The Government has taken many initiatives against crime. It has for example taken initiatives to shorten processing times for young offenders. The report of the Sentencing Inquiry, delivered on 31 May, contains a number of proposals concerning young offenders. Read more about this in the Government newsletter.
For the eighth year in a row, the Government Offices is among the exhibitors at Stockholm Pride. This year the festival opens on 31 July and will run until 4 August. Stockholm Pride is the largest festival in the Nordic countries that highlights LGBT issues and creates a free zone for homosexual, bisexual, transgender and queer people. This year's theme is Together.
The month-long conference on an international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) ended on Friday at the UN headquarters in New York. The conference did not succeed in agreeing on a treaty text within the allotted timeframe.
Some 90 countries, including Sweden and the other EU Member States, made a joint statement concerning continued discussions on the basis of the latest text proposed by the President.
Minister for Sport wishes Olympic team every success
The Swedish Olympic Committee is sending a team of more than 130 members and leaders to the Olympic Games in London. The team includes many individual competitors and several squads, including football and handball squads. Minister for Culture and Sports Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth will be in London to follow the first few days of the Games.
In November 2011, the Government appointed the Commission on the Future of Sweden, which is led by the Prime Minister and consists of the Government party leaders as well as nine people with varying perspectives and from different parts of Swedish society. The Commission's task is to identify and analyse future challenges for society and what leads to them.
Agreement was reached today at the European Council on the final outstanding issue in the negotiations on unitary patent protection, i.e. where the seat of the Central Division of the Court of First Instance of the Unified Patent Court will be situated. The solution to the issue, which has been deadlocked since December, is that the seat of the Central Division will be in Paris, while some parts of it will be located in London and Munich.
Today Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt and Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson will present 44 new human rights reports. The reports concern the EU neighbourhood countries - Eastern Europe and the Balkans, Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. In connection with the presentation of the reports, the Government's human rights website www.manskligarattigheter.se is being relaunched.
On 20-22 June, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nearly 50 000 representatives of governments, parliaments, cities, civil society organisations, multilateral organisations and the business sector are expected to attend the meeting. At the meeting, heads of state and government will discuss the economic, social and environmental challenges that the world is facing in its efforts to achieve a sustainable society. Read more about this in the Government newsletter.
The new government agency, the National Government Service Centre, opened its doors to the public on 1 June 2012. The National Government Service Centre offers administrative support services to other government agencies. The aim is to achieve higher productivity, lower costs for joint investments and more consistent quality for the central government as a whole.
The summer holiday period is high season for Swedish travellers. An important job for Sweden's embassies and consulates is helping Swedes who run into difficulties while travelling or in the event of emergencies around the world. At the same time, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs works to increase awareness among Swedish travellers of important things to keep in mind before and during their trip. Read more about this in the Government newsletter.