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Sweden hosts seminar with Nobel Memorial Prize laureates in economics

On December 11, 2019, the Swedish minister for international development cooperation, Peter Eriksson, will host a seminar with this year's Nobel Memorial Prize winners in economics, Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer. Minister Eriksson will moderate a conversation between the three laureates and the director-general for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Authority (Sida), Carin Jämtin, regarding implications of their research on poverty alleviation for implementing Swedish development assistance.

Press release – Government Offices of Sweden (in Swedish)

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Sweden appoints new UN ambassador

On December 5, 2019, Anna Karin Eneström was appointed head of the Permanent Mission of Sweden the UN in New York. She replaces ambassador Olof Skoog. Ambassador Eneström has previously served as the deputy head of the Swedish mission to the UN as well as the deputy head of the President of the UN General Assembly. 

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Sweden increases support for democratic reforms in Sudan

On December 5, 2019, the Swedish government approved an increase of its allocation for Sudan over the next three years by SEK 400 million (US$41 million) to a total of SEK 1.6 billion (US$164 million) for the period of 2018- 2022. The main purpose of this increase was to support the implementation of the new government’s comprehensive reform agenda, aimed at strengthening democracy, the rule of law, human rights, and peacebuilding in Sudan.

The three main focus areas for Sweden's development cooperation strategy for Sudan are sustainable peace; human rights, democracy, and the rule of law; and environment, climate, agriculture, and energy. 

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Sweden adopts new strategy for partnership with UN Environment Programme

On December 5, 2019, the Swedish government adopted a new strategy for its cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The strategy covers the period from 2020- 2023 and is closely aligned with the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sweden’s ambition is to host the fiftieth anniversary of the first ever environmental conference, the UN Conference on the Human Environment, held in Stockholm in 1972. In light of this anniversary, Sweden has challenged UNEP to become a global leader in the fight against climate change and to explore synergies between areas such as biodiversity, climate and air, chemicals and waste, sea, coast, and water, as well as health and environment. In particular, Sweden would like to see UNEP adopt two new global frameworks in 2020, one for biodiversity and another for chemicals and waste. Sweden also wants UNEP to push for a global regulation on marine littering, plastic, and microplastics.

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Sweden commits to improving coordination between humanitarian assistance efforts and long-term development cooperation

Sweden’s National Audit Office (NAO) recently conducted a review of how the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) coordinates the implementation of its humanitarian assistance and long-term development cooperation.

In its report, the NAO had concluded that although coordination of humanitarian assistance and long-term development cooperation is a clearly stated priority, there are shortcomings in the preconditions provided to Sida by the government. The report also highlighted a lack of coordination between Sida's internal governance, organization, and work structures.

In a letter dated November 28, 2019, the Swedish government ensured that coordination of humanitarian assistance and long-term development cooperation would be improved without disregarding the humanitarian principles and the OECD/DAC's criteria for development cooperation. The letter also confirmed that, since the report was published, Sida has gradually developed its work structures to more systematically coordinate the two development assistance funding channels.  

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Swedish ambassador appointed EU ambassador to the UN

On November 28, 2019, Sweden's current ambassador to the UN, Olof Skoog, was appointed the head of the EU delegation to the UN in New York. Ambassador Skoog has led Sweden’s permanent representation at the UN since 2015, including when Sweden was a member of the UN Security Council in 2017 and 2018. 

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Sweden extends cooperation strategies with Asian Development Bank and International Agricultural Development Fund

On November 21, 2019, the Swedish government announced that it will extend its development cooperation strategies with both the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Fund for Agricultural and Development (IFAD). Both organizations are considered important partners of Sweden and, through their operations, make important contributions toward the achievement of the sustainable development goals within the framework of Agenda 2030.

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Sweden pledges US$1 million to WHO's Contingency Fund

On November 21, 2019, the Swedish government made a pledge of SEK 10 million (US$1 million) to the World Health Organization's (WHO's) Contingency Fund for Emergencies. The Fund was created in the wake of the 2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa with the purpose of strengthening WHO's ability to act quickly in the event of infectious outbreaks.

The minister for health and social affairs, Lena Hallengren, said in a statement that, "Health-related crises must be dealt with jointly. Through the money for the WHO emergency fund, Sweden contributes to the global efforts against health threats and improved public health. This does not only increase security internationally, but also here in Sweden”.

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Sweden applies for membership to global anti-microbial resistance research hub

Sweden, which is considered a driving force behind the international work on anti-microbial resistance (AMR), is now applying for membership to the Global AMR Research & Development Hub. The Hub is a policy network that aims to coordinate AMR research initiatives around the world. However, to date, Sweden has not been part of this G20 network, which currently consists of 15 countries and three organizations. 

Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK, and the US are members of the Hub, alongside the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, European Commission, and Wellcome Trust. The World Health Organization and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development act as observers.

Press release – Government Offices of Sweden (in Swedish)

Sweden Global health R&D

Sweden commissions efficiency review of Sida

To promote better organizational and economic efficiency of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the government has mandated Sweden's Agency for Public Management and the National Financial Management Authority to review Sida’s efficiency, management, governance, and follow-up support. 

This review was commissioned following a recent announcement by the Swedish government that Sida’s administrative appropriation in the 2020 national budget would be increased to further improve both the quality and efficiency of Sweden’s bilateral official development assistance (ODA). 

The review is expected to be completed by November 30, 2020.

Press release – Government of Sweden (in Swedish)

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