NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs to Host Foreign Minister of Sweden Margot Wallström on “Feminist Foreign Policy”

Cosponsored by the Mission of Sweden to the United Nations, the October 30 Discussion Will Focus on the Impact of Feminism in Foreign Relations


NEW YORK, October 27, 2017 – The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Center for Global Affairs (CGA) will host the Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, the architect of Sweden’s feminist foreign policy, for a timely discussion on Monday, October 30.

Sweden has made a “feminist foreign policy” a priority, declaring equal rights for women and girls to be a fundamental human rights issue with profound implications for peace and security and development internationally. Among its areas of focus, this agenda has tasked Sweden’s Foreign Service with enhancing the agency of women as actors within the framework of conflict prevention, emphasized the delivery of reproductive and sexual health services, and strengthening the human rights of women and girls who are refugees and migrants. Operationalizing this agenda is a priority for Sweden’s term as an elected member of the UN Security Council in 2017-18.

CGA Clinical Professor Anne Marie Goetz will host the conversation with Wallström on how Sweden has enacted these commitments in its practices and the impact of including an explicit feminist agenda in its foreign relations as well as on peace and security more largely.

Wallström, a Swedish Social Democratic Party politician and diplomat, has been Sweden’s minister for foreign affairs since October 2014. She previously served as European commissioner for the environment from 1999 to 2004, and as first vice president of the European Commission, responsible for institutional relations and communication strategy, from 2004 to 2009. From 2010 to 2012, Wallström was the special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. She has served as chair of the board of Lund University, chair of the Council of Women World Leaders Ministerial Initiative, and as board member of the Global Challenges Foundation. She was chair of the board of advisers of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) in 2014 and a member of the board from 2011 to 2014. Wallström has received honorary doctorate degrees from Chalmers University of Technology, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Umeå University, and Mälardalen University.

Cosponsored by the Mission of Sweden to the United Nations, the event will take place on Monday, October 30, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs, Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay St. 4th Floor.

Please register at https://goo.gl/forms/LnNXOtc1xSDHbQzF3. For media inquiries, please contact Cheryl Feliciano at cheryl.feliciano@nyu.edu or Alka Gupta at aag13@nyu.edu.

About the NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs
The NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs facilitates change by educating and inspiring our community members to become global citizens who are capable of identifying and implementing solutions to pressing global challenges. We believe that the development of solutions to global problems must be informed by an understanding that the world’s challenges are not merely challenges for and among states and traditional diplomatic outlets, but also challenges for nonstate actors, urban and rural communities, and regional organizations.

Through rigorous graduate and professional education programs and public events, we prepare global citizens who are at home in all of these environments—and thus, who are effective agents of change.

For more information, visit sps.nyu.edu/cga.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies
Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

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