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Sexual and reproductive health a right

23-25 April 400 parliamentarians, ministers and representatives of civil society are gathering in Stockholm for IPCI 2014, an international parliamentarians' conference on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
"Sustainable development is not possible without girls and women participating and being fully included in society. We know that a country's economic growth and social development are multiplied if girls and women are given the chance to develop their full potential," says Ms Engström.

Carl Bildt in an interview with Folha de São Paulo. Photo: Erik Zsiga/Government Offices

Bildt visits Brazil

On 22 April, Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt began a two-day visit to Brazil's largest city São Paulo. The primary purpose of the visit is to participate in the international internet conference NETmundial.
On Tuesday, he met with representatives of the many Swedish companies with a presence in Brazil, including representatives from several of the established manufacturing companies as well as some of the newer companies in innovative growth industries.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt will attend the meeting Luxembourg. Photo: Catarina Axelsson/Regeringskansliet Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt will attend the meeting in Luxembourg. Photo: Catarina Axelsson/Regeringskansliet

EU foreign ministers to discuss Ukraine and Syria

The illegal Russian annexation of Crimea will form the basis of continued discussions on Ukraine when EU foreign ministers hold their monthly meeting in Luxembourg on 14 April. The humanitarian crisis in Syria will also be discussed. Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt will attend the meeting.

Minister for Trade with Ambassador Gunnar Lund and representatives of French trade unions at the Swedish Embassy in Paris. Photo: The Government Offices Minister for Trade with Ambassador Gunnar Lund and representatives of French trade unions at the Swedish Embassy in Paris. Photo: The Government Offices

Aiming for the largest trade agreement ever

On Thursday, Minister for Trade Ewa Björling is participating in a TTIP conference in Paris entitled 'The Future of Transatlantic Trade' on the free trade negotiations between the US and the EU. The TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) aims to create the world's largest free trade area and thus facilitate trade between these two continents.

An atmospheric nuclear test conducted by the U.S. at Enewetak Atoll on 1 November 1952. Photo: The Official CTBTO Photostream

For new steps towards a world without nuclear explosions

The Group of Eminent Persons (GEM) is a recently established high-level advocacy group to promote the global ban on nuclear weapons testing. Its members will meet in Stockholm, Sweden, from 10 to 11 April 2014, where they will also brainstorm with Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt on how to promote the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

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