This year Sweden celebrates 70 years in the UN. And for as many years, Sweden has supported peacebuilding efforts, through its national membership but also through all of the Swedes who work under the UN flag out in the field. Malin Herwig is one of these people.

En dépit de leur importance, les thèmes de la masculinité et de la paternité font rarement l’objet des discussions publiques dans la société et dans les médias. L’Ambassade de Suède et le Bureau du Coordonnateur Résident des Nations Unies au Maroc ont organisé une table ronde qui a permis à des hommes engagés de présenter leurs expériences et leurs perspectives sur la masculinité, la paternité et l’égalité des genres.

The link between women, peace and security is arguably of special importance in a country like Jordan. Jordan is one of the major contributors of personnel to UNs peace keeping missions with over a thousand military and police staff in nine missions worldwide. It is also a country which is deeply affected by the Syria Crisis in terms of economic, social and not least security related terms. It hosts more than 600 000 Syrian refugees and a large number of refugees from other regional conflicts in Iraq, Libya and Yemen.

Slalomåk på morgonen, varma havsbad på dagen och stjärnklara kvällar bland vidsträckta sanddyner. En typisk dag på julsemestern – i Dubai.

Trade in services is spurring growth in Africa as it becomes more advanced and specialised. Now, as the Global Goals are to be implemented, there is great potential for Swedish solutions in water purification, environmental technology and sanitation.

Walking in the souq in the old city or driving on the busy streets in the more modern parts of Hebron you may run into a team of Europeans in grey uniforms with red armbands with an inscription in Arabic, Hebrew and English. These are the observers of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) working to create a sense of security for the Palestinian population. TIPH has existed in its present form since 1997 and today there are around 60 internationals in the mission.

As part of the process of revising the Swedish National Action Plan on implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs is currently undertaking field consultations with relevant actors in conflict and post-conflict countries.

Three retired Swedish ambassadors share their professional experiences and serve as mentors as The Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) and the Swedish Consulate General in Jerusalem initiates a series of high-level seminars and courses for Palestinian diplomats and civil servants in key positions within the Palestinian Authority.