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Sweden allocates SEK 2 billion to development cooperation 

The Swedish Government and the Left Party today agreed to make an additional payment of some SEK 2 billion to development cooperation in 2015. The money will go to humanitarian aid, refugee and other similar organisations.

“I welcome this agreement. It is very positive for Swedish development cooperation and shows that Sweden takes responsibility and is leading the way in these times of difficult global challenges,” says Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin.

“The global humanitarian situation has seriously deteriorated in recent months. There are currently more than 60 million refugees around the world and more people than ever before are seeking asylum in Sweden. This is a serious and unprecedented situation,” says Ms Lövin.

The Government and the Left Party have agreed to make advance payments of some SEK 2 billion to organisations involved in humanitarian and conflict prevention, including the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The agreement means that the Government will propose that the Riksdag increase the development cooperation appropriation by the corresponding amount over the next few years by reducing the amount of aid used to support refugees.

The Government has previously decided that the costs for refugee reception must not exceed 30 per cent of the development cooperation budget.

{source: Government of Sweden}

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