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 and, in addition, Sweden provides considerable voluntary contributions every year to the UN’s specialised agencies, development cooperation and humanitarian operations.

Sweden's financial commitment to the UN system*

Sweden is the sixth-largest financial donor to the UN system and contributed SEK 10.7 billion (approximately USD 1.2 billion) to the UN system in 2015. Sweden is one of few countries that meets the UN development assistance target of 0.7 per cent of GNI.

For the period 2016–2018, Sweden accounts for approximately one per cent of the UN's regular budget. Sweden's assessed contributions for 2016–2017 is expected to amount to approximately: SEK 419 million (USD 50 million).

Of Sweden's total development assistance, 45 per cent is multilateral, and 45 per cent of this is channelled through the UN.

Sweden's support to UN development-oriented programmes is among the largest in the world. With regard to core support, in 2016 Sweden was the second-largest donor to the UNDP with SEK 615 million (approximately USD 72 million) (core support in 2017 amounts to SEK 545 million), the second-largest donor to UNICEF with SEK 1 025 million (USD 120 million) (SEK 554 million this year) and the largest donor to the UNFPA with SEK 504 million (USD 60 million) (estimated core support this year is SEK 545 million). Moreover, Sweden is the top donor to UNAIDS, where the appropriation this year is raised from SEK 200 million to SEK 230 million.

Humanitarian assistance
In 2016, Sweden was the eighth-largest bilateral humanitarian donor, after the US, the EU/ECHO, Germany, the UK, Japan, Norway and the United Arab Emirates, contributing SEK 6.5 billion. Sweden is the single largest donor of non-earmarked core support to the humanitarian UN bodies. Sweden contributes via Sida at country-specific level, where a large share of the 2016 humanitarian assistance went to the four biggest crises: those in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and South Sudan.

Human rights
In the area of human rights and the rule of law, Sweden is the third largest donor of voluntary contributions to the OHCHR with approximately SEK 109 million (USD 13.22 million) in 2016.

Gender equality
Sweden was one of the driving forces behind the founding of UN Women and, since 2013, has been the largest donor of overall support to the organisation of all member states. In 2015 and 2016, the overall support amounted to approximately SEK 270 million (USD 33 million). In 2016, Sweden was the third-largest donor of core support, providing core support of SEK 110 million (USD 12 million), which was also the core support for 2017.

Climate change
Sweden is one of the largest donors in climate financing, and is highly engaged in mobilising an annual global climate financing total of USD 100 billion from various sources by 2020. Sweden has pledged SEK 4 billion (approximately USD 580 million) to the Green Climate Fund, making Sweden the largest per capita donor. Sweden is also one of the largest donors to other environment and climate funds, such as the Global Environmental Facility, the Adaptation Fund and the Least Developed Countries Fund. Sweden also provides comprehensive bilateral support in the area of climate change.

Peace support
In 2016, Sweden is expected to contribute approximately SEK 776 million (approximately USD 90 million), which is assessed for the UN peacekeeping operations budget. At present, around 350 Swedes are serving with the UN in some ten different field missions, primarily in MINUSMA/Mali (210 people). Increased contributions to the Peacebuilding Fund from SEK 57,6 million in 2016 to SEK 70 million (approximately USD 8 million) in 2017.

*Exchange rates fluctuations may affect these figures