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Margot Wallström

Margot Wallström

Until her appointment as Sweden’s foreign minister, Margot Wallström was a member of IHRB’s international board of advisers. She has been Special Representative to the UN Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. She is a former Vice President of the European Commission and Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders' Ministerial Initiative.

Ms. Wallström’s distinctions include being voted “Commissioner of the Year” by the European Voice newspaper in 2002. She has received numerous awards on rights, as well as environmental and European issues, including the Monismanien Award for Freedom of Speech (2009) and the Göteborg Award on Sustainable Development.

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Conflict gold transaction in U.S. dollars in eastern Congo. Photo: Flickr/ ENOUGH Project

Commentary: How to strengthen the EU’s conflict minerals proposals

Earlier this month the European Union announced plans aimed at limiting global trade in minerals mined in conflict zones. While the goal of the new initiative is laudable, the approach being proposed – essentially a voluntary reporting scheme – is...

26 March 2014

By Margot Wallström

Fueled by conflict minerals, warfare in the DRC has cost over 5 million lives. Photo: Oxfam International

Commentary: EU key to further progress on conflict minerals

The ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the deadliest since World War II. Over five million lives have been lost and ongoing violence is currently responsible for an estimated 1,100 rapes per month.

It is widely accepted...

22 August 2013

By Margot Wallström

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