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Sweden in the UN Security Council

After being elected by a wide margin to the United Nations Security Council, Sweden was a non-permanent member of the Council for the 2017–2018 term. As a principled member of the United Nations Security Council, Sweden took its cue from the foundation stones of international law, human rights, gender equality and a humanitarian perspective. The Swedish working method was characterised by listening, creativity, active diplomacy and an ambition to achieve results. We are grateful for the good cooperation with partners during our tenure.

  • Programme for Sweden’s membership of the United Nations Security Council 2017–2018

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    Sweden’s ambition as a member of the UN Security Council was to listen to those concerned, defend those who need to be defended and stand up for what we believe in. We strove to pursue committed and informed policies on the many issues on the Security Council’s agenda and to be prepared to deal with new crises and conflicts.

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This is the UN Security Council

The United Nations Security Council is one of the six principal UN organs and is responsible for maintaining international peace and security under Article 24 of the UN Charter. Security Council decisions are binding on all 193 UN Member States.

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Sweden and the UN

The United Nations is a central arena for Sweden’s efforts on global challenges. Through the UN, Sweden contributes to conflict prevention, peace efforts, rebuilding of conflict-affected states, and disarmament and non-proliferation.

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Sweden’s priorities in the UN

Sweden has broad engagement in the UN and works actively to strengthen its capacity in various fields. Sweden’s UN policy gives special priority to the following issues.

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