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.
Content about Sweden and the UN
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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.
Questions and answers about incorporating UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Swedish law
On 1st of January 2020 The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Act (2018:1197) entered into force.
Sweden is advocating clear rules and a higher level of ambition
On 2–13 December, the countries of the world are gathering for the UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 in Madrid under the Presidency of Chile. There the countries will negotiate and decide on future work under the Paris Agreement.
Sweden moving the global environment and climate agenda forward together with the UN Environment Programme
On 5 December 2019, the Government adopted a new strategy for Sweden’s partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for 2020–2023. The strategy is guided by the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Ambassador Olof Skoog appointed EU Ambassador to UN
Sweden’s current Ambassador to the United Nations, Olof Skoog, has been appointed the European Union Ambassador to the UN. The news was presented today by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini.
Drive for Democracy takes shape
Strengthened engagement for democracy was announced in the 2019 Statement of Foreign Policy and in the Swedish Foreign Service’s strategic vision for the electoral period. Sweden will stand up for democratic principles and support democracy in all contexts. On 21 November 2019, the Drive for Democracy was presented to the Riksdag Committee on Foreign Affairs by Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde and Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson.