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.
Sweden and the UN
Sweden and the United Nations. Pushing for peace.
This year Sweden celebrates 70 years as a member of the United Nations.
Sweden and the UN
Sweden’s priorities in the UN
With its broad engagement in the United Nations, Sweden plays an active role in strengthening the UN’s capacity in various areas, such as conflict prevention, peace support and peacebuilding, and the promotion of gender equality and women’s rights.
Sweden’s involvement in the UN
The United Nations was founded in 1945 and Sweden became a member of the organisation the following year. Since then, active involvement in the UN has been a natural part of Swedish foreign policy. Sweden is one of the largest donors to the UN, and one of the few countries that meets the UN development assistance target of 0.7 per cent of GNI.
Sweden and the UN in figures
Sweden is one of the major donors to the UN system. Our share of the budget amounts to approximately one per cent. In addition, Sweden provides considerable voluntary contributions every year to the UN's specialised agencies, development cooperation and humanitarian operations.
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Sweden submits long-term climate strategy to UN
Sweden has submitted its long-term climate strategy to the UN. The strategy is part of Sweden’s work under the Paris Agreement and contains ambitious emission targets and measures that will drive climate transition in Sweden in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Agreement on higher ambitions and increased international collaboration at LeadIT Summit
The Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT) – launched by Sweden and India to drive the climate transition in energy-intensive industries – held its Leadership Summit today. LeadIT members agreed on a range of ambitious commitments to contribute to freedom from fossil fuels and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Sweden and Spain gathered world leaders for a meeting to boost UN cooperation
On Tuesday 10 November, some 10 heads of state or government met for a digital summit hosted by Spain and Sweden. The aim was to bring together a group of countries that together are ready to help strengthen the UN, in light of the UN’s 75th anniversary. The countries also adopted a joint statement on this at the meeting.
Government responds to UN human rights recommendations
The human rights situation in Sweden was reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council at the end of January as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Sweden received 300 recommendations from other UN Member States. The Government has now communicated its position on the recommendations in a report to be submitted to the UN.
Folke Bernadotte Academy tasked with establishing a scholarship in memory of Zaida Catalán to support UN Security Council resolution 1325
The Government decided on 12 March to task the Folke Bernadotte Academy with initiating the preparatory work to establish a scholarship aimed at supporting UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security in 2021. The scholarship will be established in memory of Zaida Catalán, who had served abroad for the Folke Bernadotte Academy as a gender expert.
Ann Linde presents the 2020 Statement of Foreign Policy
Today, Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde is presenting the Government’s Statement of Foreign Policy to the Riksdag. The Statement, which summarises the Government’s foreign policy priorities for 2020, includes a new announcement on strengthened efforts to combat organised crime. Also notable in the Statement is a stronger focus on security in Europe ahead of Sweden assuming the role of Chair of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in 2021.
Annika Söder appointed by the UN Secretary General to contribute to the review of the UN peacebuilding architecture
Ambassador Annika Söder has been appointed by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, to form part of a group of eminent persons that will contribute to the ongoing review of the UN peacebuilding architecture.
Opening statement by Åsa Lindhagen, Minister for Gender Equality, with responsibility for anti-discrimination and anti-segregation at UN Universal Periodic Review
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