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Speech by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at the Leaders’ Summit

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New York 20 September 2016.
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Your Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to begin by thanking President Obama for initiating this Summit and for his personal engagement in the global refugee crisis.

I am proud to be one of the co-hosts of this summit.

No country, no continent, no organisation can handle this challenge alone. We must work together. This is why we are here.

We need to bolster global efforts with ambitious new commitments.
More countries have to take a greater share.

During my recent visit to Jordan I met with King Abdullah ll and visited the Za'atari refugee camp.

I would like to start there. Because as Europeans or Americans or Australians, we must always remind ourselves that most refugees never come to our countries.

They walk cross borders in search for safety. They stay there with the hope of being able to return to their homes and relatives as soon as possible.

While they wait, and hope, there should be more than a roof or tarp over their heads. There should be safe water, enough food rations, heat if it is cold. There should be classrooms for the children and
increased possibilities of work for women and men.

This is not of benefit to the children, to the women and men alone
but to society as a whole, and it will prepare them for their return home.

Proximity to countries of origin should not be the only determinant of solidarity. We all have a shared global responsibility.

Sweden has for many years shown a strong commitment
to good humanitarian donorship.

Last year Sweden was the seventh largest humanitarian donor. For 2016, Sweden has so far allocated approximately USD 625 million in humanitarian aid.

Today I am proud to announce that the Government of Sweden plans to make an extraordinary contribution of USD 17.5 million to the IOM-UNHCR Emerging Resettlement Countries Joint Support Mechanism
and USD 20 million to the World Bank Global Crisis Response Platform.

Our strong and long-standing commitment to resettlement continues.
We have committed to gradually increasing the number of resettlement places in the coming years.

It is high time to take responsibility.
Together we can ease the suffering for many more people.Together we can make a difference.

Thank you.

 

Ministers on this page who have left the Government

Between 3 October 2014 and 30 November 2021 he was Prime Minister. 

Ministers on this page who have left the Government

Between 3 October 2014 and 30 November 2021 he was Prime Minister.