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.

UN Security Council visits the Lake Chad region to call attention to the security and humanitarian crisis in the region. The decision for the Council to visit the region resulted from a briefing on the situation in the region held during the Swedish Presidency.

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.