On December 18, 2021, the Swedish government approved a new regional strategy for international development cooperation with the Asia-Pacific region. The strategy covers 2022 - 2026, focusing on issues related to climate and environment, human rights, gender equality, democracy, and the rule of law. The new strategy envelope has increased by more than 40% due to Sweden’s decision to double its global climate assistance by 2025.
Sweden's Minister for International Development Cooperation highlighted regional and bilateral efforts in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Myanmar as priorities in the new envelope. Connections between environmental sustainability and human rights, democracy, and the rule of law – particularly for vulnerable groups - are evident in the region. Sweden will seek to integrate its various interventions to the largest extent possible in the new portfolio.