International development cooperation
Sweden has a long tradition of generous and ambitious development aid. Development cooperation is about helping to enable poor people to improve their living conditions. Swedish development aid is often channelled through international organisations such as the UN and the EU. Humanitarian assistance refers to Sweden’s activities to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain the human dignity of those affected by natural disasters, armed conflicts or other similar circumstances.
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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 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 Ocean Conference
The Ocean Conference will be held on 5–9 June and, in its capacity as co-initiator together with Fiji, Sweden wants to be sure of ambitious voluntary commitments to step up work on sustainable oceans, which are crucial to both combating poverty and economic development.
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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Opinion piece by Peter Eriksson, Minister for International Development Cooperation
Opinion piece by Peter Eriksson, Minister for International Development Cooperation, in the newspaper Dagens Nyheter in connection with the Government’s increased support to the countries of Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and Turkey. Published on 17 March 2019.
Strategy for Sweden’s global development cooperation in sustainable economic development 2018-2022
The objective of Swedish international development cooperation is to create preconditions for better living conditions for people living in poverty and under oppression.
Guidelines for strategies in Swedish development cooperation and humanitarian assistance
Guidelines for strategies are intended for the Government Offices, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), Swedish missions abroad and, where applicable, also for other government agencies commissioned by the Government to implement strategies for development cooperation.
Sweden’s work on global health – implementing the 2030 Agenda
The 2030 Agenda offers us a new opportunity to influence and help improve the health situation for people in Sweden and globally. By acting globally, we create conditions for positive developments in our own country while also contributing to, and taking responsibility for, positive developments in the world at large. The document Sweden’s work on global health seeks to bring together and consolidate existing strategies, priorities and policies with the aim of setting out a clear and common agenda and creating the conditions for more effective communications, increased collaboration and, ultimately, more impactful Swedish action.
Strategy for Sweden’s global development cooperation in sustainable social development 2018–2022
The objective of Sweden’s international development cooperation is to create opportunities for people who live in poverty and oppression to improve their living conditions.
Policy for global development in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, Skr. 2017/18:146
In the communication, the Government reports on, for example, its work on the policy for global development (PGD) during the years 2016–2017 within the scope of the 2030 Agenda and its Global Goals. The 17 goals and 169 targets are universal and indivisible and integrate the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.
Strategy for Sweden's cooperation with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), 2018–2022
This strategy forms the basis of Sweden’s cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) during the period 2018–2022.
Government approves support to Global Environment Facility
The Government today decided to contribute more than SEK 2 billion to the seventh replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-7). Sweden will thereby increase its contribution to the GEF by more than 50 per cent for the period 2018–2022, compared with 2014–2018. This makes Sweden the sixth largest donor overall and the largest per capita donor. In total, replenishment pledges total SEK 34 billion (USD 4.1 billion). This decision reflects what was announced by the Government in the Budget Bill for 2018.