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Mellan den 3 oktober 2014 och den 30 november 2021 var han statsminister.

Mellan den 21 januari 2019 och den 4 februari 2021 var hon miljö- och klimatminister samt vice statsminister.

Mellan den 25 maj 2016 och den 21 januari 2019 var hon minister för internationellt utvecklingssamarbete och klimat samt vice statsminister.

Mellan den 3 oktober 2014 och den 25 maj 2016 var hon biståndsminister.

Mellan den 3 oktober 2014 och den 25 maj 2016 var hon minister för strategi och framtidsfrågor samt nordiskt samarbete.

Tal av statsminister Stefan Löfven vid Sustainable Development Solutions Network Northern Europe

Publicerad

Göteborg, den 26 februari 2016

Det talade ordet gäller.

Madam Vice-Chancellor,
Mr President,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,

"Deep in the forest there's an unexpected clearing that can be reached only by someone who has lost his way."

This is a quote from one of Sweden's best loved poets, Tomas Tranströmer. It reveals hope, but also the mystery of the ways forward.

I remember the turn of the millennium. There weren't many people who believed that the Millennium Development Goals could be achieved.

Today we know better. We know that goals matter. We know they require cooperation, new alliances and new thinking. And this is why we are here today – to trigger transformative change.

Thank you very much for the invitation and the possibility to be here.

2015 was the best and one of the worst years in human history at the same time. And quite frankly, this is hard for people to grasp.

It's easy to veer between extremes – either being too optimistic or, more likely, too pessimistic. It seems to be a human feature that we have a hard time dealing with opposing facts. But we need to be able to handle two thoughts – two realities – at the same time.

Last year was the best ever for the average human being. The World Bank is now reporting that fewer than 10 per cent of the world's population now live in extreme poverty. Nine out of ten boys and girls go to school. Billions of people have gained access to clean water. A global middle class is emerging where one in two people have access to a mobile phone.

The world is actually better-educated, better-fed, healthier and freer than ever before.

At the same time, no one can have failed to note that last year was also the worst in a long, long time; with deepening wars, conflicts and terror attacks. We have the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War.

And last year was also the warmest on record. Climate change is catching up with us.

And even though we are seeing less poverty in the world, inequality is increasing.If you fill a bus with the richest people in the world, they own as much as the 3.5 billion poorest people.

So in spite of great progress, a lot of work remains to be done.

The 2030 Agenda with the 17 Global Goals is an extensive to-do list for the planet. Agreeing on the list was an important step in itself. But now the work has to begin. And your work on connecting society, academia and business. to find and spread solutions to reach the goals is crucial.

And in this work, I would like Sweden to take the lead.

There are two reasons for this.

It is the right thing to do. It is morally right. Allow me to digress for a moment and make a personal reference. You may know that I was a foster child. Ten months old, I arrived to my new parents in the northern part of Sweden, to a small village called Sunnersta. A loving family took me in. They raised me as their own child.

That means that I had the good fortune to be brought up in a society
where the legacy from the past doesn't prevent a good future, in a society where people take responsibility – not only for themselves but also for others.

To me, the 2030 Agenda carries that same shared responsibility. We all have a responsibility towards others, not only ourselves.

But it is also economically smart. Let me quote the IMF's Managing Director Christine Lagarde.

"You do not need to be an altruist to support policies that lift the incomes of the poor and the middle class. Everybody will benefit from these policies, because they are essential to generate higher, more inclusive and more sustainable growth."

To put it short – equal societies perform better.

But there is even more to it than that. I want Swedish research and Swedish companies to be at the very forefront with the best innovations, newest technology and smartest solutions, because it is also good business.

It will develop us as a country.It will both strengthen productivity and give us a competitive edge. It will create jobs and growth. We have a win-win-win situation.

Friends,

One of the success factors for the Global Goals and the 2030 Agenda  is the broad inclusion in developing these goals. It gives us strength now as we move forward.

And I am optimistic, truly optimistic.

I see the determination that all of you here represent. On a daily basis I meet people from every part of the society and all sectors who are ready to contribute.

Gothenburg is one of many Swedish municipalities that are showing the way as Scandinavia's largest transport hub with its port, the large automotive industry and the leading scientific research at Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg. You are trail-blazers for greener transport systems, and this is the result of close cooperation between politicians,
local authorities, business and academia, sharing goals and visions.

At national level I have set up an Innovation Council with representatives of business, academia and civil society to boost our innovation capacity. Research is important, but just as important is the ability to translate findings and ideas into products and services for the benefit of everyone. Innovations will be key for the transition to a more sustainable society.

To spur this transformation even more, the Government has set an ambitious national goal. Sweden will become one of the world's first
fossil-free welfare nations. We will demonstrate that you can combine
freedom from fossil fuels with prosperity, and I hope this will send strong signals to the rest of the world.

Many Swedish companies have played a decisive role in the development of the 2030 Agenda Ericsson's commitment has brought about considerable progress in terms of the entire ICT industry. Volvo and Scania are forerunners when it comes to transport of the future, and they are showing how we can build fossil-free transportation in both developing countries and developed economies.

In the area of consumer goods, both IKEA and H&M are informing people all over the world about the importance of their consumption decisions. Without the influence of consumers, the business sector will not change.

The Swedish finance industry has also played a key role in finding new models to finance the transition, and I would like to give one example
the work of Swedish Bank SEB on Green Bonds, which have gone from being a small pilot project to a billion-kronor industry in the course of just a few years.

Three ministers in the Government have particular responsibility for implementation. It is shared between the Minister for Public Administration, Ardalan Shekarabi, the Minister for Strategic Development and Nordic Cooperation, Kristina Persson, and the Minister for International Development Cooperation, Isabella Lövin, who you will be hearing later this afternoon and who will develop our international agenda.

The Government will appoint a national delegation to facilitate and stimulate implementation. The lessons learned from the implementation of Agenda 21 after the Rio Summit in 92 tell us that transformation is much stronger if it is constructed from the bottom up. Therefore, the delegation will work closely together with municipalities and counties.

A large number of government agencies will contribute with their knowledge, such as Statistics Sweden, which will help to develop indicators for follow-up and evaluation.

This will make the work and the results concrete.

Internationally, I have launched a High-level Support Group
with eight other world leaders. We promote the sharing of experiences and best practices, and we are working to maintain engagement
for the implementation of the agenda at the highest political level around the world.

There is no doubt that a framework of accountability – nationally, regionally and globally – helps all of us to deliver results.

Friends,

Let's go back to the unexpected clearing. Ground-breaking discoveries are not always made where or when we might expect.

New knowledge must be allowed to develop both in close cooperation with practice, in enhanced collaboration between academia, business and society, but also more freely, led by curiosity, with an understanding of how the world works as the only motivation.

All together this will give us new tools to create a better world for everyone.

Nothing could be more rewarding. So let's get to work.

Thank you.

Statsråd på denna sida som har bytt ansvarsområde

Mellan den 21 januari 2019 och den 1 oktober 2019 var han civilminister.

Statsråd på denna sida som har bytt ansvarsområde

Mellan den 21 januari 2019 och den 1 oktober 2019 var han civilminister.

Statsråd på denna sida som har entledigats

Mellan den 3 oktober 2014 och den 30 november 2021 var han statsminister.

Mellan den 21 januari 2019 och den 4 februari 2021 var hon miljö- och klimatminister samt vice statsminister.

Mellan den 25 maj 2016 och den 21 januari 2019 var hon minister för internationellt utvecklingssamarbete och klimat samt vice statsminister.

Mellan den 3 oktober 2014 och den 25 maj 2016 var hon biståndsminister.

Mellan den 3 oktober 2014 och den 25 maj 2016 var hon minister för strategi och framtidsfrågor samt nordiskt samarbete.

Statsråd på denna sida som har entledigats

Mellan den 3 oktober 2014 och den 30 november 2021 var han statsminister.

Mellan den 21 januari 2019 och den 4 februari 2021 var hon miljö- och klimatminister samt vice statsminister.

Mellan den 25 maj 2016 och den 21 januari 2019 var hon minister för internationellt utvecklingssamarbete och klimat samt vice statsminister.

Mellan den 3 oktober 2014 och den 25 maj 2016 var hon biståndsminister.

Mellan den 3 oktober 2014 och den 25 maj 2016 var hon minister för strategi och framtidsfrågor samt nordiskt samarbete.