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.

President Mahmoud Abbas was in Stockholm on Tuesday on an official visit. Watch the interview with President Mahmoud Abbas on the Swedish recognition of the State of Palestine.

They’re bold. They’re fearless. And, they’re tearing up physical and social tracks all over Palestine. They’re the Speed Sisters: five women who form the first all-female racing team in the Middle East.

Water has been identified as the number one global risk ahead of this week’s World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. Sweden is actively involved in efforts to achieve sustainable and equitable water solutions in one of the most water-scarce regions in the world – the Middle East and North Africa.

Bombs and rockets stopped falling over Gaza and Israel four months ago and most international news outlets left soon after. But for the Gazans, the war is ever present: the loss of family, friends and colleagues, homes and schools destroyed and damaged, the trauma and tragedy.

It is not every day that Sweden recognizes a new state. The last couple of weeks have thus been a very special time to be representing Sweden here in Jerusalem.

Returning always brings strong impressions: of the dynamic and exciting Tel Aviv, the solemn and chaotic Jerusalem and even a Gaza that somehow survives against the odds. And the dominating topic for discussion is always the same: the occupation, or “the situation” as many Israelis refer to it.

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