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Lena Sommestad  

Areas of Environmental Action:

Energy, Education, Law, Sustainable Consumption 

Summary of Achievements:

Lena Sommestad is Minister for the Environment in the Ministry of Sustainable Development in the Swedish government.

As Minister for the Environment, she is responsible for Sweden's strategy for sustainable development. The Government's ambition is to ensure that Sweden, today and in the future, is able to combine sound economic development with social justice and a clean environment fit for human beings.

Her areas of responsibility include: chemicals policy, ecocycle policy, environment and health, climate policy, water and seas, nature conservation and biological diversity, environmental legislation, European Union and international cooperation

Lena Sommestad studied social sciences at Uppsala University and got a Ph.D. degree in 1992. From 1998 to 2002 she was the Managing Director of the Swedish Institute for Futures Studies. She had not held a politically elected office before Prime Minister Göran Persson made her Minister for the Environment in 2002.

Mrs. Lena Sommestad is co-chair of the Network of Women Ministers for the Environment, alongside Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, South Africa.


Ministry of Sustainable Development, Government of Sweden


Lena Sommestad
Tegelbacken 2
103 33 Stockholm
'Sweden '

Website: http://www.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/1127