Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, the Riksdag, 12 September 2017.
Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Mr Speaker, Honourable Members of the Riksdag,
The challenges of our time are critical: the serious nuclear threat from North Korea, the humanitarian disaster in war-torn Syria, the climate change crisis, famine in East Africa and Yemen. Uncertainty and insecurity are taking a toll on people around the world. The need to work together to build sustainable peace and resilient societies is clearer than ever. This means that Sweden’s efforts must increase too.
Sweden has a year and a half remaining on the UN Security Council. Respect for international law, democracy, human rights, conflict prevention and confidence-building measures are guiding our work.
Our security policy remains firmly in place. Our non-participation in military alliances serves our country well and contributes to stability and security in northern Europe.
More women are needed in UN peacekeeping operations and at the negotiating table when peace agreements are concluded. Sweden’s efforts to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights continue. The world’s first expressly feminist foreign policy will continue to deliver.
A strong European Union in which everyone takes their share of responsibility increases security and the ability to address major global challenges. Sweden is working to ensure that the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union is orderly. We need an EU that remains strong and united. In November, the President of the European Commission and I will host a summit on fair jobs and growth. Workers must not be pitted against each other in Europe.
Strong Nordic cooperation is an integral part of our international engagement.
Sweden is pushing for the goals of the 2030 Agenda to be achieved. Over the next year, new milestone targets will be developed in the environmental objectives system. The goal of one per cent of GNI to aid will be achieved in 2018. Stronger action is needed to prevent armed conflicts and meet the pressing humanitarian needs around the world.
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