At a Monday press conference in Stockholm, António Guterres said that the Syrian conflict marks the "resumption of a Cold War" and that Sweden acts as a "bridge-builder" at a time of increased global tensions.
Follow our reporting about Sweden and the changes in Tunisia, Egypt, and other parts of the Middle East.
- Informal weekend meeting.
- Swedish Radio investigation.
Sweden's civil aviation authority has come under fire for the military connections one of its business partners has in the United Arab Emirates.
- UN ceasefire resolution.
Deadly violence has continued in Syria despite a UN ceasefire resolution, drafted by Sweden and Kuwait, that was adopted last weekend.
- Hillel Neuer speaks to Radio Sweden.
UN Watch, an NGO which scrutinises the United Nations, has criticised Sweden's foreign minister Margot Wallström for not condemning Iran strongly enough over its violent response to protests in the country.
- Wants political solution.
Sweden plans to call for a special meeting of the UN Security Council, where Sweden has one of the rotating seats, after the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
- Future unclear.
Sweden's government signaled on Thursday that it would ask parliament to continue the nation's military training mission in Iraq.
- Private project.
Radio Sweden has met Hamid Zafar, a school principal who objects to the negative image of Afghanistan given by the media and by protesters in Sweden, and who wants to help youths in Afghanistan get an education.
- Jailed human-rights activist.
The Swedish foreign affairs ministry summoned Turkey’s ambassador today after being informed that the IT consultant and human-rights activist Ali Gharavi could risk a long prison sentence in Turkey for alleged terror crimes.
- Interpol notice.
The Swedish-Turkish writer Hamza Yalcin has been seized by Spanish police in Barcelona after the Turkish government said he was suspected of supporting terrorism.
- Trial postponed.
The trial against a Karolinska Institutet researcher, detained in Iran since April last year, was due to begin on Wednesday, but has been postponed. Ahmadreza Djalali has been accused of espionage, and may face the death penalty.
- Jailed in Istanbul.
Ali Gharavi, a Swedish human rights activist recently arrested in Turkey, will have the chance to meet with his family while in jail, according to Brittis Edman from Amnesty International Sweden.
- This week, we spoke to a Swedish Radio reporter in Istanbul about the arrest of six human rights activists including a Swedish citizen.
- Washington DC.
The Trump administration is hosting its first international meeting to discuss the fight against ISIS today. Margot Wallström, Sweden’s foreign minister, will be in attendance along with representatives from 60 other countries.
- Held rally in Stockholm suburb.
Sweden's prime minister, Stefan Löfven, has given Turkey the green light to campaign in Sweden ahead of a referendum on expanding presidential powers in Turkey - a vote that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has pushed for.
- Trade and business focus.
Sweden's Social Democrat prime minister Stefan Löfven has accepted an invitation from President Hassan Rouhani to visit Iran in February, the government announced Monday.