Key note by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven address at World Economic Forum Session ”Operationalizing the Sustainable Development Goals" (SDGs)

Davos, den 20 januari 2016

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Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

Bad news tends to dominate today's political agenda. We need to give these issues our full attention, of course, and find solutions.

But we should also feel encouraged. A few months ago, in New York and Paris, international leaders showed a common determination to take on the long-term challenges we face. I want to commend the Secretary-General of the United Nations for these tremendous achievements last year.

The 2030 Agenda adopted in September provides a solid platform for the policies needed to build equitable and sustainable societies. And to help ensure that the 2030 Agenda is not only adopted but also implemented, I have launched a High-Level Support Groupwith eight other world leaders tomaintain the highest level political engagement.

The implementation of the global goals is also a high priority for the Swedish Government. And – I am pleased to say – for Swedish society. Swedish business, trade unions, CSOs and academia have been deeply engaged in the formulation and negotiations on the 2030 Agenda and are now preparing for its implementation.

Last Monday, I met almost 600 representatives of all sectors of Swedish society to discuss how we can best implement the 2030 Agenda. Let me take a minute to share with you some concrete actions we discussed.

Firstly, the Swedish Government has high corporate social responsibility ambitions. We have recently launched a National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights to better support Swedish companies' CSR efforts.

Secondly, we want to make greater use of public procurement to achieve the global goals. By enforcing sustainability requirements in public procurements, the Swedish contracting authorities will their resources more responsibly. We are currently working on a National Procurement Strategy to clearly establish public procurement targets. A dedicated National Agency for Public Procurement has been established to provide support aimed at making procurements more sustainable.

My third example relates to environment policy. Sweden aims to have a fossil-free vehicle fleet by 2030 and, in the long term, to be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy. To speed up reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, a grants programme for local and regional investment to mitigate climate change was introduced last year. This will also create new green jobs.

We are now launching a national implementation scheme for the 2030 Agenda. It includes a designated national committee and specific assignments for a number of government agencies. We will invite municipalities, the business sector, trade unions, academia and civil society to contribute. For truly transformativeresults, early involvement of the local level is essential.

I look forward to exchanges of mutual learning about how to organise our work, both nationally and internationally. I believe that sharing best practices and concrete examples of collaboration, as we are doing here today, is the key to achieving great results for our countries, and thus for the world.

Thank you.