Sweden is a role model concerning efforts to protect refugees

On Wednesday 30 March, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven received UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at Rosenbad for discussions. The agenda included the conflict in Syria, the refugee situation, the implementation of the Global Goals, gender equality and women’s participation in peace processes.

  • Photo of Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

    Prime Minister Stefan Löfven welcomes UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at Rosenbad.

    Photo: Sören Andersson

  • Photo of Mr Ban and Mr Löfven.

    Mr Ban and Mr Löfven held a joint press conference at Rosenbad.

    Photo: Sören Andersson

  • Photo of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven

    Prime Minister Stefan Löfven received UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at Rosenbad for discussions. The agenda included, among other issues, the conflict in Syria, the refugee situation and the implementation of the Global Goals.

    Photo: Sören Andersson

After the talks, Mr Ban and Mr Löfven held a joint press conference at Rosenbad, where they said that they had talked about the need for an asylum and refugee policy based on solidarity in both Europe and the rest of the world. They both stressed the importance of more countries needing to do more to help people in need and maintain the right to asylum. They agreed that the conflict in Syria must come to an end and that this can only be achieved through political means.

– We agree that Syria’s women must have more influence in the peace talks. Sweden has taken the lead in enabling this through our support to several women’s organisations in Syria, said Mr Löfven.

Global responsibility for refugee reception

Mr Ban pointed out Sweden as a role model in the efforts to protect refugees who have been forced to leave their homes due to war and terrorism. He urged more countries to help ensure a shared and fair reception of refugees. Mr Ban emphasised that responsibility for refugee reception lies not only with European countries – it is a global responsibility. Mr Ban also highlighted the Swedish Government’s feminist commitment.

Later tonight, Mr Ban and Mr Löfven will continue to talk about the important work of implementing the 2030 Agenda and the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

 –The 2030 Agenda is an opportunity to make the world more sustainable, equitable and fair. Sweden wants to lead the way in this respect. For example, we have set a goal to be the world’s first fossil-free welfare nation, said Mr Löfven.