Iraq's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hoshyar Zebari, will visit Sweden on 26-30 June as part of a European tour. Mr Zebari will meet Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt, Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy Tobias Billström and State Secretary Gunnar Oom. He will also visit the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs. A press conference is taking place on Friday 28 June at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson met Mozambique's Minister of Mineral Resources Esperança Bias at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The agenda included how Mozambique's growing extractive industry can contribute to inclusive growth and reduced poverty, and how Swedish companies can support the country's development.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt will be in Luxembourg on 24-25 June. Today he will attend the Foreign Affairs Council, where EU foreign ministers meet, and tomorrow the General Affairs Council, which is meeting to discuss EU enlargement.
In the Foreign Affairs Council, EU foreign ministers will discuss action by the EU in response to the Arab Spring. The foreign ministers will also discuss, and possibly make decisions concerning, Syria and the EU's continued action.
Mr Bildt will also be attending the General Affairs Council in Luxembourg on Tuesday. Agenda items include the long-term budget, the Western Balkans, and preparations ahead of the European Council on 27-28 June.
On World Refugee Day 20 June focus was very much on the conflict in Syria, which in a short period of time has led to a refugee crisis of enormous proportions. The UN puts the number of Syrians in need of humanitarian aid at 6.8 million, which is one third of that nation's entire population. The number of refugees in neighbouring countries has increased to more than 1.6 million.
On 20 June, Olof Ehrenkrona, ambassador and Senior Advisor to Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt, gave a welcoming address at the Pan-European dialogue on internet governance (EuroDIG 2013). This is an open network for informal and inclusive discussion on public policy issues related to internet governance (IG). Launched in 2008 by a number of key European groups active in the field of IG, EuroDIG is open to all European stakeholders interested in contributing to an open and interactive discussion on IG issues.
Meet Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt, Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson and Minister for EU Affairs Birgitta Ohlsson in interesting discussions on Europe, beginning Monday 1 July.
Minister for Trade Ewa Björling, who is responsible of Nordic cooperation, will also be in Almedalen. She will meet her Nordic minister colleagues in a discussion on the future for Nordic cooperation.
The MFA will also hold a seminar on human rights in Latin America.
Location: All our seminars will be held at Donnersgatan 6, adjacent to Almedalen park in Visby.
As part of Sweden's efforts to strengthen its presence in the southern Caucasus region of Eastern Europe, the Government today decided to establish permanent representations in Azerbaijan's capital Baku and Armenia's capital Yerevan. Such an establishment enhances the conditions for Sweden to play an active role in the region and for Sweden to continue to be a driving force in the development of EU policy towards its eastern European neighbours in the Eastern Partnership.
To strengthen Sweden's presence in the Gulf Region, the Government has also decided to establish a permanent representation in Qatar's capital Doha. This establishment will improve the opportunities for Sweden to continue its active role in the Middle East. The promotion of Sweden is a high priority, as the Qatari market has growing potential for the Swedish business sector.
The human rights reports, presented by Sweden's Ministry for Foreign Affairs in spring 2013, cover the 35 countries of the Americas. The reports reflect the Government's ambition to integrate human rights into all areas of foreign policy and are part of its efforts to safeguard human dignity and the integrity, freedom and inviolability of the individual. This is the eleventh time the Swedish Foreign Service has compiled and published reports on human rights in individual countries. The reports are only available i Swedish.
International surveys rank Sweden high on lists comparing innovation and creativity, which does not come as a surprise after intense hours at the 'The Swedish Affair' event at the E3 computer and video game trade show in Los Angeles.
"Sweden and Swedes are very much noticed, heard and respected in various international contexts regarding the involvement of Swedish entrepreneurs in gaming, literature marketing communication, music, film and fashion. This reputation has been earned through hard work; now it is important to continue developing," says Ewa Björling.
On 10 June, Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt met Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Karel Schwarzenberg, who is visiting Sweden on 9-11 June.
"Relations between the Czech Republic and Sweden are absolutely outstanding. A contributing factor, no doubt, is that we opened the door to refugees fleeing from oppression in the former Czechoslovakia, both after the communist coup of 1948 and the Soviet invasion in 1968," says Mr Bildt.