Sweden’s work on global health – implementing the 2030 Agenda

Sweden’s work on global health

The 2030 Agenda offers us a new opportunity to influence and help improve the health situation for people in Sweden and globally. By acting globally, we create conditions for positive developments in our own country while also contributing to, and taking responsibility for, positive developments in the world at large. The document Sweden’s work on global health seeks to bring together and consolidate existing strategies, priorities and policies with the aim of setting out a clear and common agenda and creating the conditions for more effective communications, increased collaboration and, ultimately, more impactful Swedish action.

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The overarching goal of Sweden’s comprehensive global health action is to help ensure long, healthy lives and well-being for all – in line with the targets of SDG 3, Swedish development assistance for health and Sweden’s public health policy.

Global health action to achieve the overarching goal can be summarised in three main result areas:

  • Creating societal conditions for good and equitable health
  • Health systems that are effective, sustainable and resilient
  • Improved preparedness and capacity to detect and manage outbreaks of diseases and other health threats.

Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are key components of all three result areas.

Sweden has a large number of stakeholders contributing in various ways to global health action: researchers, companies, government agencies, civil society and the health care sector. The document Sweden’s work on global health seeks to bring together and consolidate existing strategies, priorities and policies with the aim of setting out a clear and common agenda and creating the conditions for more effective communications, increased collaboration and, ultimately, more impactful Swedish actions. The focus is on our global action, but what happens in Sweden is an important starting point.

The document does not specify what should be done by whom; instead it is meant to bring relevant stakeholders together and highlight priorities for Sweden’s global health action. Swedish development cooperation is an important part of global health action, but efforts and resources extend beyond that. This document also sets out the arenas for Sweden’s action and stresses the importance of seeking synergies between national, regional and global efforts. This document complements Sweden’s action plan for the 2030 Agenda.