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 second Annual General Meeting of the Association for Security Sector Education and Training (ASSET) took place from 2-3 March 2010 in Manila, the Philippines. As Chair of the ASSET Coordinating Committee and host to the ASSET Secretariat, ISSAT attended the AGM and also assisted the host of the 2010 AGM- the Institute for Strategic and Development Studies (ISDS) – in preparations for the meeting.
Overall objectives of the meeting included:
- Reviewing ASSET activity report for 2009
- Reviewing and finalizing ASSET Strategy and Operational Procedures, including agreeing Training Guidelines as a precursor to establishing an accreditation process for SSR training course.
- Developing ASSET programme of work for 2010
- Presenting a new ASSET webportal
- Reviewing training material of ASSET members
- Exploring possibilities for joint training initiatives
As part of its efforts to increase the capacity of SSR training providers and in a bid to harmonise SSR training, DCAF/ ISSAT continues to play a lead role in ASSET.
Established in 2007, ASSET is an open and voluntary association of organisations engaged in SSR education and training. ASSET aims to support its members in the design and delivery of SSR training programmes and teaching materials. The second ASSET AGM served to consolidate operational procedures of the Association and to determine key activities for the coming year.
The third Annual General Meeting of the Association for Security Sector Education and Training (ASSET) took place from 7 - 9 March 2010 in Antigua, Guatemala. As Chair of the ASSET Coordinating Committee and host to the ASSET Secretariat, DCAF/ ISSAT attended the AGM and also assist the host of the 2011 AGM– Instituto de Ensenanza para el Desarrollo Sostenible (IEPADES) – in preparations for the meeting.
Overall objectives of the meeting included:
- review ASSET’s activity report for 2010
- develop ASSET’s programme of work for 2011
- review of training material of ASSET members
- explore possibilities for joint training initiatives
- further focus on regional topics related to SSR (South-America)
Moldova and EU aims to sign the Association Agreement in the summer of 2014, with the intention to make the EU association process irreversible. Important for further process of Moldovan integration to Europe is the Government’s ability to implement current national strategies, laws, reforms and EU standards related to the Association Agreement. Key reform lies under the responsibility of the Moldovan MIA where there is a need to strengthen the strategic management to facilitate above mentioned implementations and reforms.
Moldovan MIA has a broad range of tasks under its responsibility and works closely linked to the Police, combined they employ almost 18, 000 police officers and civilians.
- Management of migration and asylum issues
- Fighting organized crime, protection of the safety of society and the national security
- Fighting the increased cross-border criminality and police corruption
- Increase of and improvement of the cooperation between the Police and other law enforcement agencies
- Adjustment to the relevant international and European standards and best practices, etc.
This video from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, puts the emphasis on the country's strategy to achieve SDG16 - Peace, Justice and Strong institutions - "to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels".
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The aim of the activities within the scope of this strategy is to contribute to strengthening the resilience of the Syrian population and of vulnerable groups in Syria's neighboring countries that are being severely affected by the conflict. The strategy will also contribute to strengthening democracy and gender equality and to greater respect for human rights in Syria and for refugees from Syria in neighboring countries. The strategy will apply to the period 2016–2020 and will comprise a total of SEK 1.7 billion.
The aim of Swedish international development cooperation is to create preconditions for better living conditions for people living in poverty and under oppression. Development cooperation will be based on the principles of aid effectiveness, and the new international agreements the international community agreed upon in 2015. The overall objective of the Strategy for sustainable peace is to contribute to the prevention of armed conflict, effective conflict resolution, sustainable peacebuilding, and state-building increased human security in fragile and conflict-affected states, and empowerment of women as well as of youth, children and other excluded groups in these situations. The strategy will apply between 2017–2022 and covers the funds allocated in the appropriation directions of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) for each budget year.