International cooperation

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency conducts international cooperation both bilaterally with selected countries and in various multilateral forum.

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Swedish EPA) conducts international cooperation both bilaterally with selected countries and in various multilateral forums. Our cooperation contributes to our vision of ’a good living environment for humans and all other living things, now and for future generations.’ It also strengthens our ability to achieve the Swedish generational goal, our environmental objectives as well as the Sustainable Development Goals under the global 2030 Agenda.

We know from experience that good environmental governance not only supports economic development but also establishes the foundation for prosperity and sustainable development.

Our overall ambition with the international cooperation is to contribute to the development of effective environmental authorities for mutual strategic benefit, such as implementing commitments under international environmental conventions and active participation in the development and formulation of strategies and policies in the EU.

In close collaboration with our partners we provide advice and technical assistance in developing more effective governance and management of environmental work.

Apart from our cross-cutting support of building strong institutions based on principles of good governance we focus our cooperation on the following prioritised areas:

  • Biodiversity
  • Climate and air
  • Environmental monitoring and data
  • Sustainable urban development.

Our current bilateral and multilateral cooperation, as well as our work on the environmental conventions, are described in the subheadings to the right.

Which countries and thematically areas Swedish EPA is working with, depends on Sweden’s development politics and environmental politics as well as the government’s policies and strategies for different areas, regions and organisations.

Sweden's coherence policy for international development (Policy for Global Development, PGU) makes it clear that all policies must work in synergy with the goal of achieving equitable and sustainable global development. PGU specifies six challenges, including climate change and environmental impact. It also states that Sweden will, among other things, work to mitigate climate change, support efforts for sustainable use of natural resources, integrate ecosystem services into cooperation strategies for different countries and act on sustainable consumption and production.

Swedish development cooperation (assistance) aims to contribute to poverty reduction, increased democratisation and sustainable development in other countries. Assistance aims to stimulate long-term development that increases people's ability to earn a living.

The Government has adopted a policy on climate and the environment in Swedish development cooperation. Strengthened institutional capacity of public administration is listed as a priority area. In the foreign policy and reform cooperation with Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans, the Government has set a specific target for EU approximation in all policies.

In September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the so called 2030 Agenda. The SDGs Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.

Sweden has the ambition to be a leader in implementing the 2030 Agenda – both at home and through contributing to its global implementation.

Cooperation is required if we are to be able to achieve our joint objective set out in the 2030 Agenda 2030. The Swedish EPA contributes with its experience and expertise on the ecological dimension – both nationally and internationally.

EU Environment Academy

Would you like in-depth knowledge of EU accession and integration of the EU acquis within the environmental area? During 2022, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with European Institute of Public Administration will offer an online course on these topics.

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