Sweden presents new foreign policy statement; ODA to remain at 1% GNI

On June 10, 2022, Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde (Social Democratic Party) presented a new foreign policy statement to Sweden’s Parliament, in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Sweden’s application to join NATO on May 18, 2022.

Development assistance: The foreign policy statement highlighted that Sweden’s development assistance will continue to equate to 1% of gross national income (GNI), with the ambition of leading in terms of scale and quality of ODA globally. This announcement was made in response to recent criticism from CSOs against the government for using Sweden’s international development budget to cover costs associated with the domestic reception of Ukrainian refugees in-country.

Climate action: The government announced that Sweden will step up its climate and environmental action by doubling climate assistance, referencing commitments made by the international community during the recently completed Stockholm+50 conference to focus on financing models to speed up climate adaptation in low- and middle-income countries. 

The statement highlighted that climate change and environmental degradation can contribute to increased global tensions and conflicts. In response to these developments, Sweden has appointed an ambassador for climate and security. Sweden is also helping to strengthen the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Secretariat to enable a greater focus on security challenges posed by climate change. 

Intense negotiations are currently underway in the EU on the comprehensive package of legislative proposals called ‘Fit for 55’. Sweden is pushing for ambitious solutions to reduce the EU’s net emissions by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. 

Statement – Government of Sweden