International development cooperation

Sweden has a long tradition of generous and ambitious development aid. Development cooperation is about helping to enable poor people to improve their living conditions. Swedish development aid is often channelled through international organisations such as the UN and the EU. Humanitarian assistance refers to Sweden’s activities to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain the human dignity of those affected by natural disasters, armed conflicts or other similar circumstances.

Responsible for international development cooperation

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Isabella Lövin
Isabella Lövin Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister

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News about international development cooperation

  • The Ocean Conference concluded in New York

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      Concluding session of The Ocean Conference in New York. On stage, from left: Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo, Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama from Fiji, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate Isabella Lövin and Under-Secretary-General Catherine Pollard.

      Photo: Lisa Laskaridis Sarmiento/Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations

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      Minister for International Development and Climate Isabella Lövin at the World Oceans Day in New York.

      Photo: UN

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      Celebration of World Oceans Day in the UN General Assembly hall in New York.

      Photo: UN

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      Crown Princess Victoria attending The Ocean Conference.

      Photo: Elisabeth Winqvist/Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations

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      Crown Princess Victoria in her role as Sustainable Development Goal Advocate.

      Photo: Elisabeth Winqvist/Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations

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      Isabella Lövin delivers Sweden’s national statement at the Ocean Conference on 6 June 2017.

      Photo: Nilofar Saidi/Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations

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      Panel discussion ‘Does the ocean need more science or more action?’ with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog, Sky News correspondent Thomas Moore, President of the United Nations General Assembly Peter Thomson, UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim, Prince Albert of Monaco and IOC-UNESCO Chair, Peter Haugan.

      Photo: Kensuke Matsueda

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      Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate Isabella Lövin welcomes UN Secretary-General António Guterres to the opening reception.

      Photo: Elisabeth Winqvist/Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations

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      Dress from plastic shoreline trash.

      Photo: Elisabeth Winqvist/Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations

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      Meeting in the United Nations Security Concil.

      Photo: UN

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      Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate Isabella Lövin at the United Nations Security Council on

      Photo: Government Offices of Sweden

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      Monaco held a side event - Monaco Explorations - attended by Prince Albert and Adrian Grenier, Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Environment Programme.

      Photo: Elisabeth Winqvist/Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations

    "I truly believe this conference will constitute the gamechanger we so desperately need. Now the work really begins to save our oceans", said Minister for International Development and Climate Isabella Lövin as The Ocean Conference concluded in New York on Friday. The Conference adopted a Call for Action where all 193 Member States agree to a set of measures to reverse the decline of the sea. Over 1 300 voluntary commitments were made in order to to save the world’s oceans.

  • New policy framework for Swedish development cooperation and humanitarian aid

    Photo: Government Offices of Sweden

    In December 2016, the Government adopted a new policy framework outlining the direction of Swedish development cooperation and humanitarian aid. The policy framework has now been translated into English.

Illustration: The UN

The Global Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The Global Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development seek to end poverty and hunger, realise the human rights of all, achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, and ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources.

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The Ocean Conference

The Ocean Conference will be held on 5–9 June and, in its capacity as co-initiator together with Fiji, Sweden wants to be sure of ambitious voluntary commitments to step up work on sustainable oceans, which are crucial to both combating poverty and economic development.

Isabella Lövin visiting a refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya.
Isabella Lövin visiting a refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. Photo: Annika Flensburg/Government Offices

New strategy for humanitarian aid

In situations of armed conflict, natural disasters and other disaster situations, humanitarian aid is one of the most effective and tangible means of saving lives and alleviating the suffering of the women, men, girls and boys affected. In January 2017, the Government adopted a new strategy for Sweden’s humanitarian aid via the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) for the period 2017–2020.

Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya.
Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. Photo: Annika Flensburg/Government Offices

The Government’s measures for a more peaceful world

The need for peace in the world is greater than it has been for a long time. The number of conflicts in recent years has increased. Violence in countries such as Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan has turned back decades of economic, social and political development. Climate change, with the accompanying droughts, flooding or lack of freshwater, is accelerating and aggravating the challenges that already exist in fragile states.

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