On 21 September, the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) entered into force provisionally. CETA is an ambitious agreement that will contribute to increased growth and employment in Sweden, writes Minister for EU Affairs and Trade Ann Linde.

How can technology prevent violence? Solving this puzzle lay at the heart of Diplohack: the first socially-oriented ‘hackathon’ ever held in Honduras. After 36 hours of tireless work, some outstanding ideas saw the light of day.

In August 2016, the Swedish Embassy in Mexico, in cooperation with MICGénero – an annual film festival that focuses on gender issues – invited Silvana Imam, one of Sweden’s strongest voices, for concerts and meetings with the local female hip hop scene, music journalists and academics. Despite her position as an outsider, Silvana Imam has won awards such as Artist of the Year, Homo of the Year, Best Live Act of the Year and Lyricist of the Year.

Women’s participation in the Colombian peace process was the result of the extraordinary engagement of women’s organisations. This contributed directly to the final peace agreement reached in 2016 and sets an example for other peace negotiations held around the world.

There is an important story about women, peace and security that needs to be told.
We are putting the spotlight on women who have paved the way – the bold and the brave – and we know there are and can be many more of them.
We are pushing for #MoreWomenMorePeace

Swedish companies in Colombia and Sweden’s Embassy in Bogota have joined forces to support families affected by the landslide in Mocoa in April. The disaster caused over 320 fatalities and considerable material damage. After being contacted by several Swedish companies wondering how they could help, the Embassy decided to coordinate a donation of the Swedish water treatment innovation, Solvatten.

Meet the Global Swedes: Miranda Restorick, Canada, student at the Stockholm School of Economics.

Efforts to raise gender awareness and the number of women in peacekeeping were discussed when Director-General for Political Affairs Anna-Karin Eneström visited the Brazilian Ministry of Defence in connection with the annual political consultations with the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.