German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives in Stockholm in Tuesday for talks with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and to take part in some inspiring seminars on future innovative solutions.

After decades of civil war, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) was established in 2013. Among its mandated functions is to support the Federal Government of Somalia in the areas of peace- and state-building.

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).

It’s 250 years since Sweden established the world’s strongest freedom of the press through a ground-breaking new fundamental law, the Freedom of the Press Act.
Freedom of the press, freedom of expression and opposition to censorship are of course well worth celebrating – and continuing to fight for today!

Idag avgörs det om Sverige kommer att sitta i Förenta Nationernas säkerhetsråd 2017-2018. Alla FN-länder har en röst var när generalförsamlingen fattar sitt beslut.

Hans Blix’ career path was shaped during the Second World War: he wanted to head out into the world and work for peace. This drive led him to several leading international positions and a mission as one of the leading forces working for safer nuclear energy and against weapons of mass destruction.

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.

It is often said of Olof Palme that he made Sweden larger.

This may be true, but it was hardly his objective. Olof Palme was an outspoken fighter for the rights and freedoms of people all over the world – a tradition that Swedish foreign policy still rests on today. This is how peace and security have to be built.

“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. There is always something you can contribute. The most dangerous thing is indifference.”

Sincere words spoken by Jan Eliasson, UN diplomat with half a century of diplomacy and international commitment under his belt. He has mediated in six international conflicts, been Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations and the President of the UN General Assembly. Today, he is the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.