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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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
Geneva, January 27, 2020 Check against delivery
Strategy for Sweden’s cooperation with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) 2020–2023
This strategy will underpin Sweden’s cooperation with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) for 2020–2023. The strategy establishes the priorities and forms of collaboration for Sweden’s membership of, and partnership with, the WFP at global, regional and national level.
Strategy for Sweden’s cooperation with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) 2020–2023
This strategy will underpin Sweden’s cooperation with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) during the period 2020–2023. The strategy establishes the priorities and forms of collaboration for Sweden’s partnership with UNRWA at global, regional and national level.
UN review of Sweden’s human rights compliance
Sweden’s human rights compliance will be reviewed within the framework of the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Monday 27 January in Geneva. Sweden’s delegation at the review before the UN Human Rights Council will for the first time be led by a government minister – Åsa Lindhagen, Minister for Gender Equality with responsibility for anti-discrimination and anti-segregation.