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Sweden and the UN

The United Nations is a central arena for Sweden’s efforts on global challenges. Through the UN, Sweden contributes to conflict prevention, peace efforts, rebuilding of conflict-affected states, and disarmament and non-proliferation. The UN is also an important channel for Sweden’s humanitarian work and for our efforts to fight poverty, promote sustainable development and combat climate change. Other prioritised areas for Sweden in the UN include strengthening international law, promoting human rights and gender equality issues.

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Sweden and the UN

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    This year Sweden celebrates 70 years as a member of the United Nations.

Sweden and the UN

Sweden’s priorities in the UN

With its broad engagement in the United Nations, Sweden plays an active role in strengthening the UN’s capacity in various areas, such as conflict prevention, peace support and peacebuilding, and the promotion of gender equality and women’s rights.

Sweden and the United Nations

The United Nations was founded in 1945 and Sweden became a member of the organisation the following year. Since then, active participation in the UN has been a natural part of Swedish foreign policy. Sweden is one of the largest donors to the UN, and one of the few countries that meets the UN development assistance goal of 0.7 per cent of GNI.

Sweden and the UN’s budget, management and administration

Sweden is one of the major donors to the UN system. Our share of the budget amounts to approximately one per cent and, in addition, Sweden provides considerable voluntary contributions every year to the UN’s specialised agencies, development cooperation and humanitarian operations.

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