One year after the historic climate agreement at COP21 in Paris, it’s time again. On this occasion, the countries of the world are meeting in Marrakech for the major climate change conference COP22. The main objective is to establish a regulatory framework to enable countries to reach the goals agreed in Paris.

Sweden, Fiji and small island developing states to make sure Sustainable Development Goal 14 gets off to a flying start

När regeringen idag välkomnar FN:s generalsekreterare Ban Ki-moon till Stockholm så gör vi det med ett FN-engagemang som är brett förankrat i det svenska samhället, en klar bild av organisationens styrkor och svagheter, och en tydlig syn på vad vi vill åstadkomma.

In what has proved to be a historic year for the international development agenda, Minister Lövin in her role as co-chair of the International Dialogue for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding works to ensure that our focus is on the most vulnerable people in the most fragile of contexts. In an increasingly fragile and conflict affected world, we are facing enormous challenges that require collective efforts.

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.

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.

Today is International Human Rights Day. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted on 10 December 1948, sixty-six years ago today. Sweden must be a clear voice for human rights around the world, writes Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström and Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin.