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Margot Wallström: Chair Ministerial Initiative, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sweden, 2014-Present

Margot Wallström is the current Minister of Foreign Affairs in Sweden, and has held the office since October 2014. Wallström has had a long and illustrious career in both Swedish and European Union Politics. She has served in the Swedish government as the Minister for Civil Affairs (1988-1991), Minister for Culture (1994-1996), Minister for Social Affairs (1996-1998), and as a representative in the Swedish parliament from 1979-1985. From 1974-1977, Wallström served as Ombudsman of the Swedish Social Democratic Party. In European Politics, she served as European Commissioner for the Environment from 1999-2004 and as the first Vice President of the European Commission from 2004-2010. She became Chair of the Ministerial Initiative of the Council for Women World Leaders in 2007. In 2010 Ban Ki-Moon appointed her the first ever Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Upon the completion of her term as Special Representative of the United Nations, Wallström became Chair of the University Board of Lund University in Sweden. Although Wallström has no higher education degrees, she was awarded honorary doctorates from Chalmers University and Mälardalen University, as well as an honorary Doctor of Human Letters degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

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