The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency conducts international cooperation both bilaterally with selected countries and in various multilateral forums.
The international cooperation contributes to our vision and improves our ability to achieve the Swedish generational goal and our environmental objectives. The purpose of our international collaborations is to contribute to our vision of "contributing to a good living environment for humans and all other living things, now and for future generations." Our 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. Environmental policy has established that environmental efforts should focus on 16 national environmental quality objectives. Sweden is exposed to environmental impacts from other countries which affect Sweden´s ability to achieve its environmental goals. At the same time, Swedish consumption and production have an impact on environmental performance in other countries. The overall of Swedish environmental policy, the so-called generational goal, specifies that efforts to resolve Swedish environmental problems should not be at the expense of environmental and health problems occurring in other countries.
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.
To be proactive, supportive and unifying in the implementation of environmental policies, including in an international context, the Swedish EPA has chosen to focus on the following bilateral and multilateral cooperation activities. Our bilateral collaborations currently include the following countries: India, China, Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine and Belarus. Our multilateral collaborations include the Arctic Council, the Barents Euro-Arctic Council Working Group on Environment, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the United Nations Environment Programme, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Nordic environmental cooperation and international training courses.