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Sweden recognises Palestine and increases aid

Sweden has today recognised the State of Palestine. The Government considers that the international law criteria for the recognition of Palestine have been satisfied.

Photo: Catarina Axelsson/Government Offices

Support to Syria's neighbours

Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin visited Berlin on 28 October to take part in an international conference on the refugee crisis resulting from the war in Syria.

"The Government is greatly concerned by the humanitarian situation in Syria and its neighbouring countries, particularly Lebanon and Jordan, which have had to assume disproportionate responsibility. I can therefore announce today that Sweden will provide targeted support totalling SEK 100 million to these countries," says Ms Lövin.

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.

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