Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister
“As Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister, I want to modernise Sweden’s development cooperation so that it can tackle the challenges facing the world. Sweden has an important role at international level in pushing for sustainable development that benefits everyone. We are the first generation that can wipe out extreme poverty and the last one that can halt climate change.”
News from Isabella Lövin
Swedish billions to UN Central Emergency Response Fund
When humanitarian crises strike, emergency response measures must have access to fast, effective and long-term financing. Sweden has therefore entered into a multiyear financing agreement with the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to provide SEK 2.8 billion up to 2021.
Sweden to host Stockholm Tax Conference – an international conference on tax capacity-building, 30–31 May
Efficient and effective tax administration is fundamental to the long-term financing of a functioning society, poverty reduction and the achievement of the goals of the 2030 Agenda. Sweden has therefore invited representatives of governments in 160 countries, agencies, international and regional organisations, civil society and the business sector to exchange experiences of tax capacity-building. The Stockholm Tax Conference will be held on 30–31 May.
Government proposes historic climate reform for Sweden
The Government today adopted a proposal on a climate policy framework for Sweden. The climate act and new climate goals will give Sweden an ambitious, long-term and stable climate policy.
Major Swedish engagement in the UN Ocean Conference
On 11 January, Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin hosted Swedish stakeholders with an interest in oceans at an information meeting about the UN Ocean Conference, due to be held in New York on 5–9 June. There were over one hundred representatives of companies, the knowledge society, civil society and government agencies present – all with the joint agenda of working to save our oceans.
New strategy for humanitarian aid
In situations of armed conflict, natural disasters and other disaster situations, humanitarian aid is one of the most effective and tangible means of saving lives and alleviating the suffering of the women, men, girls and boys affected. In January 2017, the Government adopted a new strategy for Sweden’s humanitarian aid via the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) for the period 2017–2020.
The Government’s measures for a more peaceful world
The need for peace in the world is greater than it has been for a long time. The number of conflicts in recent years has increased. Violence in countries such as Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan has turned back decades of economic, social and political development. Climate change, with the accompanying droughts, flooding or lack of freshwater, is accelerating and aggravating the challenges that already exist in fragile states.
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