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Protecting girls and women in humanitarian emergencies

Minister for International Development Cooperation Hillevi Engström is in London for a meeting on protecting girls and women in humanitarian emergencies.
Participants will also discuss the humanitarian operation following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

"Protecting women and girls from violence must be a top priority for the UN and other actors. Various kinds of measures are needed in crises such as those in Syria and the Philippines to increase the level of protection. Women's rights must be respected," says Ms Engström.

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Promotion of Swedish literature in focus

November in the month for literature in Minister for Trade Ewa Björling's promotion calendar. In 2013, some 140 literary activities will be undertaken by Swedish embassies around the world. Although it is difficult to put a numerical value on Swedish literature, there is an obvious interest for Swedish literature and Swedish authors. The focus this year is on new markets where Swedish literature is not yet so well known, such as China, Russia and Latin America. A new feature this year is the Nordic mystery weekend in Paris, with Jens Lapidus, Maj Sjöwall and Anna Jansson as guests.

Ewa Björling attended the meeting of Nordic cooperation ministers. Ewa Björling attended the meeting of Nordic cooperation ministers. Photo: Sara Lööf/UD

Björling and Bildt in Nordic Council of Ministers meeting

Alongside Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt, Minister for Trade Ewa Björling, who is responsible for Nordic cooperation, also took part in the 65th Session of the Nordic Council in Oslo on 29-31 October.

Ewa Björling met Nordic trade ministers

On Wednesday morning, a meeting of the Nordic trade ministers was held. The discussions included the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). All of the Nordic ministers expressed cautious optimism that the Ninth WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali would be successful, and they all agreed on the great economic importance of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Bildt chaired meeting of Nordic foreign ministers

Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt chaired the meeting of the Nordic foreign ministers held on Wednesday as part of the 65th Session of the Nordic Council in Oslo. Sweden is leading the informal Nordic cooperation on foreign affairs in 2013.
Ghana and Sweden serve as co-hosts of the GAVI meeting in Stockholm. Photo: Erik Wirkensjö/MFA Ghana and Sweden serve as co-hosts of the GAVI meeting in Stockholm. Photo: Erik Wirkensjö/MFA

International vaccine meeting in Stockholm

Sweden and Ghana serve as co-hosts when the GAVI Alliance presents its Mid-Term Review report on 30 October in Stockholm. Some 180 representatives of GAVI's donor and partner countries are expected to attend the meeting.

Carl Bildt at Barents Euro-Arctic Council meeting in Tromsø. Photo: Erik Zsiga/MFA Carl Bildt at Barents Euro-Arctic Council meeting in Tromsø. Photo: Erik Zsiga/MFA

Carl Bildt participates in Barents Euro-Arctic Council meeting in Tromsø

Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt is visiting Norway on 28-30 October. There he is attending the 14th session of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council in Tromsø and then the foreign ministers meeting at the Nordic Council session in Oslo.

Sweden praised for aid transparency

Sweden was ranked among the ten most transparent countries and organisations as regards aid when the British organisation Publish What You Fund presented its Aid Transparency Index on Thursday. The 2013 index looks at 67 organisations and countries, including several UN organisations.

Hillevi Engström welcomes new UN resolution

Minister for International Development Cooperation Hillevi Engström welcomes the new resolution on women, peace and security adopted by the UN Security Council.

- Highlighting the role of women in peace-support efforts is a priority issue for the Government. I therefore particularly welcome this resolution that so clearly highlights the importance of supporting women's participation and influence, says Ms Engström.

Bildt took part in Riksdag foreign policy debate

Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt was present as the Riksdag debated international affairs and Sweden's foreign policy on 14 October as part of the Riksdag's general policy debate. The general policy debate lasts for three days and started on Monday. During the debate, members of the Riksdag have the opportunity to speak about subjects of their choice. Mr Bildt singled out three issues that are of greatest importance to him at the moment.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt and Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans. Photo: Catarina Axelsson/MFA

Bildt met Dutch foreign minister

Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt met Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans today.
The ministers discussed developments in the EU's Eastern Partnership, as well as developments in South-East Europe and Syria.

They also exchanged thoughts on internet freedom. On Tuesday, Mr Bildt will travel to South Korea where, together with 800 delegates from over 80 countries, he will take part in the Seoul Conference on Cyberspace.

During her visit to UAE Ewa Björling met Women for Sustainable Growth and Dubai Women's Establishment. During her visit to UAE Ewa Björling met Women for Sustainable Growth and Dubai Women's Establishment.

Ewa Björling opened Middle East Summit

On Wednesday 9 October, Minister for Trade Ewa Björling took part in Business Sweden's Middle East and North Africa Summit 2013 in Dubai, a recurring event that brings together Swedish actors in the region.

"I have encountered considerable commitment from both Swedish entrepreneurs and the people of the United Arab Emirates. We have also signed a Letter of Intent focusing on enhanced cooperation within research and innovation, and small and medium-sized enterprises. The MENA region is an important market for Swedish export industries, with exports of around SEK 43 billion in 2012, and we see continued great potential even though there are also challenges," said Dr Björling.