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International development cooperation strategies from Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Strategy for Sweden’s development cooperation for global gender equality and women’s and girls’ rights 2018-2022



The objective of Sweden's development cooperation and humanitarian aid is to create preconditions for better living conditions for people living in poverty and under oppression. The development
cooperation will be based on the principles of aid and development effectiveness, and the new international agreements agreed on by the international community in 2015: the 2030 Agenda, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the Paris Agreement.

Within the framework of this strategy, Swedish development cooperation will promote global gender equality and the full enjoyment of human rights by all women and girls. The strategy will apply in 2018–2022 and encompasses a total of SEK 1000 million.

Gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment are prerequisites for implementing the whole 2030 Agenda and fulfilling the Global Goals, but it is also a goal in itself (goal 5).