Resistance to women’s, girls’ and young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health and rights has increased, write Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate.

17 May is the international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia (IDAHOT) – an important day aimed at highlighting the hate, violence and discrimination that still persist against LGBTI persons around the world.

Representatives of some 50 nations gathered in Brussels at the beginning of March to build a global financial and political partnership for the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women and girls. The She Decides conference reverberated across the world and was able to raise a total of EUR 181 million to support organisations working on SRHR.

At the 48th session of the Commission on Population and Development, Swedish State Secretary Ulrika Modéer made a statement in which she highlighted the importance of placing human rights and gender equality at the heart of sustainable development

Environmental and rights issues are high on the agenda for Sweden’s work on the new global development goals. It is important that these priorities also permeate World Bank priorities.

Over the past few years there have been changes. Openness, freedom of expression and media as well as release of political prisoners in Myanmar. However, several issues during the past year have made many question the reforms. Are they genuine and long term? Will they be sustained?