Mission: The Future

Mission: The Future was the Government’s project for long-term ideas and policy development to tackle the challenges of the future. The project was begun in February 2015 and concluded in April 2016 when the final report was submitted to the Government. The minister responsible for Mission: The Future was Kristina Persson, Minister for Strategic Development and Nordic Cooperation from 3 October 2014 to 25 May 2016.

Mission: The future – the Government’s work on future issues

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The report was presented to State Secretary Maja Fjaestad. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

State Secretary Maja Fjaestad on algorithms and their impact on society

“Algorithms in Society” is the name of a report presented at a seminar on Friday 11 March. To gain a greater understanding of algorithms and their importance to society, the Prime Minister’s Office’s Secretariat for Strategic Development for the Future tasked researchers Jutta Haider and Olof Sundin from Lund University’s Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences to find out more about algorithms and their social impact. The report was presented to State Secretary Maja Fjaestad.

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Economist Klas Eklund and Kommunal Chair Annelie Nordström will lead the analysis group on the future labour market. Photo: Martina Huber/Government Offices

"Work is the cement of the Swedish welfare state"

‘The future of work’. This is the name of one of the three thematic areas that the Government’s new Secretariat for Startegic Development for the Future will work with. The Government’s objectives of high employment and low unemployment will be the focus of an analysis group by the same name, led by Annelie Nordström, Chair of the Swedish Municipal Workers’ Union (Kommunal), and Klas Eklund, economist and writer with previous experience of political assignments in the Government Offices.

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Kristina Persson is Minister for Strategic Development. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

Green transition part of the big picture

The analysis group ‘The green transition’ will set out from the visions of a fossil-free vehicle fleet by 2030 and a carbon neutral Sweden in 2050, and will describe the political and market changes needed to realise these goals. This is one of three analysis groups within the framework of the Government’s future-oriented project ‘Mission: The Future’, led by Kristina Persson, Minister for Strategic Development and Nordic Cooperation.

Three focus areas in the Government’s work on future issues

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The analysis group ‘The future of work’ will analyse and describe the conditions, challenges and opportunities presented by the targets of high employment and low unemployment in the medium and longer term. Maskot bildbyrå.

The future of the work

New technology and the resulting automation, digitalisation and continued global structural transformation will affect the future labour market. What are the implications of these developments for jobs in the future and how can policies anticipate these consequences? Value creation in the economy, meanwhile, must switch to what we need most, such as health and social care, education, infrastructure and culture.

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The group on ‘The green transition’ will investigate ways of achieving the changes Sweden needs to become an ecologically sustainable society with a competitive business sector. Photo: Maskot bildbyrå

The Green Transition

Climate change – the great challenge of our time – also offers great opportunities for change and modernisation. This is not just an environmental issue – the transition is part of our policy for competitiveness, job creation and welfare.

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The need for cooperation between countries has grown considerably, but the ability to cooperate has not developed at the same pace. Photo: Maskot bildbyrå

Global cooperation

The need for cooperation between countries has grown considerably, but the ability to cooperate has not developed at the same pace. Since new development goals are being prepared, 2015 is an important year for efforts to promote global sustainable development. Implementation of these goals will present new challenges, both to the way we work here at home and to our cooperation around the World.

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