It took the Iraqi army three years to break Daesh/ISIL’s territorial hold of Iraq, which at one point amounted to a third of the country. The war against Daesh/ISIL resulted in large-scale destruction and humanitarian needs on a massive scale. At its peak, over 5 million Iraqis fled their homes and just under half are still waiting to go back.
Many of the major cities formerly held by Daesh/ISIL were completely destroyed as a result of the conflict. One example is Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, renowned for its rich cultural and historical heritage. Following the liberation of the city in July 2017, the focus is now on rebuilding basic infrastructure so that internally displaced persons can go back to their homes and resume some form of normality. However, the challenges of doing so are turning out to be a lot greater than anyone had expected. The Embassy visited Mosul to observe the work of the UN in the area and to see the challenges of stabilisation in the aftermath of war.

On 2 March, an international conference entitled ‘She Decides’ will be held in Brussels. The conference is being co-organised by Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark.

Sweden, together with Finland and UNFPA, recently launched a 3-year US$11.8 million joint initiative to protect the rights of women and girls in Myanmar with focus on the most vulnerable women and girls in the remote and conflict-affected areas of Rakhine, Kachin and northern Shan states.

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Minister for Climate and the Environment Åsa Romson, Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström and Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin are attending the historic summit for the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sweden has been very active in the negotiations and will be equally committed to the implementation of the Agenda – both nationally and internationally, writes Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin.

Statsminister Stefan Löfven, klimat- och miljöminister, vice statsminister Åsa Romson, utrikesminister Margot Wallström och minister för internationellt utvecklingssamarbete Isabella Lövin deltar vid det historiska toppmötet för antagandet av 2030-agendan för hållbar utveckling. Sverige har varit mycket aktiv i förhandlingarna och kommer att vara lika engagerade i genomförandet av agendan – både nationellt och internationellt, skriver biståndsminister Isabella Lövin.

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.

Idag släpper UD en ny informationsplattform: ”Utforska det svenska biståndet”, som berättar om hur biståndet är en del av den svenska utrikespolitiken, hur det hela hänger ihop och varför det ser ut som det gör.