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The Government increases support for the fight against Ebola

The Government has decided today to give an additional SEK 250 million to combat Ebola in West Africa. The Government has given high priority to this issue and Sweden has provided a total of SEK 489 million (around USD 67.5 million) for efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak. Sweden's support is being channelled through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Today's government decision also includes an additional SEK 150 million for the humanitarian crises in Syria, Iraq and other parts of the world.

Photo: Catarina Axelsson/Government Offices

Isabella Lövin meets USAID Administrator Shah

Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), met Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin on 22 October.

Significantly increased level of ambition for climate action

The Government is now choosing to take greater responsibility for Sweden's climate impact and is making a commitment ahead of Paris 2015 by increasing Green Climate Fund (GCF) financing by approximately USD 550 million and allocating an additional SEK 500 million (SEK 4 billion) to international climate action.
"These decisions are fundamental to Sweden's and the EU's credibility vis-ā-vis the developing countries in climate negotiations," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin.

Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin at the press conference. Photo: Catarina Axelsson, MFA Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin at the press conference. Photo: Catarina Axelsson, MFA

Sweden contributes medical care efforts in the fight against Ebola

The Government has decided to contribute an additional SEK 100 million in humanitarian support to efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

"Sweden is now responding to the UN request for more personnel and other resources. Sweden has many competent people who want and are able to contribute effectively the fight against Ebola. It is essential that all actors do their utmost. Ebola is now a global security issue," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström in conversation with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Photo: Tomas Brundin/Government Offices Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström in conversation with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Photo: Tomas Brundin/Government Offices

Sweden's increased support to Palestine

At the Cairo International Conference on Palestine 'Reconstructing Gaza', held this weekend, Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström announced Sweden's increased support to Palestine.

"Our coming recognition of Palestine aims at making the parties to the conflict less unequal. It aims at supporting moderate Palestinians and providing a positive injection into the dynamics of the Middle East peace process. Our diplomatic and political efforts are accompanied by substantial economic support," said Ms Wallström in her speech.

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