This summer, former Director-General of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, was appointed new Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). This autumn she took up her new full-time position at the Secretariat in Paris.

Several development and aid policy issues are high on the global agenda in 2015. In his synthesis report on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, the UN Secretary-General notes that “Never before has the world had to face such a complex agenda in a single year. And this unique opportunity will not come again in our generation.”

Water has been identified as the number one global risk ahead of this week’s World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. Sweden is actively involved in efforts to achieve sustainable and equitable water solutions in one of the most water-scarce regions in the world – the Middle East and North Africa.