Sweden's New PM Stefan Löfven Visits New York

Swedish PM in New York

It's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's first official visit to New York since his election in September. Löfven and Ambassador Björn Lyrvall are attending  the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Unicef Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international human rights treaty designed to protect children around the world.

Also present is Queen Silvia, who is a patron of several children's rights charities and Åsa Regnér, Minister for Children, the Elderly, and Gender Equality.

In a statement from Unicef they indicated "there is much to celebrate...from declining infant mortality to rising school enrolment, but this historic milestone must also serve as an urgent reminder that much remains to be done. Too many children still do not enjoy their full rights on par with their peers".

The Prime Minister's three day visit to the US will also include a number of meetings aimed at strengthening Sweden's relations with the UN. Löfven will meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon where they will discuss environmental issues including how to "work to achieve a sufficiently ambitious global climate agreement" at a key global summit in Paris next year. Also to be discussed are the topics of international policies on gender discrimination and sustainable development.

During his time in New York PM Löfven is scheduled to meet with former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, visit the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce and the New York branch of Swedish music streaming site Spotify, as well as give a lecture about the Nordic model at New York University.


Photo: Lisa Laskaridis Sarmiento