Sweden allocates additional funds towards Syrian crisis

In response to the ongoing Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria, the Swedish Government decided to increase the allocation of Sweden’s Regional Strategy for the Syria Crisis by SEK 100 million (US$1.2 billion).

The strategy covers several countries: Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey, and aims to strengthen the resilience of the Syrian population and of vulnerable groups in Syria's neighboring countries that are severely affected by the conflict. The total amount, after the recent addition, will be SEK 1.8 billion (US$211 million) between the years 2016 and 2020.

In addition, Sweden has contributed more than SEK 3.3 billion (US$386 million) in humanitarian assistance since 2011. In 2019 alone, Sweden has already allocated more than SEK 500 million (US$59 million) to the Syria crisis. Humanitarian funds are managed separately from those of the Regional Strategy for the Syria Crisis and are based on independent needs assessments.

Press release – Government Offices of Sweden (in Swedish)


Sweden to provide global expertise on antimicrobial resistance

On October 17, 2019, the Swedish government directed the Public Health Agency to support the tripartite partnership between the World Health Organization (WHO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in its work against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in low- and middle-income countries. Specifically, the government allocated SEK 1 million (US$117,000) to the Tripartite to enable Swedish expertise to support the implementation of activities in the countries concerned in 2019.

The minister for health and social affairs, Lena Hallengren, said that Sweden possesses sought-after expertise in several different areas that many countries can benefit greatly from and the government wants to make it easier for this expertise to reach others. She emphasized that we must all help to improve the situation globally; bacteria do not respect national borders.

Press release – Government Offices of Sweden (in Swedish)

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Global Fund releases table showing total pledges by country

At its sixth replenishment conference in Lyon, France, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria raised a record-breaking US$14 billion in commitments from public and private donors, the largest amount of funding ever raised for a multilateral health organization. The Global Fund has since released a table showing the amounts pledged by each attendant.

Pledges at Global Fund Sixth Replenishment Conference - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Sweden contributes to capital increase of the World Bank

The Swedish government decided on October 3, 2019, to contribute to the capital increase of the International Reconstruction and Development Bank (IBRD) within the World Bank Group by a total of US$74 million from 2019- 2025. The decision was made in an effort to strengthen multilateral cooperation and to respond to the enormous demand for funding to meet the goals of Agenda 2030 and to combat climate change. The Swedish government's guarantees to the IBRD will increase by a maximum of US$567 million.

Press release – Government of Sweden (in Swedish)


Sweden increases support for the Global Fund

On September 3, 2019, the Swedish government made a pledge of a SEK 2.8 billion (US$328 million) to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (the Global Fund) over the coming three years (2020- 2022). This represents an increase from SEK 833 million (US$97 million) to SEK 950 million (US$111 million) annually, making it one of Sweden’s largest multilateral contributions, second only to that for the World Bank. Sweden is currently the eighth largest financier of the Global Fund.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was created in 2002 to raise, manage, and invest the world’s money to respond to three of the deadliest infectious diseases the world has ever known. Since its inception, the Fund has helped save more than 32 million lives. 

Press release - Government of Sweden (in Swedish)

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Sweden allocates US$2 million of ODA to fight against antimicrobial resistance

The UN Secretary-General recently urged all countries to promptly fund and implement measures identified in their national plans for the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR). In response to his plea, the Swedish government decided to allocate SEK 20 million (US$2 million) from its official development assistance (ODA) budget to a newly established AMR fund. The fund's objective is to support more efficient processes for combatting AMR in the world's low and middle-income countries.

Sweden's contribution to the Fund is expected to:

  • Increase awareness of AMR;
  • Enhance surveillance of AMR;
  • Reduce the incidence of infections in animals and humans;
  • Contribute to more responsible use of antimicrobial substances;
  • Clarify the economic implications of AMR; and
  • Enable investments in new medicines, diagnostics, and vaccines.

AMR is both a cross-border and cross-sectoral threat to human and animal health and, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), up to 10 million people's lives may be at risk due to AMR by 2050. The economic costs of AMR are substantive and have negative implications for sustainable development, including implementation of the Agenda 2030.

Press release - Government Offices of Sweden (in Swedish)

Sweden pledges new funds for climate projects

Leading up to the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York, Sweden announced new contributions to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund (AF), and the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). In keeping with its commitment to the Paris agreement, the Swedish Government will double its contribution to the GCF to US$936 million (SEK 8 billion) for the period 2020 to 2023. The AF and LDCF will each receive US$61 million (SEK 520 million) in Swedish funding for the period 2019 to 2022. 

On a per-capita basis, Sweden was the world's largest donor to the climate funds in 2018, and total development assistance for climate support amounted to US$725 million (SEK 6.2 billion). 

Press release – Government Offices of Sweden (in Swedish)


Swedish Government maintains 1% ODA-to-GNI in 2020 budget

Sweden’s official development assistance (ODA) budget is expected to increase by US$117 million (SEK 1 billion) in 2020.  Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson said that the January agreement with the Center and Liberal parties played an important role for maintaining the 1% ODA-to-GNI objective in the 2020 budget.

In the current budget proposal for 2020, which was presented by the government on September 18, 2019, the budget appropriation for Sweden’s ODA was increased from US$5.3 billion (SEK 44.9 billion) to almost US$5.4 billion (SEK 46 billion), mainly due to growth of the economy as a whole.

In response to recommendations from the OECD DAC and following recent corruption scandals related to Swedish ODA, the administrative appropriation for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) was also increased by US$20 million (SEK 175 million). This was the first increase Sida has received in this area in 10 years. 

News article – Omvärlden (in Swedish)


Sweden invests US$4 million in global marine ecosystems

On August 20, 2019, the Swedish government committed to allocating SEK39 million (US$4 million) from the ODA budget to international environmental organizations such as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). The funding will provide support for the fight against ocean acidification and littering, strengthening cooperation around maritime areas, developing tools to counteract negative effects of human impact, and contributing to a sustainable so-called blue economy. In addition, the funds are aimed at supporting developing countries’ ability to participate in international negotiations.

Since the 2017 UN Maritime Conference, initiated by Sweden and Fiji, Sweden has made substantive investments in ocean cleanup initiatives, domestically and internationally.

Press release - Government of Sweden (in Swedish)


Sweden commissions review of its support for democracy in developing countries

The Swedish government has instructed the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to investigate how it can further develop and strengthen its work to promote democracy through development cooperation. Sida will also review current activities supporting democracy in its partner countries.

Since the Swedish elections in 2018, and after the so-called January agreement between the Social Democrats and the Center and Liberal parties, democracy has become a greater priority on the Swedish development agenda. Sida’s report is due on December 1, 2019.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Swedish)