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Statsministerns anförande vid rundabordssamtal om partnerskap vid världskonferensen om utvecklingsfinansiering, Addis Abeba


Tredje världskonferensen om utvecklingsfinansiering Addis Abeba, Etiopien, 13-15 juli 2015. Rundabordssamtal: Global partnership and the three dimensions of sustainable development.

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Honourable President,
Honourable Ministers,
Madame Chairperson,
Mr Secretary-General,
Mr Commissioner,
Madame Executive Director,
Distinguished Delegates,

The new sustainable development agenda will require a global partnership in the true sense of the word. Or rather, many partnerships. 


A distinct feature of this third conference on financing for development is the impressive participation by different stakeholders. It speaks to the broader understanding we have, today, about who can contribute to sustainable development.

As we look for more sources of financing for development, we look for more stakeholders. And partnerships become the vehicle to harness resources and capacity. 

Because in the long run it’s not just a matter of giving and receiving – traditional official development assistance. It’s also a matter of working together in partnership to achieve good things, through trade, investments, exchanges of ideas and knowledge, through cooperation with business and civil society, between governments and in the international community.

This interaction between science, business, society and politics will give birth to new solutions and innovations. And bring good forces together.

One field of promising interaction is in the greening of our economies and societies. We need to establish an environment where green partnerships can flourish.

Make it simple and easy to make the good choices – and difficult and expensive to make the bad ones. Create incentives and mechanisms to direct financial flows into sustainable energy and infrastructure. Introduce a high and fair price for carbon dioxide.

This requires cooperation, partnership and rules.

Global deal

Another area with partnership potential is decent work for all.

I know the power of joining forces, when representatives of labour and capital meet and agree on fair conditions in the labour market. With decent work, respecting fundamental labour rights, we can both increase productivity and promote inclusive growth.

- If we reduced deaths and accidents in the workplace by just a quarter, we would create resources corresponding to one per cent of the world’s GDP.

- If we let more women into working life, GDP growth would keep rising even faster.

- If we have good working conditions, people work better and achieve more.

There are opportunities here that the world cannot afford to ignore.

What I hope can be developed is a new global concept, where the various stakeholders in the labour market can see the benefits of joining forces to promote joint solutions, while still representing their different interests.

I like to call it a Global Deal.



You can’t give with one hand and take back with the other.

National policy on trade, migration, environment, fisheries, agriculture, and so on, should be analysed with regard to the possible impact – positive and negative – it might have on development efforts elsewhere.

When Sweden adopted a national agenda for policy coherence for sustainable development ten years ago, it was a step forward. It applies to all national policies and all ministries. Today, more are using this concept.

To be sure, coherence is complex to manage in the world of partnerships. But partnerships also make coherence more essential. Because we must ensure that our actions leverage development efforts – and never frustrate them.

The new development agenda demands partnership. We must work together to succeed. It also requires coherence. We cannot treat today’s challenges one by one, as isolated issues.

In this approach lies the opportunity for change, for new solutions, innovations and true justice.

Thank you.