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Sweden in the UN Security Council

On 28 June 2016, Sweden was elected by a wide margin as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2017–2018 term. In 2017 Sweden will take its seat on the Security Council with the five permanent members – China, France, Great Britain, Russia and the United States – and the nine other non-permanent members. Sweden will hold the presidency of the Security Council in July 2018.

  • Prime Minister Löfven received UN Secretary-General António Guterres

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
    UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices.

    Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and UN Secretary-General António Guterres met for talks on Monday 23 April at the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm. Subjects for discussion included how the UN’s work on refugee flows, crises and conflicts can be strengthened, Sweden’s work on the UN Security Council and reform of UN working methods.

  • Programme for Sweden’s membership of the United Nations Security Council 2017–2018

    Sweden's Ambassador to the UN, Olof Skoog
    Sweden's Ambassador to the UN, Olof Skoog Photo: Agaton Ström

    As a member of the Security Council, Sweden will be responsible, professional, credible, dialogue-oriented and open. We intend to contribute to fulfilling the Security Council’s primary responsibility: maintaining international peace and security.

Sweden's Permanent Mission to the UN on Facebook and Twitter

Photo:Cia Pak / UN Photo

This is the UN Security Council

The United Nations Security Council is one of the six principal UN organs and is responsible for maintaining international peace and security under Article 24 of the UN Charter. Security Council decisions are binding on all 193 UN Member States.

Photo: Jonas Svensson / Swedish Armed Forces

Sweden and the UN

The United Nations is a central arena for Sweden’s efforts on global challenges. Through the UN, Sweden contributes to conflict prevention, peace efforts, rebuilding of conflict-affected states, and disarmament and non-proliferation.

Photo: Pernaca Sudhakaran / UN Photo

Sweden’s priorities in the UN

Sweden has broad engagement in the UN and works actively to strengthen its capacity in various fields. The following issues are especially prioritised in Sweden’s policy in the UN.

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