Minister for International Development Cooperation
"The world is facing major challenges. We are seeing democracy being eroded globally, while climate change is becoming an increasingly urgent problem and poverty appears to be gaining a foothold in parts of Africa. Sweden’s development cooperation must strengthen democracy and help to create a more sustainable and peaceful world."
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Panel discussion with the 2019 Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences
Today, 11 December, Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson invited this year’s recipients of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel to a panel discussion about their research on poverty reduction.
Mr Eriksson moderated a discussion with Director-General of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency Carin Jämtin and the three Nobel Laureates Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer. Watch the panel discussion in the video above.
We must stand up for human rights, freedom of expression and confidence in the future
Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson talks about the most important political issues during this electoral period and what changes he wants to see.
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Ministry for Foreign Affairs – a brief presentation
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) is responsible for Sweden’s relations with other countries and international organisations, and for development cooperation policy and international trade policy. The MFA together with more than 100 missions abroad make up the Swedish Foreign Service. A mission abroad may be be an embassy, consulate-general, delegation or representation. The MFA is part of the Government Offices and is the largest ministry.
Drive for Democracy takes shape
Strengthened engagement for democracy was announced in the 2019 Statement of Foreign Policy and in the Swedish Foreign Service’s strategic vision for the electoral period. Sweden will stand up for democratic principles and support democracy in all contexts. On 21 November 2019, the Drive for Democracy was presented to the Riksdag Committee on Foreign Affairs by Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde and Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson.
Sweden increases support to Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
The Government today decided on Sweden’s contribution for the next three-year replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund). The contribution will be increased to SEK 950 million annually, a total of SEK 2.85 billion for the period 2020–2022. The contribution is Sweden’s second-largest in the multilateral context, second only to support to the World Bank. Sweden is the Fund’s eighth-largest donor, and has an important role as a partner.
Continued Swedish leadership for climate action
On Sunday 22 September, Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson presented new contributions to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund (AF) and the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). The contribution to the GCF amounts to SEK 8 billion for the period 2020–2023. Contributions to the AF and the LDCF total SEK 1 040 million for the period 2019–2022, amounting to SEK 520 million per fund.
The Government to take part in opening of UN General Assembly 17–30 September
Next week, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister, Isabella Lövin, Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde and Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson will travel to New York for the opening of the UN General Assembly.
Speech by Peter Eriksson, Minister for International Development Cooperation, at World Water Week
Stockholm, 26 August 2019. Check against delivery.
Sweden a leading actor in development cooperation
The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) has reviewed Sweden’s international development cooperation in a peer review. The official launch will take place on 12 June in Stockholm.
Internet freedom in decline – a threat to our democracy
The internet must not be a place where hate campaigns and disinformation take over the flow of information. We must have clear requirements for large corporations that dominate social media globally. It is in everyone’s interest that we do not leave the responsibility for our public debate and meeting places to companies, write Carin Jämtin, Margot Wallström and Peter Eriksson.
Sweden increases support to Mozambique following cyclones
Mozambique has been severely affected by natural disasters in recent years. Both widespread drought and cyclones have increased the population’s vulnerability. The material devastation has been particularly great. Sweden intends to provide support amounting to SEK 150 million to help rebuild the country. Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson has been in the country since Wednesday to gain an overview of the situation.
Swedish initiative to prevent EU aid budget investing in fossil energy
During the Foreign Affairs Council meeting on Thursday 16 May in Brussels, Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson announced that Sweden will work to prevent the EU aid budget investing in fossil energy.