Sida works according to directives of the Swedish Parliament and Government to reduce poverty in the world. The overall goal of Swedish development cooperation is to contribute to making it possible for poor people to improve their living conditions.
The Ministry of Defence seeks to fulfil the objectives the Government and Riksdag (Swedish parliament) have set for defence policy, protection and preparedness against accidents and preparedness for severe peacetime emergencies. Sweden works in many different ways to promote peace, secure societies and international cooperation around the Baltic Sea, in Europe and in the world. Swedens security policy aims at preserving Swedens liberty and national independence, contributing to stability and security in our vicinity and strengthening international peace and security.
The Foreign Service is responsible for Swedens relations with other countries. The task of the Foreign Service is to contribute to realising the Governments overall foreign policy objectives. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is also responsible for coordinating Swedish foreign policy at the Government Offices.
The Challenges Forum is a strategic and dynamic platform for dialogue among policymakers, practitioners and academics on key issues and developments in peace operations. The aim is to shape the debate by promoting awareness of emerging issues and identifying key challenges facing military, police and civilian peace operations.
Challenges Annual Forum 2014 - Beijing
Group Photo Challenges Annual Forum 2014 - Beijing
The Challenges Forum seeks to support informed policymaking through analysis, the generation of practical recommendations, and to encourage their effective implementation at the international, regional and national level. The flagship Annual Forum gathers leading officials, practitioners and academics from across the globe, and is, on a rotating basis, hosted by one of the Challenges Forum’s partner organizations.
The Challenges Forum is a unique network of partner organizations from all continents, including the major troop– and police– contributing countries, and from the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. It reflects the military, police and civilian dimensions of peace operations and endeavours to be a broad-based and inclusive network, representing diverse views and perspectives on the norms, concepts and practice of peacekeeping. The partners represent a mix of government agencies, peacekeeping training centres, think-tanks and research institutions.
NCGM assists the military in integrating gender perspectives into the planning, execution and evaluation phases of operations through education and training, integrating gender into military exercises, cooperation through a network of key experts and institutions and by providing advice to policy and process development. NCGM collaborates closely with the Nordic countries, NATO, United Nations, European Union, other organisations and military training centres all around the world.