Gunilla Carlsson is visiting Palestine and Israel on 9-12 June for talks with official representatives, civil society and international organisations on Sweden's commitment to the peace process and its support to the Palestinians.
Ms Carlsson will meet the new Palestinian Prime Minister and the Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister and Minister of Planning, and the Israeli Minister of Finance. She will also meet young Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza to discuss their views on Palestinian development issues.
- YouTube: Gunilla Carlsson talks about the visit in Gaza
- Press release: Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson visits Palestine and Israel
- Debate article: Sieze the opportunity for peace and security!
- Debate article: Sieze the opportunity for peace and security! (pdf 432 kB)
Today the United Nations presented an updated version of the emergency appeals for the humanitarian crisis in and around Syria. In total, the UN is asking donor countries to give around USD 5 billion in 2013, which is the largest appeal ever.
"Today's appeal, which is one of the largest ever, shows how serious the situation in Syria is. We will examine possibilities of increasing our support to Syria and its neighbours. However, it is crucial that all donors take their responsibility and contribute to the humanitarian operations. At the same time, there is no doubt that without a political solution the humanitarian crisis will simply continue to deteriorate," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson.
The focus for the month of June in the Promotion Calendar is on computer games and marketing communication. These are two rapidly growing export industries, where the eyes of the world are on Sweden. On 10-12 June, Minister for Trade Ewa Björling will take part in a major computer games fair in the United States. State Secretary Gunnar Oom will represent Sweden at Cannes Lions, which is the major international meeting point for the marketing communication industry. During Cannes Lions a new learning programme focusing on Swedish creativity - Made@Sweden - will be launched.
The declaration that was adopted yesterday in Kaliningrad confirmed the importance of the Baltic Sea States cooperating on projects in the Baltic Sea region. Close cooperation and coordination are crucial in areas such as the environment.
"Despite our world now being more connected and global than ever before, local and regional cooperation is important as a first step in solving global challenges, not least in the area of climate and the environment," said Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt in his speech at the meeting.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt represented Sweden at the Barents Euro-Arctic Council Summit in Kirkenes in northern Norway on 3-4 June. Discussions concerned future challenges in the region, with opportunities for increased trade, increased growth and environmental and climate initiatives.
"The economic potential of the Barents region is enormous, and the area is unique in Europe in terms of its abundance of metals and minerals, forests, energy and fisheries. It is our responsibility to ensure that this abundance contributes to the development of the Barents region. We must also step up our efforts to tackle the environmental challenges in the region," says Mr Bildt.
Ewa Björling met Yu Zhengsheng
Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of the Chinese People's Consultative Conference, is visiting Gothenburg and Stockholm on 1-4 June.
Carl Bildt met Yu ZhengshengMinister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt met Yu Zhengsheng on Monday during Mr Yu's visit to Stockholm. They talked about the close relations between China and Sweden, continued cooperation to promote trade and investment, research and sustainable development, and reform processes in China. During his visit, Mr Yu will also meet HM The King, Speaker of the Riksdag Per Westerberg and Minister for Finance Anders Borg. He will also visit Hammarby Sjöstad with Minister for Trade Ewa Björling.
Today, 3 June, Sweden will sign the newly negotiated UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The Treaty will be opened for signature by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a formal ceremony at UN headquarters in New York.
"An important part of the work has been successfully concluded," says Minister for Trade Ewa Björling. "This is an historic moment. The international community now clearly declares that illegal trade in arms is not acceptable, since it so obviously contributes to humanitarian suffering and to tearing apart the future prospects of countries."
Today the Government decided to submit a bill to the Riksdag on Swedish participation in the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The proposed Swedish force of approximately 70 persons in all will include a transport aircraft with an in-flight security team, an air transport unit and a national support unit, together with staff officers. Capacity to augment the force at short notice if the need arises is required, and the maximum number of personnel requested is therefore set at 160.
For almost a year now, Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson has worked on the UN High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, mandated by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to present recommendations and proposals for the next development agenda that will replace the current Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015.
- Read the Post-2015 Development Agenda report
- YouTube: 40 sec from Gunilla Carlsson after the presentation of the report
- Press release: Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda presents its report to Ban Ki-moon
- Debate Article: "The world needs to focus its efforts on combating corruption and repression"
Swedish Minister for Trade and Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marty M. Natalegawa signed memorandum of understanding
In connection with the visit by Indonesian President Yudhoyono on 28 May, a memorandum of understanding was signed by Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marty M. Natalegawa and Swedish Minister for Trade Ewa Björling. The memorandum offers the possibility to promote Swedish cutting-edge expertise in the area of environmental technology, within the framework of the SymbioCity concept. Swedish enterprises from various sectors intend to cooperate with their Indonesian counterparts in a range of areas closely linked to urban planning, waste management, water use and energy recovery.