Sweden and the UN in figures

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.

Sweden's financial commitment to the UN system*

  • Sweden is the sixth largest financial donor to the UN system. In 2013, it contributed around SEK 8.8 billion (USD 1.0 billion) to the UN system. More than 90 per cent of this was voluntary contributions, making Sweden the world's second largest per capita donor. Sweden is one of few countries that meets the UN development assistance target of 0.7 per cent of GNI.
  • Sweden's assessed contributions to the UN's regular budget for 2016–2017 are expected to amount to SEK 419 million (USD 52 million).
  • Of Sweden's total development assistance, 45 per cent is multilateral, and 45 per cent of this is channelled through the UN.
  • Development: Sweden's support to UN development-oriented programmes is among the largest in the world. With regard to core support, in 2015 Sweden was the sixth largest donor to the UNDP (following additional funding of SEK 80 million in the autumn amending budget, this year's contribution will be SEK 615 million, or USD 72 million), the fourth largest donor to UNICEF (this year certainly the second largest donor at SEK 1 025 million, or USD 120 million, following additional funding of SEK 500 million in the autumn amending budget), the largest donor to the UNFPA (this year SEK 504 million, or USD 60 million) and the largest donor to UN Women (following additional funding of SEK 20 million in the autumn amending budget, a total of SEK 110 million, or USD 13 million).
  • Humanitarian assistance: Sweden was the sixth largest humanitarian aid donor in the world in 2015, after the US, the EU/ECHO, the UK, Germany, Japan and the UAE, providing just over SEK 5 billion (USD 534 million, or 3.1 per cent of total global humanitarian assistance). Extensive support was provided to crisis response, including in Syria, South Sudan and Yemen, and to UN humanitarian agencies, such as UNHCR, WFP, CERF, OCHA and UNRWA**.
  • Human rights: In the area of human rights and the rule of law, Sweden is the third largest donor of voluntary contributions to the OHCHR. In 2015, it provided around SEK 100 million (USD 14 million).
  • Gender equality: Sweden was one of the driving forces behind the founding of UN Women. In 2015, it was the largest donor of overall support, and provided SEK 270 million (USD 33 million).
  • Climate change: Sweden is one of the largest donors in climate financing, and is highly engaged in mobilising an annual global total of climate financing amounting to USD 100 billion from various sources by 2020. Sweden has pledged SEK 4 billion (around USD 580 million) to the Green Climate Fund, making Sweden the largest per capita donor. Sweden is also one of the largest donors to other environment and climate funds, such as the Global Environmental Facility, the Adaptation Fund, and the Least Developed Countries Fund. Sweden also provides comprehensive bilateral support in the area of climate change.
  • Peacekeeping: Sweden is expected to contribute around SEK 776 million*** in 2016, which is assessed for the UN peacekeeping operations budget. At present, around 350 Swedes are serving with the UN in some ten different field missions, primarily in MINUSMA/Mali (250 people). Contributions to UN field operations are financed primarily from expenditure areas 5 and 6, but also from expenditure area 7.

* Exchange rate fluctuations may affect these
figures.

** UNHCR: SEK 836 million (USD 99 million) – the seventh largest donor overall and the largest donor of un-earmarked core contributions. WFP: SEK 609 million (USD 72 million) – the tenth largest donor overall and the largest donor of un-earmarked core contributions. CERF: SEK 435 million (USD 52 million) – the third largest donor overall and the third largest donor of un-earmarked core contributions. OCHA: SEK 224 million (USD 27 million) – the third largest donor overall and the second largest donor of un-earmarked core contributions. UNRWA: SEK 380 million (USD 45 million) – the sixth largest donor overall and the fourth largest donor of un-earmarked core contributions.

*** Depending on the exchange rate.