Sweden is proud to join forces with Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), convening in New York this week. Energy is one of the most decisive issues of our age. Without secure access to energy, we won’t achieve real and lasting poverty reduction. Without the expansion of clean energy, we won’t be able to stop climate change.

The Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is less than two months away, and we are in the midst of an intensive negotiation phase. The next drafting session will take place last week of May and first week of June. Expectations are high, and pressure is increasing.

Today is the sixth time that we jointly celebrate the national days of Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden in Uganda. This tradition bears witness to a long-lasting and deep-rooted history of shared values and regional integration amongst the Nordic countries.

May 12-13, experts, organisations and decision-makers from around the world are gathering in Stockholm. On the agenda is one of the greatest challenges facing the international community: the number of wars and conflicts in the world is once again on the rise after years of a downward trend. To reverse this trend, it is essential that both donors and conflict-affected countries are prepared to deal with the root causes of conflicts. Sweden will therefore take on a leading role internationally, and systematically conduct conflict analysis of all the countries receiving Swedish aid.

Two weeks after the devastating earthquake in Nepal, the impact of the catastrophe is still too great to comprehend. Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has approved SEK 50 million – or USD 6 million – to aid in the relief and recovery efforts in Nepal.

Three retired Swedish ambassadors share their professional experiences and serve as mentors as The Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) and the Swedish Consulate General in Jerusalem initiates a series of high-level seminars and courses for Palestinian diplomats and civil servants in key positions within the Palestinian Authority.

In case you have missed it, today is the World Day for Safety and Health at Work – this year’s topic is “Join in building a culture of prevention on Occupational Safety and Health”. How can safety and health at work be enhanced in today’s complex environment increasingly dominated by multinational corporations and global value chains?

Speech from PM Stefan Lövfen at ECOSOC, 30 March.

Minister Lövin: Political inclusion is key for sustainable peace, but the need for inclusion also applies to security, justice, and other efforts to promote sustainable development.