In Zambia, young women are most at risk of contracting HIV, and many girls get pregnant before the age of 18. Health clinics in the country have therefore begun training young volunteers to provide sex and health information to their peers.

Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic. We have to start treating it that way. That means working both nationally and internationally at all levels, and tackling all root causes, symptoms and forms of the plague. This is a priority for Sweden’s feminist government and feminist foreign policy.

For several years now, the United Nations Association of Sweden has trained engaged young people to become ambassadors in their local area for the 2030 Agenda. Ahead of the 2017–2018 academic year, 17 members of the UN Association between the ages of 18 and 26 were trained to participate in its ambassador programme.

Online threats and hate have become one of the most effective tools employed by those who want to shut down freedom of speech. Sweden has a long tradition of standing up for and protecting freedom of the press and freedom of expression. In line with the Government’s priorities in this area and with Global Goal 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions, Sweden is providing financial support to the Fojo Media Institute’s study of threats directed at journalists.

Would you be prepared to ditch your car for an electric bike? What about a more roomy electric cargo bike? Or an electric car? People in four central Swedish municipalities have been given the option of doing just that for journeys to and from work.

Under året har Europa drabbats av nya terroristattentat, senast på en julmarknad i Berlin. Många svenskar upplever en oro och osäkerhet när de ska ut och resa. En fråga som ofta kommer upp är den om UD:s arbete med reseinformation och när och hur UD egentligen avråder från resor. Och kan UD avråda från resor på grund av risker för till exempel terrorismattentat redan innan något skett? Jon Åström Gröndahl, chef för UD:s konsulära enhet, förklarar hur UD förhåller sig till detta.

As we prepare to leave for the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, there is not much hope for great results. But that doesn’t mean that all the time and effort will be wasted. In the margins progress is made. The challenge will be to try and build on that progress in the future.

In 2016, the Swedish Embassy in Hanoi organised the Smart Water Innovation Contest with the aim of inspiring Vietnamese university students to think freely and innovatively on how to tackle water-related problems.

In April 2017, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) presented new country reports on human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The reports form part of the Government’s work to promote, prevent and influence developments in these areas. The reports can be read on the Government website. Here, I describe some of the overarching trends that can be identified based on the extensive material contained in the reports.