News from the Government and Government Offices
Joint statement by High-Level Group in support of implementation of 2030 Agenda
The heads of state and government who last year formed an informal High-Level Group to maintain political support at the top level for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda adopted a joint statement today. This statement to today’s meeting on the 2030 Agenda in the UN General Assembly sends a joint message about the importance of leadership and involving civil society in the work of achieving the Global Goals.
2016 Spring Budget: Building our society – responsibility, security and development
Today the Government is presenting its proposed direction for economic policy ahead of the Budget Bill for 2017. The Government’s priorities – jobs, schools and climate action – remain in place. In addition, the budget for 2016 includes proposals for increased funding to address the refugee situation.
New forecast: Strong Swedish economy
The Swedish economy is in recovery, with growth this year and next expected to be considerably stronger than previously foreseen. We believe GDP growth in 2015 will reach 3.6 per cent, which is the highest growth rate for more than four years. This is the message from Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson, presenting the Ministry of Finance’s latest forecast for the economy and public finances today.
Prevent, preempt and protect – the Swedish counter-terrorism strategy
The Government has drawn up a new national counter-terrorism strategy that will form the basis of Sweden’s long-term work in this area, both nationally and internationally. The aim is to create a clear structure for the work needed to combat terrorist crime. The strategy emphasises the importance of cooperation and clear follow-up of the work done.
A Feminist Government
Sweden has the first feminist government in the world. There is a focus on gender equality, both in national and international work. Women and men must have equal power to shape society and their own lives. Ultimately it is a question of human rights, democracy and justice. Gender equality is also a part of the solution to the challenges facing society. Gender equality is a matter of course in a modern welfare society – for social justice and economic development.
Sweden for the UN Security Council 2017–2018
Sweden is a candidate for a seat on the United Nations Security Council for the period 2017–2018. Our candidacy for the Security Council is an expression of our readiness to take responsibility for promoting peace, security and sustainable development.
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