Here, Björn Andersson describes his many years of working for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), gender equality and women’s rights. He is head of the UNFPA’s operations in Asia and the Pacific.

Stina Eriksson currently works for UNDP Sri Lanka, monitoring and evaluating peacebuilding projects. She and her colleagues work to implement resolution 1325 in the Sri Lankan peace process. Read her story about her work to support women peacebuilders.

Today, Sweden is celebrating the Feast of Saint Lucia. It is a festival of light which brightens up the winter darkness. But elsewhere, where it’s not quite so dark, two Swedish embassies are illuminating the way with sustainable energy from another celestial body, namely the sun.

Sustainable solutions to the climate challenges of today and tomorrow are required. World leaders, researchers and innovative businesses are doing what they can to reduce our negative impact on the climate. But people’s awareness of climate change also needs to increase. With this in mind, the Swedish Institute launched the exhibition ‘Facing the Climate’, in which Swedish cartoonists offer some amusing, yet alarming reflections on climate change.

Imagine your future city. It’s easy if you try, especially if you are a kid with your hands on the Swedish video game Minecraft.

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.

The Swedish embassy in Pakistan help ensure that violence against women is given higher priority, that authorities respond to the violence and that women gain access to justice? This is done through the project Seven on Tour – a documentary play about seven women activists from seven countries. All this in Pakistan, which ranks in international surveys as one of the most dangerous countries for women to live in.

The Swedish Embassy in Hanoi, in cooperation with Save the Children Vietnam and the University for Social Sciences and Humanities in Hanoi, have produced a Vietnamese version of the Save the Children Sweden handbook ‘Respect! My body!’

The Swedish Embassy in Hanoi, in cooperation with Save the Children Vietnam and the University for Social Sciences and Humanities in Hanoi, have produced a Vietnamese version of the Save the Children Sweden handbook ‘Respect! My body!’

Meat the Global Swedes: Adina Khamitova from Kazakhstan is one of the students presented with the Global Swede award.