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Global Sustainable Development – what is required of Sweden?

4 December 2015

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The European Commission in Sweden, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sida and CONCORD Sweden hosted a seminar in Stockholm to close its activities for the European Year for Development 2015.

‘The 2030 Agenda and the Global Sustainable Development Goals – what is required of Sweden and the EU internationally?’

ECDPM’s Andrew Sherriff moderated the debates.

Date: Friday 4 December

Location: Europahuset, Regeringsgatan 65, floor 2, in Stockholm

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A new global agenda for sustainable development – the 2030 Agenda

The 2030 Agenda and the new Global Goals have recently been adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations. The 2030 Agenda and the Global Goals are ambitious and universal, will take effect when the Millennium Development Goals expire and are to be achieved by 2030. What are Sweden’s and the EU’s starting points for the international implementation of the 2030 Agenda? The panel will discuss the institutional challenges facing the EU. How can Policy Coherence for Development be used to deliver on the 2030 Agenda? What role does civil society and the private sector play?

Introduction: Ulrika Modéer, State Secretary for International Development Cooperation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs


Fernando Frutuoso de Melo, Director-General, European Commission’s Directorate-General for

International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO)

Christian Leffler, Deputy Secretary-General for Economic and Global Issues, European External Action Service (TBC)

Ruth Jacoby, Director-General for International Development Cooperation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Annika Sundén, Chief Economist, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Kristina Henschen, Chair, CONCORD Sweden

11.15 How can we achieve the gender equality goals in the 2030 Agenda?

Gender equality goal 5 and gender equality targets under other goals in the 2030 Agenda coincide with Sweden’s gender equality policy priorities. The panel will discuss how Sweden and the EU can maintain an integrated and broad approach to gender equality in the international implementation and follow-up of the 2030 Agenda. How does the EU’s new plan contribute to gender equality? What strategies and tools are important?


Mara Marinaki, Principal Adviser on Gender and Women, Peace and Security, European External Action Service

Ann Bernes, Ambassador-at-Large for Gender Equality and the Coordinator of Feminist Foreign Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Lena Ag, Secretary-General, The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation

Representatives from the business sector (TBC).


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