Speaking to a number of foreign dignitaries in Stockholm yesterday, Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström expressed her gratitude for electing Sweden to take a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council.

In March and April, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Palestine and Bangladesh will publish current gender statistics. This is the result of a Swedish development aid venture, in which Statistics Sweden has trained and provided support to statisticians and users of statistics during one year.

In recent years, the number of women in the Swedish Foreign Service has been increasing. The trend is particularly evident in management posts.

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.

The Government decided today to recognise the State of Palestine. Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström, explains the reasoning behind the decision.

Idag avgörs det om Sverige kommer att sitta i Förenta Nationernas säkerhetsråd 2017-2018. Alla FN-länder har en röst var när generalförsamlingen fattar sitt beslut.

The ambition was to conclude the EGA this weekend. We failed. A lot of finger pointing is taking place right now, as usual after negotiations stall, but trying to assign blame is not really meaningful. In trade negotiations defensive interests are usually the most difficult obstacles to get past. Even in an agreement like the EGA where the gains for all are so obvious, we could not avoid getting stuck on a few defensive positions.

Two years ago, Russian opposition politician and former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov was murdered openly in the street, close to the Kremlin in Moscow.

Det är nu sex år sedan konflikten i Syrien inleddes när regimen mötte fredliga protester med brutalt våld. Den enda hållbara vägen framåt är en politisk lösning på konflikten.