Partner spotlight: Sweden

Sweden

The Government of Sweden is one of the largest financial supporters to UN Women and an important strategic partner. The partnership was further strengthened with the signing of a multi-year funding agreement in June 2018, whereby Sweden committed SEK 500 million (approximately USD 62 million) in core resources to UN Women.

A long-standing supporter of gender equality initiatives in the UN and the first country to adopt a feminist foreign policy, Sweden is an important enabler in UN Women’s work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and an equal and just world for all.

Sweden has been among the top-five donors to UN Women since the organization’s inception in 2011. In 2019, Sweden was the second-largest contributor to UN Women with USD 56.14 million and the third-largest contributor to regular resources with USD 13.05 million.

Sweden’s decision to provide core as well as non-core resources (earmarked for programmes) has been of great importance to UN Women as it has allowed the entity to build its organization, presence and expertise. With flexible core funding, Sweden is empowering UN Women to decide where the funding is most needed.

Sweden and UN Women share a fundamental commitment to gender equality. UN Women’s mandate and work corresponds closely with Sweden’s development priorities, such as strengthening the rights of refugee women and girls, combating violence against women, promoting women’s role in peace processes, strengthening women’s economic power, and fighting for sexual and reproductive rights.

Together we have achieved

Partner quote

Per Olsson Fridh, Swedish State Secretary for Development Cooperation

“We need a coordinated response from the global multilateral system, with a clear gender lens. It’s time for collaboration. It’s time for solidarity, it’s time to build back better. As a feminist government, this means bringing resources, bringing representation, bringing the rights of girls and women to the table, always.” —Per Olsson Fridh, Swedish State Secretary for Development Cooperation

Partner profile: Sweden

 Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister, Isabella Lövin. Photo: Kristian Pohl/Government Offices of Sweden

Isabella Lövin, former Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister
In an interview, former Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister, Isabella Lövin explains why her Government believes UN Women’s work is such an important priority for its multilateral aid.