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She is the first Ambassador of her kind

On 1 January 2015, Annika Molin Hellgren took up her post as Sweden's first Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues and the Coordinator of Sweden's Feminist Foreign Policy. She has previously held positions with the MFA Africa Department, the Delegation of Sweden to the OECD in Paris, the Permanent Mission of Sweden in Geneva, and in the Middle East. In this article, Annika Molin Hellgren explains more about her assignment and why a feminist foreign policy is necessary.

Margot Wallström in the Riksdag. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand/Riksdagen

Statement of Foreign Policy 2015

What should Swedish foreign policy look like? The foreign policy debate is held in the Riksdag each year and traditionally begins with the Minister for Foreign Affairs presenting the Statement of Government Policy on Foreign Affairs - a programmatic declaration setting out visions for Sweden's work in the world.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström receives Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström receives Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Foto: Mikael Sjöberg/ Regeringskansliet

Visit by President Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is in Stockholm today on an official visit. Among those Mr Abbas will meet are the Prime Minister, the King and also the Archbishop. Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström will meet Mr Abbas to discuss Sweden's recognition of Palestine and other matters.

"It is an important visit that will deal with how to move the peace process forward, and what Sweden can do to help. We will also discuss our expectations regarding Palestine and our cooperation in the area of development and aid, of which democracy, environment and economic development are important components," says Ms Wallström.

Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin together with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, head of UN Women. Photo: Annika Flensburg/Government Offices Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin together with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, head of UN Women. Photo: Annika Flensburg/Government Offices

Isabella Lövin visiting UN Headquarters

Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin is visiting the UN Headquarters in New York to discuss the new post-2015 global development goals that will be adopted in September. She will address the UN General Assembly and meet UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, Amina J. Mohammed. On Tuesday, Ms Lövin will participate in an event together with Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. The event will focus on the link between the post-2015 agenda and the new climate agreement that will be adopted in December this year.

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Press briefing with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström, Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin and Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson held a joint press conference with UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. Mr Guterres will also meet Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and participate in a seminar at the Riksdag.

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