On 1 January, as Sweden assumed its place on the Security Council, António Guterres became the new Secretary-General of the United Nations. We are encouraged by his vision statement, with its focus on strengthening the UN’s ability to prevent armed conflicts. We intend to build on this during Sweden’s presidency in January.

The EU enlargement package was adopted by the EU Commission on 9 November. This week, the conclusions will be discussed and adopted at the General Affairs Council (GAC).

Efter 15 års frånvaro återvänder nu Sverige till Tunisien. Idag inviger utrikesminister Margot Wallström Sveriges ambassad på plats i Tunis.

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.

When Alva Myrdal was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1982, she had been fighting a tough battle for decades as one of the strongest advocates of disarmament. For many years, she led the Swedish delegation in the disarmament negotiations in Geneva and was the first woman to reach leading positions in the United Nations.

So Alva Myrdal could well be seen as an early incarnation of the feminist foreign policy that Sweden pursues today.

The United Nations, headed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has chosen Crown Princess Victoria to be one of sixteen Advocates to promote the Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals. The role the Crown Princess and the other Advocates will play will be to “leverage their unique standing and leadership” to promote the messages and encourage partnerships with governments, the private sector and civil society.

När regeringen idag välkomnar FN:s generalsekreterare Ban Ki-moon till Stockholm så gör vi det med ett FN-engagemang som är brett förankrat i det svenska samhället, en klar bild av organisationens styrkor och svagheter, och en tydlig syn på vad vi vill åstadkomma.

On Friday the relationship between Sweden and Saudi Arabia was discussed in the Swedish Riksdag. ”We are keen to preserve and develop this relationship”, Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said.

We share a common destiny, and we do so at a time of greater insecurity.