Last year, more countries were experiencing violent conflict than in nearly 30 years. In many cases we didn’t fail to see the conflicts coming – we failed to respond in time. It is time to step up. We must act before wars are waged and massacres committed. We must invest in peace.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström has been awarded a prize by the UN body UN Women in New York. She received the Agent of Change Award for her commitment to gender equality and her work to strengthen women’s rights.

Idag publicerar Utrikesdepartementet nya landrapporter om mänskliga rättigheter, demokrati och rättsstatens principer. Lanseringen är en del av regeringens arbete för att främja, förebygga och påverka utvecklingen i dessa frågor. Rapporterna finns att läsa på regeringens hemsida.

Six years have now passed since the conflict in Syria broke out, when the regime met peaceful protests with brutal violence. The only sustainable way forward is a political solution to the conflict.

Det är nu sex år sedan konflikten i Syrien inleddes när regimen mötte fredliga protester med brutalt våld. Den enda hållbara vägen framåt är en politisk lösning på konflikten.

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.