Bildt, Carl

Bildt, Carl

Former Prime Minister of Sweden; WHO Special Envoy for the ACT-Accelerator, Stockholm

Carl Bildt has served as both Prime Minister (1991-1994) and Foreign Minister (2006-2014) of Sweden. 

During the first period, his government initiated major liberal economic reforms, as well as negotiated and signed a membership agreement with the European Union. The reform period in the early and mid-1990s is generally seen as having paved the way for the successful growth decades that followed. 

Subsequently, he served in international functions with the EU and UN, primarily related to the conflicts in the Balkans. He was Co-Chairman of the Dayton peace talks on Bosnia and became the first High Representative in the country. Later, he was the Special Envoy of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the region. 

Carl Bild was an early advocate of the new ICT technologies. A 1994 email exchange between him and President Clinton was the first between heads of state/governments. 

After stepping down as leader of the Moderate Party of Sweden in 1999 and leaving Parliament in 2000 he was also engaged in corporate boards in Sweden and the US as well as different international think-tanks.  

Returning as Foreign Minister of Sweden in 2006, he comes to be seen as one of the most prominent and vocal of European foreign ministers during those years. He was one of the initiators of the EU's Eastern Partnership and pushed the EU forward also on issues of the Middle East. 

He serves as one of the Senior Advisors to the Wallenberg Foundations in Sweden and is on the Board of Trustees of the RAND Corporation in the US. 

@carlbildt has continued to push the use of social media in international diplomacy.


Tuesday 15 June

  • Global Perspectives on Fighting COVID-19

    What is the current rate of vaccination in Europe? What are the lessons learnt of applied restrictive measures? Could ‘mini Schengen in times of pandemic be efficient and help to fight the virus without endangering the transborder life/trade?

    • Bildt, Carl
    • Chakrabarti, Sumantra
    • Čadež, Marko
    • Wheaton, Sarah

    While the global distribution of vaccines is essential, how can we make sure that the shortage of the vaccines and the race to procure them is not abused for geopolitical purposes? How to make sure the populations around the world are not held hostage to vaccine “holders” and have equitable assess to this global good?

    Maria Theresia

    Grand Hotel River Park
    Live broadcast