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Between 21 January 2019 and 5 February 2021 she was Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister.

Between 25 May 2016 and 21 January 2019 she was Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister.

Between 3 October 2014 and 25 May 2016 she was Minister for International Development Cooperation.

Ministers on this page who have left the Government

Between 21 January 2019 and 5 February 2021 she was Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister.

Between 25 May 2016 and 21 January 2019 she was Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister.

Between 3 October 2014 and 25 May 2016 she was Minister for International Development Cooperation.

Press release from Ministry for Foreign Affairs

A new strategy for human rights, democracy and the rule of law 2018–2022

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The Swedish Government has adopted a new strategy for human rights, democracy and the rule of law that will apply to Swedish development cooperation between 2018 and 2022.

"We are seeing worrying trends around the world. The space for civil society is shrinking. It is becoming more and more difficult for human rights defenders and civil society actors in general, and journalists too, to do their work and scrutinise those in power. These dangerous global trends must be combated," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin.

The strategy is based on three areas: inclusive and democratic societies, equal rights for all, and security, justice and responsibility. It will serve as a development cooperation toolbox to fight negative global trends.

Human rights are an integral part of international law and a prerequisite for upholding peace and security, and for just, gender-equal and sustainable development. They are key to upholding democracy and the rule of law. But, at the same time, they in turn require systems of democracy and the rule of law to be fully enjoyed.

Democracy and respect for human rights and the rule of law are goals in and of themselves, but also a means of achieving other goals. Women's and girls' enjoyment of human rights is central to all three dimensions of sustainable development, democracy and adherence to the rule of law.

Press contact

Anders Maxson
Press Secretary to Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00

Ministers on this page who have left the Government

Between 21 January 2019 and 5 February 2021 she was Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister.

Between 25 May 2016 and 21 January 2019 she was Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister.

Between 3 October 2014 and 25 May 2016 she was Minister for International Development Cooperation.

Ministers on this page who have left the Government

Between 21 January 2019 and 5 February 2021 she was Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister.

Between 25 May 2016 and 21 January 2019 she was Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister.

Between 3 October 2014 and 25 May 2016 she was Minister for International Development Cooperation.