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Margot Wallström is the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs. Ms. Wallström previously served as European Commissioner for the Environment from 1999 to 2004 and as European Commissioner for Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy from 2004 to 2009. She was also Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

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Nordics Are Good Partners to the United States

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 4:26 PM

Nordic leaders will meet with President Obama on a wide range of issues at the U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit in the White House on Friday, May 13. Nordic countries enjoy a close relationship with the United States, and we all work hard for a strong transatlantic bond.

The much quoted Nordic...

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Mediation: The Real Weapon for Peace

(3) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 9:08 AM

We're closing the books on a year that has brought successes for diplomacy but also horrible reminders of its failures. Persistent and patient negotiations resulted in an agreement on the nuclear issue between the so called EU3+3 and Iran. The peace process in Colombia shows great promise for ending decades...

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Will the European Endgame on Conflict Minerals Put an End to Financing Rape in the DRC?

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 9:43 AM

In the Eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), armed groups and criminal operators terrorize the population. Sexual violence against women is frequently used as a weapon to exert control over commerce, land, and the primary labor force in this largely agrarian region. Survivors of sexualized violence...

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Midwives4All: Professionals Who Put Women First Have the Power to Change the Future

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 4:16 PM

Today, on International Women's Day, Sweden is speaking out in support of every woman's right to a midwife. The midwifery profession and workforce have the power to save thousands of lives each year.

They therefore deserve our full recognition and respect. High maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity, including...

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Ending Rape as a War Tactic

(6) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 8:32 AM

For the first time ever, the declaration issued by participating Heads of State and Government at the NATO Summit in Chicago last month included a paragraph on sexual and gender-widespread violence. This is not only a recognition of the changing nature of conflict, but also an acknowledgement by NATO of...

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A Glimmer of Hope for the Women in Congo

(3) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 11:17 AM

Editor's Note: May 31 marks Margot Wallström's last day serving as the UN's Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, a position she has held since April 2010.

As my time serving as the first-ever UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence...

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Historic Transition in Libya Must Not Forget the Survivors of Sexual Violence

(2) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 2:57 PM

As the Security Council last week voted unanimously to extend the mandate of the UN's political mission in Libya, its members expressed their deep concern about sexual violence in the country. The United Nations' mandate includes supporting the government in promoting democracy, restoring public security, and explicitly mentions the monitoring...

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Naming and Shaming Sexual Violence

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 11:59 AM

Sexual violence in conflict is a serious, present-day crisis affecting millions of people around the world. Ending sexual violence as a tactic of war remains one of the greatest challenges to the protection of human rights. The UN Secretary-General's annual report this week is the first to contain a list...

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Unique Chance for South Sudan to Herald Women's Rights

(2) Comments | Posted July 6, 2011 | 3:14 PM

On July 9th, South Sudan will declare its independence, becoming Africa's newest nation. The challenges it faces are many. 50 years of war and conflict have seriously undermined the capacity of institutions at all levels to provide justice. Scores of cases of human rights violations and abuses, including sexual violence...

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The War in Congo Waged on the Bodies of Women and Girls

(6) Comments | Posted March 7, 2011 | 11:00 PM

On the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, March 8, ending sexual violence as a war weapon remains one of the greatest challenges to the protection of women's human rights. Whether the survivor is an eight-year-old girl or an 80-year-old grandmother, we must know that the UN is doing all...

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Women We Need: Towards a More Female-centred Foreign Policy

(4) Comments | Posted January 8, 2009 | 11:02 AM

The recent nomination by incoming President Barack Obama of Senator Hillary Clinton as the next Secretary of State and Susan Rice as the new US Ambassador to the UN confirms that more countries are choosing to appoint females to lead their countries in the international arena. Since Madeleine Albright became...

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