Community protection and preparedness are about ensuring that the whole of society can cope with both minor and major accidents and crises. Emergency preparedness is intended to protect the lives and health of the population, society's ability to function and the capacity to uphold basic values such as democracy, the rule of law and human rights.
Sweden's defence must be well-prepared to be able to defend the country, but also to contribute to stability in the surrounding world. This requires a defence system that is adapted to today's threats and to the rapid sequences of events in which conflicts arise and are determined. This requires an operational defence that is functional and available. The Government is therefore establishing a new focus for Swedish defence in its Bill A functional defence 2008/09:140. A focus that will provide a significantly stronger defence capability.
In regions at war men hold by tradition a special position and women's rights and significance for stability in a country are overlooked. In view of this, in 2000 the UN passed "Resolution 1325". It addresses the problem and requires that the situation of women in conflicts be particularly taken into account and that they be involved in the work of creating peace and reconstructing their country.
The ultimate purpose of Sweden's involvement in peace support operations is to help maintain international peace and security so as to facilitate fair and sustainable global development. In the long-term perspective, Swedish participation in peace support operations is also a matter of promoting our national security and Swedish interests.
Since 1 January 2007, the EU has two battlegroups on standby for six months at a time, following a rotating schedule. The forces can quickly be deployed to a crisis area. As of 1 January 2008, Sweden, together with Finland, Norway, Estonia and Ireland, will be on standby in the Nordic Battlegroup.