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
SEK 1 billion to Government’s first global gender equality strategy
Funds totalling SEK 1 billion will be used to enhance gender equality for women and girls around the world. This was decided by the Government at its meeting on 12 April. It is the first time that Sweden’s Government has adopted a global thematic strategy for gender equality.
Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality to bring together top names from more than 100 countries
Award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner and human rights counsellor Colin Gonsalves are some of the 500 gender equality actors who will participate in the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality on 15–17 April. The global forum is about strengthening women’s and girls’ rights, representation and access to resources.
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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