp för att vända de negativa trenderna.
– Det är uppenbart att vi har misslyckats med att förvalta vårt gemensamma hav, säger Sveriges nyutnämnda havsambassadör Helen Ågren.

In December, the City of Gothenburg handed over to Peru 51 well-preserved textiles from the more than 2 000-year-old Paracas textile collection. The textiles, purchased by Sweden’s Honorary Consul in Lima Sven Karell from the Nazca and Paracas cultures, were brought to Sweden in 1935.
“It feels wonderful to return them to Peru,” says Gunilla Bökmark, the City of Gothenburg’s Director of International Relations.

25 years ago, the Foreign Ministers of nations in the Barents region gathered in Kirkenes, Norway, to sign the declaration that is the foundation of the Barents cooperation. Many politicians, officials, local and regional decision makers have since then met in different forums to take action for peace, stability, and regional development to the benefit of the people in the Barents region.

On 11 December, the Swedish Embassy in Mexico hosted a seminar on how the gender perspective could be enhanced in the analysis and protective measures offered by the Mexican government to protect journalists and human rights defenders. The event took place in connection with International Human Rights Day, which this year particularly focused on freedom of expression, and the two-week campaign to highlight and combat violence against women.

The best gift we can give each other is to make the world a better place. Our Global Goals Calendar has featured some examples of what Sweden is doing to help achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and live up to the 2030 Agenda – both at home and abroad.

Earlier this year, Somalia was facing the sort of serious famine it experienced in 2011. The situation is still difficult, but thanks to rapid action from the international community, a major disaster has been averted.

For more than 20 years, children and university students in Malmö have connected with each other through the Nightingale mentoring programme. It is about making higher education a realistic ambition for children who may not receive such encouragement at home, increasing integration and building bridges between different worlds.

Last year the Embassy of Sweden in Moscow, together with Swedish companies operating in Russia, initiated a sustainability network to raise the profile of sustainability and environmental issues in the business sector. The network meets regularly and engages both Swedish and Russian companies.

renewable electricity.
Expanding the national electricity grid is requires major investment. So, to offset the shortage in rural areas, electricity is mainly generated locally. But the methods used to produce it are not only expensive, they are also harmful to the environment and climate.