The UN Secretary-General will be holding an informal working meeting with the Security Council in Sweden
In April, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will hold his annual informal working meeting with the UN Security Council in Sweden. The meeting will take place in April at Dag Hammarskjöld’s farm Backåkra in Skåne.
During his visit to Sweden, the Secretary-General will also have talks with the Prime Minister, as well as giving the annual Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture, which is arranged by Uppsala University and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation.
What will the meeting with the Security Council be about?
The theme of this year's meeting is how UN peace-keeping missions can be strengthened and made more effective, and how cooperation can increase between regional organisations. The meeting is an opportunity for the Secretary-General and the Security Council to discuss current issues in a confidential and informal setting.
Who will be taking part?
The informal working meeting will be attended by the Secretary-General and the members of the Security Council, represented by their UN ambassadors. The Prime Minister and the Minister for Foreign Affairs will also attend parts of the meeting. The Secretary-General will pay a longer visit to Sweden and will also have talks with the Prime Minister, as well as giving the Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture, which is arranged by Uppsala University and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation. Representatives of the Riksdag parties will be invited to take part in parts of the programme.
What is Sweden's role?
The Secretary-General holds an informal working meeting every year, as will be the case this year too. With the meeting being held in Backåkra, Sweden will host the visit of the Security Council and the Secretary-General. The Prime Minister will host a working lunch and the Minister for Foreign Affairs will host a dinner for the Security Council.
During its time on the Security Council, Sweden has taken an active role and achieved concrete results. Sweden has a long tradition of working for conflict prevention, as well as for peaceful solutions to conflicts. Moreover, it was Dag Hammarskjöld, a Swede, who took the initiative to create the UN's first peace-keeping mission with armed troops.
Why Sweden and Backåkra?
This is a unique opportunity for Sweden to provide a meeting place for the entire UN Security Council. Backåkra has been renovated so as to function as a meeting place on topics that were close to Dag Hammarskjöld's heart, such as international cooperation, peace research, the environment and human rights.
Why is this important?
The informal dialogue at the working meeting will give the Secretary-General an opportunity to gain support among the Security Council members for his ideas for reform of UN peacekeeping. For Sweden this is an opportunity for exchange with the highest leadership of the UN, as well as with its bodies for peace and security. It is also an opportunity to further strengthen Sweden's impact during our time on the Security Council.
Who is paying?
Sweden and the UN will share the costs. The UN will cover the costs of the Secretary-General's travel to and from Sweden. The UN will also pay for most of the costs of his delegation's travel and some of the delegation's hotel costs in Stockholm. Sweden will cover the rest of the costs, including the Council members' travel to and from Sweden, some of the costs of their and the Secretary-General's accommodation in Sweden, and the meeting venue. The costs are expected to amount to SEK 2 million, which will be charged to the Government's budget, expenditure area 5 International cooperation, appropriation 1:2 Peace and security-building activities, appropriation item 4:1 Ministry for Foreign Affairs – special initiatives. The financing, budget and costs will be