Ardalan Shekarabi is Minister for Social Security from October 1, 2019
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The Government adopts Sweden’s action plan for the 2030 Agenda
The Government can now present Sweden’s action plan for the 2030 Agenda. Through the action plan, the Government intends to reinforce efforts to implement the Agenda and make it clear how government agencies and other actors in society can contribute.
Sweden's action plan contains key political measures for the years 2018–2020. It also highlights six cross-sectoral focus areas based on the proposal the 2030 Agenda delegation presented to the Government on 1 June 2017. The six areas the action plan focuses on are: social equality and gender equality, a sustainable society, a socially beneficial, circular and bio-based economy, a strong business sector with corporate social responsibility, a sustainable and healthy food chain, and knowledge and innovation.
"The Government is now presenting the overall policy that will keep Sweden a leader in the transition to sustainable development. The key for this to succeed is broad participation throughout society towards the common goals. The action plan is intended to make it easier for many different actors to help in implementing the Agenda," says Minister for Public Administration Ardalan Shekarabi.
The 2030 Agenda and its 17 global goals for sustainable development is a detailed agenda that was adopted by all UN Member States in September 2015. The agenda and the goals are to guide the way for both the UN and the world's countries, with the aim of jointly achieving development that is socially, environmentally and economically sustainable. The action plan now adopted is based on a national perspective, but also covers Sweden's contribution to global implementation.
"The 2030 Agenda is an action plan towards a sustainable world. Sweden's aid will help achieve the Global Goals. Sweden is showing its serious engagement in areas such as climate, gender equality and feminist foreign policy," says, Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister.
The Government recently adopted the 'Strategy for capacity development, partnership and methods' in the context of international development cooperation. This strategy supports the 2030 Agenda through capacity development, cooperation and partnership with a range of actors, and development of methods and working practices. It will also strengthen and broaden the Swedish resource base.
Tasks assigned to several government agencies
A central idea in the action plan is to encourage partnerships between the public sector, the knowledge-based society, the business sector and civil society. In connection with the decision to adopt the action plan, the Government also assigned a number of tasks to various government agencies.
- Statistics Sweden has been tasked with setting up a national monitoring system by coordinating the development and production of statistics on Sweden's implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and making these statistics available.
- The National Financial Management Authority will examine the need for additional requirements concerning sustainability reports from government agencies.
- The Swedish Agency for Public Management will analyse and monitor work by government agencies on the national implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
- Local implementation will be facilitated through voluntary key indicators for municipalities and county councils based on the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda.
- A new government inquiry will be tasked with facilitating the creation of more values-based public partnerships.