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Brexit and the EU’s future relationship with the UK
The United Kingdom left the European Union on 1 February 2020. On 1 January 2021, the new Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the UK entered into force. This page will be regularly updated with information about the agreement and what it entails.
National Innovation Council
The task of the National Innovation Council is to use innovation to help find solutions to the major societal challenges and promote long-term competitiveness and sustainably in Sweden. The Council has an advisory role and provides new perspectives on key issues in innovation policy. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven chairs the National Innovation Council. The Council primarily works to improve conditions for the Swedish innovation system and society’s capacity to address innovation challenges.
Sweden and the UN
The United Nations is a central arena for Sweden’s action to address global challenges. Through the UN, Sweden contributes to conflict prevention, peace efforts, rebuilding of conflict-affected states, and disarmament and non-proliferation. The UN is also an important channel for Sweden’s humanitarian work and our efforts to fight poverty, promote sustainable development and combat climate change. Other priorities for Sweden in the UN include strengthening international law and promoting human rights and gender equality issues. The three pillars of the UN – peace and security, development and human rights – are inextricably linked and mutually reinforcing. It is impossible to achieve success in one of these areas without also strengthening the others.
Fair working conditions
The Government safeguards the Swedish model, which builds on agreement between unions and employers on terms of employment in the labour market. Sweden is also pursuing issues in the EU on fair competition for businesses, and on rights and conditions for EU citizens who are posted to work in Sweden.
Sweden’s new export strategy has been developed in close collaboration with the business sector. In the strategy, the Government addresses the challenges facing Swedish exports with a large number of concrete measures.
A Feminist Government
Sweden has the first feminist government in the world. This means that gender equality is central to the Government’s priorities – in decision-making and resource allocation. A feminist government ensures that a gender equality perspective is brought into policy-making on a broad front, both nationally and internationally. Women and men must have the same power to shape society and their own lives. This is a human right and a matter of democracy and justice. Gender equality is also part of the solution to society’s challenges and a matter of course in a modern welfare state – for justice and economic development. The Government’s most important tool for implementing feminist policy is gender mainstreaming, of which gender-responsive budgeting is an important component.
The Global Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
The Global Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development seek to end poverty and hunger, realise the human rights of all, achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, and ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources. The Global Goals are integrated and indivisible, and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.
Feminist foreign policy
Gender equality is a fundamental aim of Swedish foreign policy. Ensuring that women and girls enjoy fundamental human rights is an obligation within our international commitments and prerequisite to achieving Sweden’s broader foreign policy goals – peace, security and sustainable development.